Reagan’s Executive Order 12606

A lesser known Executive Order from Reagan.

Executive Order 12606 — The Family


September 2, 1987


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that the autonomy and rights of the family are considered in the formulation and implementation of policies by Executive departments and agencies, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Family Policymaking Criteria. In formulating and implementing policies and regulations that may have significant impact on family formation, maintenance, and general well-being, Executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law, assess such measures in light of the following questions:
(a) Does this action by government strengthen or erode the stability of the family and, particularly, the marital commitment?
(b) Does this action strengthen or erode the authority and rights of parents in the education, nurture, and supervision of their children?
(c) Does this action help the family perform its functions, or does it substitute governmental activity for the function?
(d) Does this action by government increase or decrease family earnings? Do the proposed benefits of this action justify the impact on the family budget?
(e) Can this activity be carried out by a lower level of government or by the family itself?
(f) What message, intended or otherwise, does this program send to the public concerning the status of the family (g) What message does it send to young people concerning the relationship between their behavior, their personal responsibility, and the norms of our society?

Sec. 2. Governmentwide Family Policy Coordination and Review.

 (a) Executive departments and agencies shall identify proposed regulatory and statutory provisions that may have significant potential negative impact on the family well-being and provide adequate rationale on why such proposal should be submitted. The head of the department or agency, shall certify in writing that, to the extent permitted by law, such measure has been assessed in light of the criteria in Section 1 of this Order and how such measures will enhance family well-being. Such certification shall be transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget. Departments and agencies shall give careful consideration to family-related concerns and their impact in notices of proposed rulemaking and messages transmitting legislative proposals to the Congress.
(b) The Office of Management and Budget shall, to the extent permitted by law, take action to ensure that the policies of the Executive departments and agencies are applied in light of the criteria set forth in Section 1 of this Order.
(c) The Office of Policy Development shall assess existing and proposed policies and regulations that impact family well-being in light of the criteria established by Section 1 of this Order, provide evaluations on those measures that have significant potential impact on the family to the Office of Management and Budget, and advise the President on policy and regulatory actions that may be taken to strengthen the institutions of marriage and family in America.
Sec. 3. Report. The Office of Policy Development shall submit preliminary reports including specific recommendations to the Domestic Policy Council and shall submit a final report to the President no later than 180 days from the date of this Order. Each year thereafter, a report, including recommendations shall be submitted, through the Domestic Policy Council to the President.
Sec. 4. Judicial Review. This Order is intended to improve the internal management of the Executive branch and is not intended to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States, its agencies, its officers, or any person.

Ronald Reagan

The White House,

September 2, 1987.

Obama’s call for an executive report on his “Muslim outreach” made me think of this order. There could not be a greater contrast between Reagan and Obama.

5 comments on “Reagan’s Executive Order 12606

  1. clyde says:

    Bull, I’m to the point where I’d like to see the E.O. statutes done away with. While a handy tool, they ARE prone to abuse by unscrupulous bastards such as the current occupier. Good piece,though.


  2. Davetherave says:

    Bull, for once I’ve been way ahead of clyde on an issue. E.O’s should have never existed (even the first where Washington declared Thanksgiving a national holiday), because there is NO PLACE in our constitution that gives the president E.O. power. No f*cking where.

    I don’t give a rat’s ass if their intentions are good and make perfect sense; our constitution does not give the president that authority. E.O.’s should be been gotten rid of when GW did the first and our damn Founders that wrote our constitution were still alive and knew there was no place in our constitution they wrote to give GW that power. Some ass wipe like Barry will crawl out from underneath a rock eventually and abuse the power to the detriment of our nation.


    • bullright says:

      Dave, excellent. I suppose now that the genie is out of the bottle no one will shove her back in. It is sad. Right, it is fiat law, can’t argue with that. And their signing statements as well. When you have someone who despises the document anyway, its pretty hard to take. This guy even boasts that he’ll resort to EO’s if he doesn’t get his way and libs scream “go for it!!!!”


      • Davetherave says:

        Bull, great point about the sumbitches comment of using E.O.’s to do whatever he wants. The total theory of E.O’s goes completely against the reasoning and writing of our constitution. They had just kicked one King’s ass, so they certainly did not intend for our constitution to give King powers to the president. And the feds have the balls to charge Snowden with treason? WOW…

        Fiat law, great comment! Fiat is derived from Latin that means “let it be done.” Reminds me of Yul Brynner from the movie Moses when the Pharaoh spits out a decree “so let it be written, so let it be done.” I somehow do not believe our Founders used the government set up in Egypt 500 years before Christ arrived as the blue print for our constitution. And libs just love breaking laws when it’s to their benefit. Of course what politician doesn’t feel the same way anymore???



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