Track Trump. The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days

Donald Trump has made many statements about his plans. Below are the concrete items from Donald Trump's Contract with the American Voter, which contains his promises for his first 100 days. Here, we will track fulfillment of those promises, and update it daily during the initial 100 day period. Learn more

Immigration
Trade
Energy & Climate
Federal Government
Economic Policies
Education
Healthcare
Safety
 


March 27, 2017

The White House announced the creation of a new Office of American Innovation to be led by President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. The office is meant to bring in outside expertise with the mission of overhauling the federal government. An executive memo explains that the new office “shall gather information, ideas, and experiences from other parts of Government, from the private sector, and from other thought leaders and experts” to “improve Government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future, and spur job creation.”

Making further use of the Congressional Review Act, President Trump signed four pieces of legislation nullifying four Obama era regulations. The first bill nullifies a rule requiring federal contractors to report labor law violations. The second bill nullifies an Interior Department rule consolidating federal control of the millions of acres overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. The third and fourth bills nullify Department of Education rules, one which offered federal guidelines on how states and school districts should measure achievement and another which updated requirements for assessing teacher training programs.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the daily White House press briefing, warning that sanctuary cities risked losing federal grant money from the Department of Justice. He did not comment on other sources of federal funding that could be withheld.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee forced a one week delay on the committee’s vote to approve the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. The committee vote is now scheduled to be held on April 3rd.

Immigration: Cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.

Update (3/27): Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the daily White House press briefing, warning that sanctuary cities risked losing federal grant money from the Department of Justice. He did not comment on other sources of federal funding that could be withheld.

Immigration

In Progress: Fully fund the construction of a wall on our border with Mexico, with the “full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall”.

Update (1/25): On a visit to the Department of Homeland Security, President Trump signed an executive order on border security and immigration calling for the “immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border” and detailing specific steps to be taken by the Department of Homeland Security towards that end. The text of the order notes that it “shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.”

In Progress: Begin removing “the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants” and cancel visas to countries who won’t take them back.

Update (1/25): In his executive order on "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” President Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the process of deporting individuals who have violated State or Federal law and pledged that the executive branch would “cooperate fully with States and local law enforcement in enacting Federal-State partnerships to enforce Federal immigration priorities.” The order further required Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “ensure that aliens…are returned to the territory from which they came pending a formal removal proceeding” and included instructions intended to provide state and local law enforcement more authority to enforce existing immigration law.

In Progress: Suspend immigration from “terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur”.

Update (3/6): President Trump signed an updated executive order suspending travel from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the refugee resettlement program. The new order exempts Iraq from the list of affected countries and does not apply to legal permanent residents, dual nationals travelling on passports from unaffected countries, and certain other visa holders. An indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and language regarding preferential treatment for religious minorities have been removed. The new order revokes the previous order and goes into effect March 16, 2017.

In Progress: All vetting of people coming into the US will be considered “extreme vetting”.

Update (3/23): According to previously unreported cables, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ordered U.S. diplomatic missions to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny” and to add additional screening measures for them in the visa application process. These instructions, which have not been announced to the public, encourage diplomatic personnel to form working groups to “develop a list of criteria” identifying these higher-risk persons.

In Progress: Cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.

Update (3/27): Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the daily White House press briefing, warning that sanctuary cities risked losing federal grant money from the Department of Justice. He did not comment on other sources of federal funding that could be withheld.

Establish a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the US after a previous deportation (5 years in case of a felony conviction, 2+ misdemeanor convictions, or 2+ prior deportations).
Reform visa rules to increase penalties for overstaying and to ensure jobs are offered to American workers first.
In Progress: Establish new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values.

Update (1/27): The executive order titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" states the following: “In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation” (Sec. 1). Sec. 4 of the same order tasks the multiple agencies to submit within 60 days an initial report on the progress of a program to increase the scrutiny applied to foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States.

Trade

Renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA.
Implemented: Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Update (1/23): President Trump signed a memorandum withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As the Trans-Pacific Partnership was never ratified by Congress, this order represents a symbolic declaration of the administration’s intent not to pursue the deal.

Label China a currency manipulator.

