October 27, 1999
CATO Study: The Power of a President to Rule by Executive Order
The problem of presidents using executive orders to legislate, usurping the powers of Congress or the states, has grown exponentially with the expansion of government in the 20th century, William Olson, co-author of a new Cato Institute study on the abuse of executive orders, told the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process of the House Rules Committee today. This raises fundamental concerns about the separation and division of powers. The Constitution does not provide for the power of a president to rule by executive order.
Olson co-authored the study, Executive Orders and National Emergencies: How Presidents Have Come to Run the Country by Usurping Legislative Power, with Alan Woll.