Biden faces scrutiny over reliance on executive orders (Aamer Madhani)
News Journal - Questions have been raised about the new president’s “heavy reliance on executive orders in his first days in office.” More than 3 dozen “executive orders and directives” have been signed in a little over a week.
Sen. Mitch McConnell has questioned whether this practice is consistent with “the Democrat’s pledge as a candidate to be a consensus-builder." And the New York Times ran an “opinion piece” entitled “Ease up on the Executive Actions, Joe.”
On Jan. 28, Biden suggested that his latest actions were to “undo the damage Trump has done” rather than “initiating any new law.” He also observed that he was intent on pushing his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through Congress. (White House communications director Kate Bedingfield referred to this package in a tweet as the “American Rescue Plan.”)
In general, aides have “defended the heavy use of presidential actions at the start of the administration as a necessary stopgap to address the worst public health crisis in more than a century and reverse some of Trump’s policies.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki elaborated on the latter point as follows: “There are steps, including overturning some of the harmful, detrimental and, yes, immoral actions of the prior administration that [the president] felt he could not wait to overturn, and that’s exactly what he did.”