Two New White House Memos

I am not sure quite sure how a White House memo differs from an executive order, but here are two new ones. (1) Presidential Memorandum: Building National Capabilities for Long-Term Drought Resilience:  Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, and (2) a 37-page memo on Commitments to Action on Building a Sustainable Water Future.

And one more item re the Water Summit held this week, sponsored by the White House.


FOOTNOTE: Thanks to two readers I now know more about executive memos. See:

Executive Memos have same effect as Executive Orders in terms of force of law, but are released with less pomp and circumstance.

Executive Orders are published sequentially and numbered and have legal status.  But a memo is just an internal directive with no external applicability to the public.

E.Os have more status!

2 thoughts on “Two New White House Memos

  1. The concurring opinion of Associate Justice Robert Jackson the former AG is the most famous of those in the steel seizure cases. He opined where a President acts backed by statute he/she is strongest but where no statutorily derived authority he/she is the weakest.

    Many Executive Orders cite the Constitution, and/or 3.USC Section 301 but no specific legal authority. This Executive Branch laziness may IMO be costly to Presidential implied authority.

  2. We will know more about Executive Orders when SCOTUS rules on recent immigration orders.

    The most famous analysis of these in the so-called steel seizure case under Truman Youngstown Sheet and Tube v. Sawyer where all nine SCOTUS justices opined in a majority opinion, concurring opinion, or dissent in ruling against Truman during the Korean War. That opinion will be issued this term or next.

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