U.S. Executive Orders In Fewer Words

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This page is about providing in layman terms a brief summary to the Executive Orders (EOs) of the President of the United States including a brief commentary (in due process) on each EO from 2017 to current. We are approaching the election soon and believe it wise to monitor the activity of Trump’s administration for preparedness. This will enlighten us on the condition of our country and offer insight on how issues are handled by the administration in our nation’s capital. Below you’ll find in numerical order starting from most current to 2017—the Executive Orders.





  • EO 13941: Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access
    • In summary—Executive Order 13941 will attempt to improve the health of rural Americans by establishing a new payment model to fund rural healthcare providers so they can give quality care to their patients. It will direct money into developing and updating rural communications infrastructure to help facilitate telephone healthcare. Also, the order will attempt to eliminate regulatory burdens that limit the availability of clinical professionals.
  • EO 13940: Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13940 will attempt to ensure federal contracts use domestic labor by reviewing past federal hiring practices, then taking corrective measures based on findings. There is also language in the order to prevent American workers from being adversely affected by H-1B visa holders.

JULY 2020

  • EO 13939: Lowering Prices for Patients by Eliminating Kickbacks to Middlemen
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13939 will attempt to lower prices for medications by removing exemptions that allow middlemen to arbitrarily hike up prices on drugs at the expense of Americans and American tax payers.
  • EO 13938: Increasing Drug Importation To Lower Prices for American Patients
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13938 will attempt to lower prices for medications by removing policies that prohibit foreign produced drugs entering into the United States.
  • EO 13937: Access to Affordable Life-Saving Medications
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13937 will attempt to lower prices for insulin and epinephrine (popularly used as an EpiPin) for low-income earners by allowing individuals with low incomes to purchase insulin and epinephrine at the much lower negotiated price given to Federal Qualified Health Centers. According to the order this means those individuals could get those drugs for ‘penny pricing.’
  • EO 13936: The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13936 will attempt to make the United States no longer recognize Hong Kong as a distinct autonomous region by removing all preferential treatment given to Hong Kong and instead treating the city as an area governed by China. The order also states that all assets from Hong Kong that are currently in the United States cannot be transferred out of United States. At the end of the order there is a clause that allows for the President to reconsider this executive order if China changes their actions toward Hong Kong.
  • EO 13935: White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative
    • In Summary – Executive Order 13935 will attempt to improve the lives of Hispanic citizens by increasing access and awareness to quality educational opportunities that directly benefit Hispanic Americans. The order creates two groups. Working Group will work between government agencies to help facilitate opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The Commission will promote, strengthen, monitor, and advise on how to best increase prosperity to the Hispanic community.
  • EO 13934: Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes
    • In Summary – Executive Order 13934 will attempt to build and rebuild statues of American’s who made significant contributions to the United States by replacing statues where they were torn down and by creating a National Garden full of statues of American Heroes. Some examples of American Heroes listed in the order are previous Presidents, slavery abolitionists, and those who assisted in discovering America.

JUNE 2020

  • EO 13933: Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13933 will attempt to protect against and prevent the desecration of federal properties by prosecution to the fullest extent of the law (up to 10 years in prison), and hold governing officials that withhold law enforcement of their duties to protect federal properties accountable by limiting federal grants (funding) for jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies.
  • EO 13932: Modernizing and Reforming the Assessment and Hiring of Federal Job Candidates
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13932 will attempt a different approach to the hiring process by reviewing and revising all job classification and qualification standards for positions within the competitive service; the idea is to analyze potential and assess abilities of federal job seekers before accepting the ideal candidate for the position. In addition, the heads of agencies will structure the process of employment in a way that does not depend or rely solely on educational attainment but the capacity to perform the work that the position requires through evaluation assessment strategies.
  • EO 13931: Continuing the President’s National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13931 will attempt to continue EO 13845 as amended by revising section 10 “Termination of Council. The Council shall terminate on September 30, 2021, unless extended by the President.”
  • EO 13930: Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13930 will attempt to promote a child welfare system that reduces the need to place children into foster care. 20,000 young people have aged out of foster care and the percentage of those young people experiencing extraordinary life challenges such as homelessness, PTSD, and pregnancy is high. More than 400,000 children are currently in foster care.
  • EO 13929: Safe Policing for Safe Communities
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13929 will attempt to address police brutality by only allowing discretionary grant funding to police agencies who follow guidelines laid out in this executive order. These guidelines include being regularly reviewed by third party organizations approved by the Attorney General. There is also a provision in this order to greatly limit the use of a chokehold. Finally, this executive order asks for legislation to be put before congress to better equip police in de-escalation tactics, proper use of force, and handling the mentally impaired or disabled.
  • EO 13928: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated With the International Criminal Court
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13928 will attempt to prohibit the International Criminal Court (ICC) from making any arrests or charges of those residing in United States by freezing all property and assets of those individuals of doing business with the ICC directly or indirectly. It also prohibits all ICC members and their immediate family members from entering into the United States.
  • EO 13927: Accelerating the Nation’s Economic Recovery From the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13927 will attempt to mitigate the economic damage due COVID-19 resulting the (14.7% unemployment rate) 41 million americans out of a job by updating old-fashioned regulations and resolving unnecessary bureaucratic issues within agencies powered by infrastructure. This will [theoretically] reduce the amount of time in economic recovery and provide world-class infrastructure. Let’s get to work!
  • EO 13926: Advancing International Religious Freedom
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13926 will attempt to make the practice of religious freedom accessible to all people in the world by allocating 50 million dollars to promote organizations and programs that facilitate religious freedom and by making religious freedom a key component of all foreign diplomacy.

MAY 2020

APRIL 2020

MARCH 2020

  • EO 13912: National Emergency Authority To Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13912 will attempt to ensure appropriate consultation is undertaken with relevant state officials with respect to the utilization of National Guard Reserve Component units activated under this authority; order to active duty not to exceed 24 consecutive months, such units, and individual members of the Ready Reserve under the jurisdiction of the Secretary concerned, not to exceed 1,000,000 members on active duty at any one time.
  • EO 13911: Delegating Additional Authority Under the Defense Production Act With Respect to Health and Medical Resources To Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13911 will attempt to justify healthcare systems surge capacity and capability to respond to the spread of COVID-19 by expanding domestic production of health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19, including personal protective equipment and ventilators; Authority is granted under title III of the Act to guarantee loans by private institutions, make loans, make provision for purchases and commitments to purchase, and take additional actions to create, maintain, protect, expand, and restore domestic industrial base capabilities to produce such resources.
  • EO 13910: Preventing Hoarding of Health and Medical Resources To Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13910 will attempt to grant the Secretary the President’s authority under section 102 of the Act (50 U.S.C. 4512) to prevent hoarding of health and medical resources necessary to respond to the spread of COVID-19 within the United States.
  • EO 13909: Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
    • In Summary—Executive Order 13909 will attempt to require performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, and to implement the Act in subchapter III of chapter 55 of title 50, United States Code, is delegated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to all health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19 within the United States.





[Disclaimer: The one sentence summary you see above is our attempt to create a succinct statement from a 1-3 page document in terms every person can actually understand. We do our best to take our bias out of each statement, but we are only human. We are not unbiased creatures, in fact, quite the opposite. If you would like to read the actual document we have summarized you can visit the Federal Register or follow the links at the top of each post.]

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