A critical look at Biden’s first Executive Orders set against the backdrop of Operation Peaceful Transition in Washington, DC.
While the U.S. governmental system of checks and balances often finds executive and legislative interests at odds, the most successful administrations have found ways to work together with Congress. The breakdown of that process has led to sharply increased reliance on executive orders.
Despite portraying himself as a “master negotiator” throughout last year’s campaign, Donald Trump as president has come to rely increasingly on the issuance of executive orders instead of brokering deals -- whether bipartisan or within his own majority party -- to meet his policy goals. Many of these executive orders