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Meade 1 Tom Meade Mr. Harvey AP Government 31 January 2011 Executive Orders Throughout America’s extensive history of presidents dating back to the inaugural days of President George Washington during the late 1700’s, to the present-day Obama Administration, the term “executive orders” has been subject to several different interpretations. By definition, executive orders are regulations originating from the executive branch. Executive orders are a method presidents can use to control the bureaucracy. It has also been known as a way in which the President can put laws into action without having to deal with the dreadful political gridlock that often arises during the Congressional voting process. As long as the executive order is in agreement with the Constitution, the executive order will be enforced as law. However, if the Supreme Court, or even lower courts for that matter, feels as though the executive order is unconstitutional, the court can try to nullify and cancel the executive order. The first executive order in American history came from the unanimously elected President George Washington about three months into his presidency. This executive order instructed the heads of the departments to make a “clear account” of the matters in their department. This executive order was widely accepted as constitutional, partially because of the tremendous respect that the nation had of Washington, but also because it made certain that clear records were being kept. These organized records could serve as a purposeful tool during times of questioned corruption. However, as time has gone on, executive orders have at times become progressively more controversial.
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