The president has the constitutional and statutory power to issue executive orders and proclamations that have legal effect. These two documents have been published in the Federal Register since 1936.
The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the semi-annual Public Papers of the Presidents gather together many presidential messages, statements, speeches, press conferences and other presidential documents in one place.
Proclamations and executive orders are legal documents issued in separate, numbered series.
While proclamations address the general public, most executive orders are working documents, through which the president manages the operation of the federal government.
Confidential or classified executive orders are issued, but not published.
Published approximately twice a year, this series contains the text of president's speeches, message, statements, communications to Congress, executive orders, proclamations, nominations and appointments.
Since 1977, Public Papers has incorporated all the materials originally published in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents.
From 1987 onwards, the full text of proclamations and executive orders are not included in the Public Papers
An annual report transmitted by the President to Congress within 10 days after the submission of the Budget.
Presidential Libraries are repositories for the records, papers and historical materials of their presidents.
They preserve vast archives of presidential documents and make them available to the researchers.
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