With Congress deeply divided, President Joe Biden is planning to take actions under his executive authority to try to address gun violence, following a wave of deadly shootings and concerns from advocates.
Republicans have taken issue with his presidential actions thus far, suggesting they run counter to his calls for unity.
The new president has taken a number of actions to begin enacting his agenda and to reverse some of the moves of his predecessor.
The president said he did not back the Green Deal before he was elected but his environmental orders announced on Wednesday have still been hailed by progressives.
"Overreaching and defying Congress will not be rewarded or succeed," Wednesday's letter from six state Attorneys General read in part.
Some Republicans have strongly criticized Biden's use of executive action to reverse former President Donald Trump's policies.
President Joe Biden sent out a flurry of executive orders tackling issues from the U.S.-Mexico border wall to the Paris climate accord. The one issue he didn't address is stimulus checks and people are wondering why.
The new president is already facing criticism over his actions following his inauguration on Wednesday.
The new president swiftly began enacting measures to shape his own agenda and reverse the actions of his predecessor Donald Trump.
"Some of the things we're going to be doing are going to be bold and vital," President Joe Biden said after signing several executive orders on his first day in office.
Actions related to the COVID-19 crisis, climate change and racial equality are to be among the first taken as he begins his tenure.
"If we can get a fair deal, we're willing to do it this week," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.
"I remain hopeful that Republicans in the legislature will stop the partisan games and start working with me to re-engage our economy safely and responsibly," Whitmer said.
Critics question whether the president is trying to do by fiat with health care what he couldn't get Congress to do by law.
The new measures signed by Trump seek to gut most of the climate change regulations put in place by President Barack Obama.
EPA employees had been told to expect executive orders shortly after Scott Pruitt's confirmation as head of the agency.
President Trump signed executive orders pulling back from the Dodd-Frank act and the Labor retirement advice rule today.
Disapproval of Trump's recent executive orders ranged from 55 percent to 60 percent.
The president's orders have grabbed headlines, but there's no guarantee they'll be implemented.
Some of Trump's first executive orders will likely undo some of the more than 275 orders signed by Obama during his eight years in the White House.
After being sworn in during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Trump is poised to wield one of the most powerful tools of his office, the presidential pen, for executive actions that can be implemented without the input of Congress.
Supreme Court may have the last word on several initiatives, while Trump would be expected to undo many Obama-era regulations.
A new CNN/ORC poll shows the president's plans to expand background checks at gun shows and for online sales have the backing of two-thirds of the country.
After years of waiting for immigration reform, reactions to the president's speech are all over the map.
President Barack Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt