EXPLAINER: Executive orders can be swift but fleeting

first_img TAGS  Local NewsUS News Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived at the White House ready to wield his pen to dismantle Donald Trump’s legacy and begin pushing his own priorities. Presidents Trump and Barack Obama both relied on executive orders and other presidential directives to get some of their most controversial policies around a deadlocked Congress. But no president has come out of the gate as eager to use the authority as Biden. A primer on how the presidential power works and its often fleeting impact: EXECUTIVE ORDERS: THE BASICS An executive order is a signed, written and published directive from the president that manages operations of the federal government. Congress can’t just pass legislation to overturn an order, but it can use legislative action — such as cutting off funding — to gum up the president’s intentions. A new president may overturn a predecessor’s order by issuing another executive order effectively canceling it. Biden has done that repeatedly during his first days in office as he looks to chip away at Trump policies over a gamut of issues, including environmental regulations, immigration policies and the government response to the coronavirus pandemic. Presidents going back to George Washington have issued thousands of directives to manage federal government business, according to data collected by the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Many are innocuous, such as giving federal employees the day after Christmas off. But executive orders — and their policy sausage-making siblings, the proclamation and political memorandum — can also be used by a president to push policy objectives that the leader can’t get through Congress. WINDING BACK THE CLOCK Time is of the essence for Biden, who vowed as a candidate to act quickly to get the coronavirus pandemic under control and undo what he considers the damage done by Trump’s policies. Many of Biden’s orders during his first days in office are directly related to the pandemic — a mask mandate on federal property, an executive order providing guidance on safely reopening schools and stopgaps intended to increase food aid and protect job seekers on unemployment because of the virus. But Biden has also used executive action to try to wind the clock back more than four years to the Obama presidency. For example, Biden issued an order reversing a Trump-era Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender people from serving in the military. Trump himself had issued an order reversing an Obama action that laid the groundwork for transgender people to serve openly. Biden also signed a memorandum to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of people who came to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation since it was created in 2012 through an Obama directive. Trump issued his own executive order to undo DACA in 2017. Other orders targeting foundational policies of the last administration include a Biden directive to reverse Trump’s ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, executive action to rejoin the Paris climate accord and a proclamation stopping construction of his predecessor’s border wall. BOTH SIDES DO IT; BOTH SIDES COMPLAIN To be sure, modern presidents from both parties have been heavy users of executive orders — and have been criticized by the opposition party. Bill Clinton had 364 orders over two terms, George W. Bush signed 291 over his eight years in office and Barack Obama issued 276. Trump in his one term signed 220 orders. Not surprisingly, some Republicans have complained about Biden’s early reliance on executive orders. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee scoffed in a tweet, ”@POTUS, you can’t govern with a pen and a phone.” Democrats have, by and large, welcomed Biden’s orders as a necessary salve to deal with some of Trump’s most divisive policies. But the president has also faced substantive criticism from both the left and right about some of the early orders. Republicans have complained that Biden is wasting taxpayer dollars by halting construction on the U.S. border wall since signed contracts related to construction will still have to be paid out. On the left, some racial justice and civil liberty groups were underwhelmed by a series of orders that Biden issued in what White House officials said was an opening effort to address equity and racial injustice. Biden sold himself to voters as the antidote Washington needs: the deeply experienced statesman who could bring bipartisan comity to Washington. As his presidency plays out, an overreliance on executive orders could undercut that argument. LIMITING A PRESIDENT’S ORDER The courts and Congress can both check a president’s power to govern by executive fiat. Already, Biden saw his attempt to order a 100-day deportation moratorium hamstrung by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton found the Biden administration had failed “to provide any concrete, reasonable justification” for a pause in deportations and ordered a restraining order blocking Biden’s order from going into effect. President Harry Truman saw his attempt to seize steel production facilities in the midst of the Korean War thwarted by the U.S. Supreme Court, which found that the president lacked authority to seize private property without authorization from Congress. Obama tried to use executive authority to fulfill his campaign pledge to close the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that over the years has held many high-profile international terror suspects. Congress stymied him by voting to block funding to pay for the transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo to the U.S., including for prosecution or medical care. HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW The experiences of both Trump and Obama underscore the fleeting nature of executive orders. Both Trump and Obama saw their most durable policy legacies come through congressional legislation — for Trump, the 2017 tax cuts, and for Obama, his signature Affordable Care Act. Trump tried mightily but failed to push a Republican-controlled Congress to repeal “Obamacare.” He did, however, diminish a key aspect of the health care law when his own tax overhaul legislation reduced the penalty for not having insurance to $0. Now Trump is seeing many of his own orders, proclamations and memoranda shredded by Biden. And Biden could very well see many of his executive actions undone by whoever follows him into office. Biden economic adviser Brian Deese acknowledged that some of the president’s executive actions — such as directives retooling government calculations on food assistance for Americans living in poverty and another extending moratoriums on evictions for Americans whose lives have been upended by the pandemic — were merely stopgaps as the president tries to win bipartisan support for a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. In the end, Deese said, the orders, while helpful, are pale substitutes for comprehensive legislative action passed by Congress.center_img Facebook Pinterest Facebook Previous article‘Take every shift as it comes’: No respite for UK hospitalsNext articleTractor Supply Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Results and Increases Quarterly Dividend By 30% Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp EXPLAINER: Executive orders can be swift but fleetinglast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Katy Perry, Sutton Foster & More

