In the first 100 days of his administration, Joe Biden issued more executive orders than any other president in history. Biden has signed 105 executive orders as of August 8, 2023, breaking the previous mark of 103 set by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.
Biden has utilized executive orders to address a variety of topics, such as immigration, health care, climate change, and gun control. Additionally, he has utilized executive orders to roll back some of President Trump’s measures.
The following are a few of Biden’s most notable executive orders:
- An executive order rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change.
- An executive order reversing Trump’s travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries.
- An executive order expanding background checks for gun purchases.
- An executive order extending the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate.
Executive orders have been controversially used by Biden. Some detractors contend that he is abusing his power and that his executive orders violate the Constitution. Others contend that he is utilizing executive orders to deal with crucial issues that Congress is unable to resolve.
Only time will tell how history will evaluate Biden’s use of executive orders. Yet there’s no denying that he’s broken the previous record for the number of executive orders a president has issued in his first 100 days in office.
The following table lists the presidents who signed the most executive orders within their first 100 days in office:
|President||Number of executive orders|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt||103|
|Harry S. Truman||90|
It is worth noting that the number of executive orders signed by a president can vary depending on the political climate and the specific issues facing the country at the time.
For instance, Roosevelt issued numerous executive orders to alleviate the economic situation during the Great Depression. Similar to how Obama’s programs were reversed by Trump, who signed a high number of executive orders.