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It's a tradition and the pens are given out later as souvenirs. From this TIME article: The rationale is fairly simple. The pen used to sign historic legislation itself becomes a historical artifact. The more pens a President uses, the more thank-you gifts he can offer to those who helped create that piece of history. The White House often engraves the pens,...


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There was no official explanation given by the Trump administration in the new executive order that he signed to revoke the ethics executive order (13770), as noted by Politico. However, the Clinton administration had issued an executive order (13184) close to the end of his term revoking a similar ethics executive order (12834). There also did not appear to ...


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The pens are usually given to people attending the "Signing Ceremony." One for each order (or law or whatever) signed, and the pen is then given to one of the witnesses. The Wikipedia article mentions the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that the pens used were given to people involved in making that act come into being - including Rosa ...


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The report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the interim final rule with comment period (IFC) setting out the Most Favored Nation Model states on page 68 that the countries used to calculate the MFN price for the first quarter of year 1 will be Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, ...


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India is a culturally divided country, especially along religious lines. For things like property rights, legality of marriage, and other civil matters (as opposed to criminal law), citizens are subject to different sets of laws dependent upon their religious affiliation, or other community designation. The UCC is a proposal to establish a single set of laws ...


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As a disclaimer, this is just speculation on my part. But when politics are involved, every action should be looked at as a power play - either to gain power for the actor and their allies, or to take power from their enemies. As such, one possibility of the issuing of a "no appointees allowed to lobby" order could be to prevent appointees who ...


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No. 15 USC § 261 gives the Department of Transport the ability to define the boundaries between time zones, but it sets in law how far behind UTC the time zones themselves are.


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The other Day-One executive action was Executive Order 12834 - Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees, which was signed on 20th Jan 1993 by President Bill Clinton. It set out a pledge that Clinton's Executive Branch appointments were required to make, as well as provisions for its administration and enforcement. This order was later revoked by ...


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Yes; this order is a declaration of a public emergency in accordance with §7–2304 of the Code of the District of Columbia. This is the same type of declaration as was made in response to COVID-19 by Mayor Bowser in Mayor's Order 2020-045 in March 2020 that you mentioned in your question, although not a public health emergency as was declared in Mayor's Order ...


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