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REINS Act passed the House.

VOTER LEGISLATION

IMMIGRATION REFORM

HEALTHCARE REFORM

TAX REFORM

While the proposed ACHA is a direct transfer of funds from healthcare to the rich, Steve Bannon is staying true to his ideology and proposing a tax hike for the wealthy. Axios

ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION

NATIONAL PARKS SOLD FOR MINING AND OIL EXCAVATION

Executive Order for Sec. of Interior Ryan Zinke to review National Monuments created during the last 24 years under the 1906 Antiquities Act.  Bear Ears National Monument, 1.3 million acres of southern Utah canyonland has gotten Trump’s attention, but all are in the Southwest except for one each in Washington and Zinke’s home state Montana.   5 Things to Know    LA Times

Michelle Obama’s nutritional guidelines in schools loosened and funds lessened The Hill    USDA, Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue and Sen. Pat Robers, R-KS   Occupy Democrats

Texas Bill Could Send People to Jail for Driving a Woman to an Abortion, Lawmaker Says, but also the person who drove the woman to the clinic, the receptionist who booked the appointment and even the bank teller who cashed the check that paid for the procedure. May 26 UPDATE: The Senate accepted House amendments to SB 8 on a vote of 22-9 Friday afternoon. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature; pending approval, it will take effect Sept. 1. ” Texas Observer

In an unprecedented court escalation, Trump protesters could be facing decades in prison for Inauguration demonstrations


Executive Orders

Here’s The Full List Of Donald Trump’s Executive Orders by NBC News 

“Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

Signed: Jan. 20, 2017

“Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High-Priority Infrastructure Projects”

Signed: Jan. 24, 2017

“The order outlines how the administration will expedite environmental reviews and approval of “high priority” infrastructure projects, such as repairs to bridges, airports and highways. The order is widely believed to have been issued in response to the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.” NBC News

“Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”

Signed: Jan. 25, 2017

“Strips federal grant money to so-called sanctuary cities. In addition, the secretary of homeland security is ordered to hire 10,000 more immigration officers, create a publicly available weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and review previous immigration policies. The order also creates an office to assist the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and calls on local and state police to detain or apprehend people in the United States illegally.” NBC News

“Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements”

Signed: Jan. 25, 2017

“Directing federal funding to construction of a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border. It instructs the secretary of homeland security to prepare congressional budget requests for the wall and to “end the abuse of parole and asylum provisions” that complicate the removal of undocumented immigrants. Other parts of the order call for hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents, building facilities to hold undocumented immigrants near the Mexican border and ending “catch-and-release” protocols, in which immigrants in the United States without documentation are not detained while they await court hearings.” NBC News

“Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”

Signed: Jan. 27, 2017

“The order suspends the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia — for 90 days and stops all refugees from entering the country for 120 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely. During the time of the ban, the secretary of homeland security and the secretary of state will review and revise the refugee admission process. Also in the order is the suspension of Obama’s 2012 Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allowed frequent U.S. tourists to bypass the visa interview process. White House officials have made a number of contradictory statements, at times calling the order a “ban” and at other times referring to it as a “travel restriction.” After the order was signed, thousands of protesters popped up at airports across the country to denounce it.”NBC News

 “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees”

Signed: Jan. 28, 2017

This order stops all executive branch officials from lobbying for five years after they leave office and places a lifetime ban on lobbying a foreign government. The order enacts a number of other lobbying restrictions, including banning appointees from accepting gifts from registered lobbyists and banning appointees who were lobbyists from participating in any issues they petitioned for within the last two years. Some raised concerns over how Trump will fill the jobs in his administration under the new rules.”

“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”

Signed: Jan. 30, 2017

“The order states that executive departments and agencies must slash two regulations for every one new regulation proposed. Regulation spending cannot exceed $0, and any costs associated with regulations must be offset with eliminations. The order also directs the head of each agency to keep records of the cost savings, to be sent to the president.”

“Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System”

Signed: Feb. 3, 2017

“The order lays the administration’s “Core Principles” regarding the U.S. financial system, which includes:

  • Making regulation “efficient, effective and appropriately tailored”
  • Preventing government bailouts
  • Ensuring that U.S. firms are competitive with foreign companies

The order directs the treasury secretary to review financial regulations and report back to the president 120 days later with a determination of whether current policies promote the “Core Principles.”NBC News

“Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety”

Signed: Feb. 9, 2017

“The order directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a task force that would propose new legislation to reduce crime, highlighting drug trafficking, illegal immigration and violent crime. The task force will submit yearly reports to the president. Throughout the campaign, Trump promised voters a return to “law and order” in the United States and said minorities from inner cities are “living in hell” because of violent crime.”NBC News

“Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers”

