Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Executive Actions to Date

It's hard to keep track of what's happened since Trump declared his own inauguration a National Day of Patriotic Devotion (borrowing from the North Korean, apparently), but I knew I needed a list when I realized that yesterday there was a really egregious regulatory order that got ignored in the immigrant chatter.

Luckily, USA Today has done my work for me. In sum:

Friday he sought the repeal of Obamacare and froze all new regulations pending review. Monday, he withdrew from TPP, restricted foreign aid money to family planning organizations, and froze hiring. Tuesday, he restarted the pipelines, fast-tracked high priority infrastructure, and asked Commerce to streamline manufacturing regs. Wednesday, he declared the week National School Choice Week, directed Customs and Border Patrol to build a wall, and cut off funding to sanctuary cities. Friday, he banned entry from seven countries for 90 days and called for a review of military readiness. Saturday, he banned former lobbyists from lobbying again for five years after leaving the administration, restructured the NSC to add Bannon, and called for Defense to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS. And yesterday, he declared that for every new regulation, agencies must get rid of two old ones (and fired the acting AG who would not enforce Friday's order).

All in a week's work.

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