Comparing Past Presidents' Executive Orders

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Richard Nixon: 346

No one in the White House would relish this comparison on any level, but after five years in office Obama has issued less than half the 346 ordered by Richard Nixon during his 5½ years in office. Nixon’s orders ranged from matters of drug law enforcement to federal pay rates to establishing presidential advisory boards. But his most remembered one is No. 11478, which guaranteed equal opportunity employment in the federal government. Like Obama’s recent order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, this one was an attempt to set a higher standard for business by example and without legislation.

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