A running list of President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders

Last Updated: March 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017. Here is an updated, running list of the Executive Orders he’s signed into law. (The most recent order is first; the oldest is last.)

18. A Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

Signed: March 13, 2017

This is President Trump’s simplest and shortest order yet. It tells the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to develop a plan for improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the federal government. This person’s job is to cut “unnecessary” agencies, meaning anything he or she believes could be better handled by states or private firms, anything redundant, anything that’s not cost-efficient, adn anything that wouldn’t cost too much to shut down or merge with another agency.

17. Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (***REVISION of #5***)

Signed: March 6, 2017

President Trump showcases an updated “travel ban” Executive Order, March 6, 2017

This order is an updated, revised version of President Trump’s fifth executive order, the controversial “travel ban” that the courts suspended last month. It temporarily bans travel to the U.S. from six counties: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen; the previous order also included Iraq. Additionally, the U.S. refugee program is frozen for 120 days while vetting procedures are reviewed. The new order also removes the mention of “radical Islamic terrorism.”

Read more about this Executive Order here.

16. The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Signed: February 28, 2017

This Executive Order moves the federal initiative about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) into the White House, from the Department of Education, where it was located under former President Obama’s administration. It creates a President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs, although much of the budgeting and administration will stay with the Department of Education.

15. Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule

Signed: February 28, 2017

This order targets the “Clean Water Rule” by instructing the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers to “review and reconsider” the rule. No additional specifics have been provided, but another executive order pertaining to this is expected. The “Clean Water Rule” was implemented in 2015 and was intended to clarify which of the nation’s waterways should be protected under the Federal Clean Water Act; it includes streams, wetlands, and other small waterways that collectively provide drinking water for an estimated 117 million people, 1 in 3 Americans.

14. Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda

Trump signs Executive Order on regulatory reform with business executives who advise him on policy looking on, February 24, 2017

Signed: February 24, 2017

This order directs heads of departments and agencies to designate a “regulatory reform officer” to oversee implementation of regulations and identify needed changes.
The order calls for each federal agency to create a task force to review existing regulations and make recommendations about which should stay, which should be modified, and which should go. Trump has called for a major overhaul of government regulations, saying they stifle economic growth.

13. Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

Signed: February 9, 2017

This was the last of the series of four executive orders President Trump signed on February 9th, intended to protect police officers and target international gangs at the center of illegal drug trade. Trump cast himself as the “law-and-order candidate” during the campaign, and said this order is “designated to restore safety in America.” This order creates a task force on crime reduction and criminal justice that will “exchange information and ideas” and “develop strategies to reduce crime.”

12. Providing an Order of Succession within the Department of Justice

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order changes the order of succession for Attorney General. The sequence is now: the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Jeff Sessions is currently serving as Attorney General, taking office on February 9, 2017. Just a week before leaving office, former President Obama signed an executive order changing the order of A.G. succession without explanation.

11. Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order identifies human trafficking, drug smuggling, cyber-crime, financial crimes, and corruption as threats to “public safety and national security.” It instructs the administration to cut down on organized crime (like gangs and cartels) by increasing cooperation with foreign governments and the way they share information and data. The “Threat Mitigation National Intelligence” will lead this initiative, and will deliver a report to President Trump within 120 days. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly serve on the “Threat Mitigation National Intelligence” committee.

10. Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order calls on the Department of Justice to “enhance the protection and safety” of law enforcement by increasing the penalties for crimes committed against police officers. The Attorney General oversees this order, and is instructed to determine whether existing laws adequately protect law enforcement. If they are not found to do so, the Attorney general must propose legislation to better protect officers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions passes Trump executive order documents to be signed, February 9, 2017

9. Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

Signed: February 9, 2017

The order instructs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a task force that would propose new legislation to reduce crime, uncover drug trafficking, and expose illegal immigra
tion and violent crime. The newly-assembled task force will submit a yearly report to President Trump.

8. Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

Signed: February 3, 2017

The order says the U.S. Financial System must have the following “Core Principles”: making regulation “efficient, effective, and appropriately tailored,” preventing government bailouts, and ensuring that U.S. firms are competitive with foreign companies. The Secretary of the Treasury must review financial regulations and report back to the President in 120 days, to determine whether financial policies are in accordance with the outlined “Core Principles.”

7. Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

Signed: January 30, 2017

The order says the government must cut two regulations for every one, new regulation proposed. Regulations cannot cost anything, meaning any costs associated with regulations must be offset by eliminations. The head of each agency must keep a record of the money saved under this order, and they must send those reports to the president.

6. Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees

Signed: January 28, 2017

The order prevent executive branch officials from lobbying for five years after leaving office. It also places a lifetime ban on lobbying a foreign government. The order bans appointees from accepting gifts from registered lobbyists and bans appointees who were lobbyists from participating in any issues they petitioned for within the last two years.

5. Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

Signed: January 27, 2017

A group of protesters, angry about the President’s “travel ban” executive order. Thousands protested in airports nationwide on January 27, 2017

The order temporarily suspends the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia, for 90 days. All refugees are barred from the country for 120 days. Syrian refugees, in particular, are banned indefinitely. During the ban, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security will revise the refugee admission process. After this order was signed, thousands of Americans protested at airports across the country.

Read more about this Executive Order here.

4. Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

Signed: January 25, 2017

The order directs federal funds towards construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare congressional budget requests for the wall. The order also instructs the government to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents, to build facilities to hold undocumented immigrants near the Mexican border, and to end “catch-and-release” protocols.

3. Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

Signed: January 25, 2017

The order strips federal grant money to “sanctuary cities.” It also orders the Secretary of Homeland Security to hire 10,000 more immigration officers, create a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, and review immigration policies. The order also creates an office to assist victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. Local and state police must now detain people they find that came to the United States illegally.

2. Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High-Priority Infrastructure Projects

Signed: January 24th, 2017

The order explains how the Trump administration will expedite environmental reviews and approval of “high priority” infrastructure projects, like bridge, airport, and highway repairs. The order instructs the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality to determine a project’s “environmental impact” and decide whether it’s “high priority” within 30 days of a request. This was issued in response to protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

1. Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Signed: January 20, 2017

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The new President signs his first executive order in the Oval Office, shortly after his inaugural parade ended, January 20, 2017

Trump signed his first order hours after taking the oath of office. It’s aimed at reversing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark legislation. The order says the Trump administration will “seek prompt repeal” of the law. It weakens parts of the law, instructing the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of any part of the law they think places a financial burden on the government.