first_img View Comments It’s the dog days of summer, but the Great White Way is buzzing with opening nights of Penn & Teller on Broadway on July 12 and Amazing Grace on July 16. What else is up this week? We’ve got Aaron Lazar singing solo, Sutton Foster back on stage and Broadway favorites honoring a bubbly pop princess. Get ready for this week’s picks! Take Home Peter Pan & the BardIn stores July 17If you sing along at a Broadway musical, you’ll probably be asked to leave…or if you’re good, sign a contract and join the ensemble. (Hey, it could happen.) But singing along to the tunes coming from your phone or computer? Go full-on Merman and reach for those stars, you lovable dreamer! You have two more opportunities today with the release of the original cast recordings of both Finding Neverland and Something Rotten! Make Time for NPH on TVJuly 14 on NBCWe’re a bit confused about all the talent shows on TV. Is The Voice the one where the losers are covered in honey and wrestle a hungry bear, or is that American Idol? Anyway, for four weeks we’ll know America’s Got Talent because that’s the one Neil Patrick Harris is on! The always-game NPH begins his stint on the show to determine which contestants get a chance to perform at Radio City Music Hall. Find Aaron Lazar…Singing!July 13 at BirdlandIn “Look for Me in the Songs,” Broadway favorite Aaron Lazar lends his pipes to selections ranging from the Great American Songbook to Billy Joel. Good thing we have context, because the title sounds like a murder mystery TV series where the clues are presented in song lyrics. We’d watch that, especially if Patti LuPone played the tough, but big-hearted police chief. Click for tickets! Star Files RSVP for The Wild PartyBegins July 15 at New York City CenterSutton Foster’s success on Younger is awesome, but it’s great to have her back on stage—even for a little while (through July 18). The two-time Tony winner takes the lead in The Wild Party at Encores! Off-Center. Andrew Lippa’s 2000 musical tells the story of jazz baby Queenie (Foster) who throws the party to end all parties with her lover Burrs (Steven Pasquale). Click for tickets! See Broadway Go PopJuly 13 at 54 BelowKaty Perry isn’t on the Great White Way yet, but we can totally see a Perry-inspired musical: Flashy costumes, loads of camp and big emotional lyrics. (Or maybe she can just star in the Clueless musical?) Taylor Louderman and Lesli Margherita are among the big-name voices on hand for two performances of Broadway Loves Katy Perry. Click for tickets! Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

KMPDU issues strike notice over unresolved CBA

first_imgThe KMPDU Secretary-General also went ahead to state that healthcare workers’ infections in Kenya were well over 1000 yet they had not been provided with a comprehensive cover.“Six months into the pandemic the Government of Kenya is yet to fulfil its pledge on the provision of comprehensive medical insurance and compensation for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” he said.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauDr Mwachonda at the same time attributed the disrupted healthcare services at the county level to the unresolved Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) issues between the National Government and KMPDU.“The CBA is in its final year of implementation, several issues remain unresolved. Failure to fully operationalise the CBA has directly been linked to the scattered approaches that individual county governments and the national government have taken,” he said.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThis, Dr Mwachonda added, has been evidenced by the various industrial actions across the counties and the myriad of court cases against many county governments.The KMPDU Secretary-General further said that the lack of resolving the CBA had also caused some doctors to be denied of the gains of on-call and risk allowances.The solution to all the above issues as Dr Mwachinda said was the creation of a Health Service Commission which would address myriad of HR challenges the country has faced pre-COVID, worsened by COVID. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has Monday issued a strike notice if their challenges remain unresolved. KMPDU Ag Secretary-General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda through a presser said: “because of persistent failure and lacklustre approach to address the HRH challenges endemic, in the health sector worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, KMPDU has resolved to consult and mobilise its members for industrial action if challenges remained unresolved.”Among their grievances according to Dr Mwachonda is that the Government had withdrawn the incentive of the COVID-19 allowance, an incentive which was withdrawn with no commitment or indication of its payment despite the increased risk that healthcare workers continue to face.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths “It is now evident that the focus on COVID-19 was skewed towards procurement that bore the COVID-19 tenderpreneurs at the expense of the much-needed human resource for health,” Dr Mwachonda said.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Betstudios all set to unveil new mobile betting platform

first_img Related Articles Share GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Share GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Following a complete and comprehensive renewal of its platform, Betstudios has announced the launch of its new mobile betting offering.The Maltese based software suppliers, has detailed that a particular focus has been placed upon making the new system intuitive and flowing for consumers.Amongst the changes are revamped casino lobby and sports betting sections, showcasing an enhanced UX designed to reflect “the changing way people perceive and use mobile devices.”In addition to this, a new retail version of its sports betting application is also set to be introduced, with all changes to be unveiled at next months ICE London.  Andre Genovese, Managing Director of Betstudios, explained: “Our modern architecture brings a lot of flexibility which is hard to find anywhere else.“Our main target is for Betstudios to become a household name in the provision of sportsbook and gaming platforms, as we know we have a competitive and complete product.“ICE is a great opportunity for us to get together with our peers and encourage them to experience our products and how they have evolved since last year.“We are trying to attract businesses that are looking for personal attention and the ability to make use of a software product that is tailor-made for their needs.”Betstudios states that a number of landmarks have been reached over the past 12 months, with Genovese also outlining the firms brief 2018 goals: “2017 was a year of success, where we witnessed a growth that exceeded our plans.“Over the last 12 months we have teamed up with a number of resellers in strong emerging markets, allowing us to adapt further our product to different parts of the world.“In 2018 we will continue certifying our product in different jurisdictions, giving our customers a broad range of licensing options, whilst adding more content to our games portfolio.”last_img read more