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Biden signs record number of executive orders first week in office

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (WSIL) -- President Biden signed another series of executive orders Thursday, this time focusing on health-care issues, and adding to his record-use of such orders within the first week of a presidency.

Biden has now signed more than three-dozen executive orders, many to reverse the actions of the previous administration.

News 3 spoke with public policy expert, John Jackson, a visiting professor at the Paul Simon Institute. He says the growing criticism behind Biden's use of those orders is expected, as each new administration comes under scrutiny by the opposing party.

"I think he sees a crisis on two or three fronts, getting the COVID under control has been his number one objective," explains Jackson. "The debate comes in, where does the congress' authority begin, and where does the president's authority begin and end; and that particularly can be answered by, does it require a new appropriation."

Many of Biden's executive orders, like rejoining WHO and the Paris climate agreement, or protecting DACA, have not required new funding. Jackson adds, as new Presidents take office, executive orders are the quickest way to start governing.

"Moving legislation through congress takes time," says Jackson, adding, new presidents want to accomplish much during their first 100-days.

Joe Rehana

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