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H.R. 716 (117th): To promote accountability and transparency in future executive orders.

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 2, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

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President Joe Biden signed 22 executive orders in his first week, more than his seven predecessors signed in all of their first weeks combined. (The exact numbers: four for Donald Trump, five for Barack Obama, zero for George W. Bush, two for Bill Clinton, one for George H.W. Bush, zero for Ronald Reagan, and one for Jimmy Carter.)

Biden’s unprecedented reliance on executive orders has provoked consternation not only from his opponents, but even from his ostensibly supporters. The New York Times editorial board, which endorsed Biden in October, wrote …



1st Session

H. R. 716


February 2, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To promote accountability and transparency in future executive orders.


Notification respecting certain executive orders


In general

Not later than 30 days before issuing a qualifying executive order, the President shall transmit to the Congress, and make publicly available, a notification with respect to such executive order. Such notification shall contain—


the text of the executive order;


the Federal law or laws affected by the executive order that is the subject of the notification;


how the President is working within the parameters specified in Federal law and the Constitution;


the means by which the executive order will be accomplished, including through any related Federal agencies or departments; and


a comprehensive list of organizations, businesses, and other parties or entities the President, or the President’s designee, engaged with prior to the issuance of such executive order.



Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 12 months thereafter, the President shall submit to the Congress a report on the outcome of each qualifying executive order issued during the period covered by the report.


Qualifying executive order

The term qualifying executive order means any executive order (including an executive order that revokes or nullifies a previous executive order) issued on or after January 20, 2021, relating to the right of law-abiding individuals in the United States to own, carry, and use firearms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution.