President Donald J. Trump is not the first president to take decisive action through the use of Executive Orders. As Barack Obama convened his first Cabinet meeting in 2014, he said, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.”
Obama continued: ”And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”
In a move that is reminiscent of Barack Obama’s phone and pen, President Donald J. Trump has signed Executive Orders that will give taxpayers a payroll tax holiday until the end of the year; extend Unemployment Insurance benefits; extend student loan deferments; and extend the moratorium on eviction of renters and homeowners. Of course, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are criticizing the President’s EOs as unconstitutional.