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A rule or order issued by the president to an executive branch of the government and having the force of law.
- ‘And they would be subject to a military tribunal, under the executive order that the President signed.’
- ‘Presidents establish policy by issuing executive orders, national security directives, and, under the current Bush administration, homeland security directives.’
- ‘He issued an executive order directing the Secretary of Commerce to seize and operate several steel mills.’
- ‘By executive order, President Truman outlawed the separation of races in the armed services.’
- ‘Good manners in a democracy dictate that executive orders issued by an outgoing president at the end of his mandate never deal with questions of high importance for the political future of the country.’
- ‘The ‘plunge protection team’ was established by a special executive order issued by former President Ronald Reagan in 1989.’
- ‘It's hard to measure the scope of any president's ambitions by the number of laws or executive orders he signs.’
- ‘He established a headquarters and local branch offices, rules and by-laws; he found people to act as officials, and issued executive orders to members making their activities official.’
- ‘Now he seems to have retreated to something more like a ‘reinventing government’ strategy, using executive orders and rule changes.’
- ‘But the next President could well issue executive orders that would accomplish big changes.’
- ‘We were unable to pass legislation permanently ending it, but extensive assurance was given, executive orders were issued, and the Army was supposed to be out of the domestic spying business.’
- ‘And last but not least, the president has been issuing executive orders that have been implementing many of the ideas.’
- ‘That has not been addressed by the Supreme Court, and that is what the new executive order and legislation attempt to answer.’
- ‘The president then issued an executive order instituting a ‘loyalty program’ for government employees.’
- ‘Well, if the judge determines that the law is unconstitutional, then the executive order issued pursuant to that law is not a lawful order.’
- ‘The US presently has executive orders and legislation in place to impose sanctions on any company (US or otherwise) that develops Iran's oil fields.’
- ‘Every president has used executive orders to bypass Congress.’
- ‘President Hoover signed an executive order setting aside the lands around the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead as a recreation area and wildlife refuge.’
- ‘Other presidents have shared this view, using their power to issue executive orders and regulations to solve problems when Congress failed to fulfill its responsibilities.’
- ‘National government power generally has expanded over state power through Supreme Court decisions, constitutional amendments, executive orders, and federal statutes.’
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