Trump should consider consulting Congress

Jamie Pellikaan, Co-Editor


The legislative branch has the power to push policies to become laws; however, the current president would rather bypass this process altogether than consult Congress, something he needs to do to ensure cooperation between both branches of the government.

During President Donald Trump’s time in the Oval Office, he has signed 25 executive orders.

An executive order is, as defined by CNN, “an official document signed by the president that declares government policy.”

Such orders generally give instruction to various government agencies; however, executive orders do not have the power to reverse laws passed by Congress.

Every president since George Washington has used the power of executive orders. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, used executive orders extensively to enact policies.

Yet, Obama faced an increasingly antagonistic and polarized Congress, one that increasingly disagreed with most of his platforms and refused to further any piece of legislation he championed.

President Trump does not face this problem.

So why then does he continue to sign executive orders instead of consulting Congress?

Some argue that in order to fulfill his lengthy list of goals during his first 100 days in office, Trump must get fast results on his policies being implemented.

However, with a Republican-controlled Congress, those results could come fast and not be subjected to such scrutiny as Trump’s and Congress’s views generally line up.

Moreover, if Trump consulted Congress, it would create confidence in conservative voters who wish to see their representatives being consulted about potential laws.

Democrats should be involved in the process as well, ensuring everyone’s ideas are heard and discussed. Perhaps, Trump should work on his compromise skills.

Scrutiny plays a role in how the public views Trump and his ever larger number of executive orders as many see the orders as a way to further his agenda without the approval of anyone else.

But, there is a silver lining.

Though not subject to Congressional approval, any policy that Trump enacts through an executive order is subject to legal review.

This is exactly what occurred when Trump’s order regarding the immigration of people from seven Muslim countries being halted. The constitutionality regarding of it was called into question

A federal appeals court found the order unconstitutional, and Trump has gone back to the drawing board.

He recently unveiled his new immigration order, which will take effect March 16.

Many of Trump’s other executive orders were called into question as well, and if Congress was consulted, perhaps the Trump administration’s ideas would be better presented to the public if both sides of the aisle had input before they were enacted.