Since his inauguration just one week ago, Donald Trump has been busy using his pen and his phone to fulfill his campaign promises and change the direction of the federal government. Here is a rundown of President Trump’s executive actions so far:
Minimizing the Economic Impact of the Affordable Care Act
Within literally hours after taking the oath of office, President Trump’s first executive order allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of other executive agencies and departments to slow down the implementation of any taxes, fees, or regulatory burdens from the ACA that would affect individuals.
Regulation Freeze & Hiring Freeze
Trump signed two executive orders that worked to shrink the size and reach of the federal government. All federal regulations will be delayed for approval unless there is an urgent circumstance relating to health, safety, financial, or national security matters. All federal agencies must stop hiring new employees unless they are necessary to national security or public safety, and the order does not apply to the military.
Reinstating the Mexico City Policy
The President reinstated the “Mexico City” Policy, which stops federal funds from going to foreign non-governmental organizations that provide or promote abortions as a method of family planning.
Leaving the Trans-Pacific Partnership & Reviewing Domestic Manufacturing Regulation
Trump fulfilled his campaign promise by signing an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Furthermore, the President called for a review of regulations that affect the manufacturing sector and the creation of a streamlined permitting process.
Encouraging Construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines
The President signed two actions encouraged the construction of two controversial pipelines, the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The DAPL action calls for an expedited review and approval for pipeline construction while the Keystone XL action encourages TransCanada to re-submit its application for a presidential permit.
Promoting “Made in the USA” Pipelines
Trump signed this memorandum to instruct the Secretary of Commerce to create a plan for pipelines created, expanded, and replaced in the United States to use steel that was Made in America. This is the first instance of the implementation of Trump’s “Buy American” policy.
Expedited Environmental Reviews
President Trump issued an executive order to speed up environmental reviews of essential infrastructure projects that have been excessively delayed. The order also called for the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to streamline the environmental review and approval process for future infrastructure projects.
Building the Wall
Trump signed an executive order to increase border security measures. The order called for the planning, designing and constructing process to begin for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The order also directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to construct and operate detention facilities near the border to make adjudicate asylum claims, hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, end the “catch and release” policy, and empower local law enforcement to act as immigration officers. Lastly, the order asked that the Secretary quantify all sources of direct and indirect Federal aid or assistance to the Government of Mexico on an annual basis over the past five years.
Illegal Immigration Priorities
The President signed an executive order to increase enforcement of immigration policies. The order called for the Secretary of Homeland Security to prioritize the removal of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions and charges and hire 10,000 new US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The order cracked down on sanctuary cities, by calling for federal funds to be revoked from sanctuary jurisdictions while creating a list of crimes committed by illegal immigrants in sanctuary jurisdictions and an “Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by Removable Aliens,” to provide support to the victims of crimes perpetrated by illegal immigrants. The order also reinstates the Secure Communities program, enables state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration law and calls for sanctions against countries that refuse to accept the return of illegal immigrants.