Update (2/23): In an interview Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated there were no immediate plans to label China a currency manipulator. Such an announcement, Mnuchin said, would only be given after a standard review of international currencies and would not be issued until the department’s next currency report in April.

Identify and end foreign trading abuses.
Establish tariffs to discourage offshoring.

Energy & Climate

In Progress: Lift the restrictions on $50 trillion dollars’ worth of American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas, and clean coal.

Update (2/16): President Trump signed legislation overturning the “Stream Protection Rule,” an Obama regulation designed to minimize water pollution from coal mining waste.

Implemented: Lift the roadblocks on energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline and allow them to move forward.

Update (3/24): In an Oval Office ceremony, President Trump granted approval for the TransCanada Corporation to commence construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The project would connect crude oil in Alberta to the pre-existing pipeline network in the United States. A number of federal, state, and local hurdles remain, however.

Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.

Federal Government

Propose a constitutional amendment that imposes term limits on all members of Congress.
Implemented: A hiring freeze on all federal employees (except for the military, public safety, and public health).

Update (1/23): President Trump signed a memorandum freezing federal hiring, excluding the hiring of military personnel. Other exemptions include hiring heads of agencies and personnel deemed essential for public safety and national security.

In Progress: A requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations be dropped.

Update (1/30): President Trump signed an executive order instructing that when a department or agency "publicly proposes for notice and comment or otherwise promulgates a new regulation, it shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed.” It also outlines a process, led by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to bring down incremental costs associated with regulation. However, it will be incumbent upon agencies and departments to comply with the order.

In Progress: A five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

Update (1/28): President Trump signed an executive order that includes an ethics pledge for “every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2017” to sign, committing them to refrain from lobbying activities “with respect to that agency” for five years after the end of their appointment. Lobbying activities concerning agencies outside of one’s agency of service are not addressed.

Implemented: A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

Update (1/28): President Trump signed an executive order containing an ethics pledge for “every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2017” to sign, committing them to refrain from activity on behalf of any foreign government or foreign political party “at any time” after termination of one’s service.

A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum, and order issued by President Obama.
Implemented: Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia.

Update (1/31): President Trump announced his nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Enact “new ethics reforms to drain the swamp”.

Economic Policy

A 35% tax cut for middle-class families with two children.
Reduce the number of tax brackets from 7 to 3.
Reduce the business tax rate from 35% to 15%.
Allow American corporations to repatriate money at a 10% rate.
Allow Americans to deduct childcare and eldercare costs from their taxes, and create tax-free dependent care savings account (with matching contributions for low-income families).
A revenue-neutral $1 trillion infrastructure investment over 10 years.

Education

An act to allow school choice.
Make two- and four-year college more affordable.

Healthcare

In Progress: Fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with Health Savings Accounts.

Update (3/24): After it became clear that the House Republicans did not have the requisite support to pass the American Health Care Act, the House leadership, at the President’s request, pulled the bill. It is unclear when or if alternatives to Obamacare will be developed and considered.

Ability to purchase health insurance across state lines.
Let states manage Medicaid funds.
Cut the red tape at the FDA.
Provide veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or treatment from the private doctor of their choice.

Safety

Implemented: Create a task force on violent crime.

Update (2/8): President Trump signed an executive order tasking the Attorney General with the creation and staffing of a “Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.” The task force is ordered to “develop strategies to reduce crime,” “evaluate deficiencies in existing laws” and “propose new legislation” related to public safety. The task force is also ordered to “evaluate the…adequacy of crime related data” and to “conduct any other studies” accordingly.

Increase funding for programs that train and assist local police.
In Progress: Increase resources for federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.

Update (2/9): President Trump signed an executive order today aiming to “prevent violence against federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.” The order directs the Department of Justice to review current laws, develop strategies, and pursue appropriate legislation, including “defining new crimes of violence and establishing new mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes of violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.” The order further instructs the Department of Justice to review and recommend any changes in grant funding for the named law enforcement entities.

In Progress: Eliminate the defense sequester and expand military investment.

Update (1/27): President Trump signed a memorandum instructing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a 30-day review of readiness conditions, equipment, and submit to the White House a plan of action to achieve the standards indicated in the review. The memo also calls for the Office of Management and Budget to develop a budget that takes into account any proposed reallocations or appropriations.

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