Signed: Feb. 9, 2017

“The order calls on the Justice Department to “enhance the protection and safety” of law enforcement by increasing penalties for crimes committed against officers. The attorney general is also instructed to review and determine whether existing federal laws adequately protect law enforcement and later to propose legislation to better protect officers. The order directs the Justice Department to recommend changes in federal grant funding to law enforcement programs if they do not protect officers.”NBC News

“Enforcing Federal Law With Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking”

Signed: Feb. 9, 2016

“The order outlines the administration’s approach to cutting down on organized crime — including gangs, cartels and racketeering organizations — by enhancing cooperation with foreign governments and the ways in which federal agencies share information and data. It identifies human trafficking, drug smuggling, financial crimes, cyber-crime and corruption as “a threat to public safety and national security.”The Threat Mitigation National Intelligence — of which Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the secretary of homeland security are co-chairmen — will review and recommend changes to federal agencies’ practices in a report to be delivered to the president within 120 days.”

“Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice”

Signed: Feb. 9, 2017

“Two weeks after Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, this order changes the order of succession for Sessions, who won approval as attorney general last week. The sequence is: the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri. A week before leaving office, Obama signed an executive order changing the order of succession without explanation.”

“Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”

Signed: Feb. 24, 2017

“Under this order, each agency must designate an official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO), who will be responsible for reviewing current regulations and making recommendations to the agency head on how to modify them. The RRO must hone in on certain regulations, such as those that are outdated or are perceived to curtail job creation. The order reiterate’s Trump’s plan to cut down on regulations and comes nearly a month after the president signed an executive order requiring agencies to slash two regulations for every one proposed.”

“Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule”

Signed Feb. 28, 2017

“The order calls on federal agencies to revise a regulation put in place by former president Barack Obama called the Clean Water Rule. Signed in 2015, the rule expanded the number of bodies of water protected by the federal government to include streams, ponds and smaller waterways. Trump’s order directs the administrator of the EPA and the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works to review the rule and propose a new one that either eliminates or revises Obama’s rule.”

“White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities”

Signed Feb. 28, 2017

“The order transfers the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHHBCU) from the Department of Education to the Executive Office of the President. Since its creation under President Ronald Reagan, the initiative had been under the purview of the Education Department.Trump met with dozens of HBCU presidents the day prior for a listening session, which many students and college leaders were quick to protest out of skepticism that the president was using the meeting as a PR stunt. In an interview with NBC News, Omarosa Manigault said of the order, “We understand that the executive order starts the action but there are so many different steps in terms of defining programming.”NBC News

“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S.”

Signed: March 6, 2017

“The order revises Trump’s original U.S. immigration ban, which was hit with dozens of lawsuits shortly after being signed in February and blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. The new order, which goes into effect March 16, bans citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The countries include Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. Iraq was removed from the list after the Iraqi government said it would increase information sharing with the United States.”NBC News

“Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch”

Signed: March 13, 2017

“The order assigns the Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney to propose a plan to “reorganize and governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies” in an effort to cut down of federal spending and improve “efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of that agency.” Within 180 days, the heads of select agencies must submit individual plans to Mulvaney, who will have another 180 days to send a plan to the president. During a daily press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the executive order “long overdue” and said agencies will undergo a “thorough investigation” into fiscal waste, though he was unable to provide a target goal for the amount of money the order aims to save.”NBC News

“The Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders”

Signed: March 27, 2017

“The executive order revokes key components of the Obama administration’s previous executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or identity, gay rights advocates say. Organizations representing the LGBTQ community say the “Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders” hobbles several of Obama’s previous orders including the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order by revoking the requirement that companies seeking federal contracts prove they’ve complied with federal laws banning discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation.”NBC News

“Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth”

Signed: March 28, 2017

“The order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review another executive order, called the Clean Power Plan, signed by Barack Obama in 2014. Obama’s plan, which aimed to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, was halted by the Supreme Court in 2016. Trump’s new order also asks agencies to review any regulations that could “potentially burden the development or use” of oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy resources. Within 180 days, the agencies must submit reports to the Office of Management and Budget, which will take action to eliminate regulations.”NBC News

“Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis”

Signed: March 29, 2017

“The order creates the “Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis,” which will study the federal government’s effectiveness in fighting drug addiction by reviewing funding levels, accessibility of treatment services, prescription practices and youth educational messages. A report will be sent to the president within 90 days of the order being signed. Trump appointed Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey as head of the commission.”NBC News

“Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits”

Signed: March 31, 2017

“The order directs the Commerce Department and U.S. Trade Representative to compile a report on trade practices that contribute to the trade deficit. The report will look at each of America’s trade partners and assess whether the country’s trade practices unfairly discriminate against the U.S. Forms of discrimination the report will assess includes non-tariff barriers, anti-dumping and intellectual property theft. Within 90 days, the report will be sent to the White House detailing causes for the deficit.”NBC News

“Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice”

Signed: March 31, 2017

“The order changes the succession line for the Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The new sequence is:

  • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas” NBC News

“Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Law”

Signed: March, 31, 2017

“The order directs the secretary of homeland security to develop a plan within 90 days to combat two types of non-trade barriers placed against the U.S.: anti-dumping and countervailing duties. The order also directs the DHS Secretary and Treasury secretary to step up seizure of counterfeit goods and protect American companies from intellectual property right infringement.”NBC News

 “Buy American, Hire American”

Signed: April 18, 2017

“The order has two parts. The “Hire American” portion of the bill targets the H-1B visa program, which allows businesses to hire high-skilled workers from outside the U.S., by putting less emphasis on the lottery system used to determine which companies can sponsor visas. The “Buy American” portion of the order directs agencies to tighten rules that give priority to U.S. companies when hiring contractors or purchasing goods. This would be done by reducing the use of waivers and exceptions to current laws. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross must submit a review of “Buy American” loopholes within 220 days.” NBC News

“Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens”

Signed: April 21, 2017

“The order directs Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin to review within 60 days all tax regulations put in place in 2016 and 2017 that put an “undue financial burden on United States taxpayers.” Within 150 days, Mnunchin will submit a plan to the president detailing ways to alleviate “the burden imposed by regulations” identified in the initial review.” NBC News

“Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America”

Signed: April 25, 2017

“The order creates a task force, led by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, that will identify policy options to promote U.S. agriculture business and job growth in rural America. The task force must submit a report to Trump within 180 days. The task force will look at regulations that impede U.S. agricultural growth and for ways to encourage the use of agricultural products made in America.”NBC News

“Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act”

Signed: April 26, 2017

“The order directs the Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to review federal monument designations — including national parks — made since 1996 that cover more than 100,000 acres of land. Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, presidents have the power to protect land. Trump’s order names one national monument designation in particular: Obama’s 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Zinke must submit a report to Trump within 45 days.”NBC News

“Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education”

Signed: April 26, 2017

“Under the order, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is directed to study federal overreach in local and state education systems. As a strong advocate for charter schools, DeVos will determine within 300 days whether federal education regulations take control away from states in areas such as curriculum, school administration and textbook or library content.”NBC News

“Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection”

Signed: April 27, 2017

“The order is aimed at improving accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs, which found itself at the center of a 2014 controversy in which dozens of veterans reportedly died while on the wait list for medical care. The order directs Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to create the “Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection” in the department within 45 days. The office will be charged with investigating wrongdoing within the department and terminating any VA employee who fails to “carry out his or her duties on behalf of veterans.” “We will always stand with those who stood for freedom and who stood for us. They protected us, they made it all possible, and now we’re going to protect and take care of them,” Trump said at the signing.”NBC News

“Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy”

Signed: April 28, 2017

“The order reverses a ban on Arctic leasing put in place under the Obama administration in December and directs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review areas available for off-shore oil and gas exploration. “We are unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs,” President Trump said during the announcement.”NBC News

“Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy”

Signed: April 29, 2017

“The order establishes the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, which will advise Trump on policies to increase economic growth and decrease the trade deficit. Leading the new office is Trump appointee and National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro, who said he wants to renegotiate NAFTA. The office will also help implement the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order signed by Trump on April 18.”NBC News

“Addressing Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses”

Signed: April 29, 2017

“The order directs Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to review all U.S. trade agreements, as well as relations with countries that run trade deficits with America. Within 180 days, Ross must send a performance review to Trump detailing any violations.”NBC News

“Establishment of the American Technology Council”

Signed: May 1, 2017

“The order launches the American Technology Council, headed by 19 different Trump administration officials and cabinet members who will be tasked with modernizing the federal government’s digital services and technology. The task force, which ends in 2021, will “coordinate the vision, strategy, and direction” regarding the federal government’s use of information technology.”NBC News

“Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”

Signed: May 4, 2017

“The order eases IRS enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which bans churches from engaging in political speech. It also gives relief to companies that disagree with the Affordable Care Act mandate on contraception in health care coverage. Although the order shows Trump delivering on a key campaign promise, congressional approval is needed to fully repeal the law.” NBC News

 “Establishment of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity”

Signed: May 11, 2017

“The order creates a commission, led by Vice President Mike Pence, to investigate allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression in the U.S. voting process. The commission, called the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity,” will review vulnerabilities in the election system. It comes following persistent and unfounded claims by President Donald Trump that the 2016 election was rigged and that millions of “illegals” voted to cost him the popular vote.”NBC News

“Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure”

Signed: May 11, 2017

“The order aims to strengthen the cybersecurity of networks within the federal government by having agency heads adhere to an outlined plan. It directs the Director of the American Technology Council to present a report to Trump within 90 days outlining steps to take for a “modern, secure, and more resilient” IT structure. The Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Homeland Security are also directed to find ways to “dramatically [reduce] threats perpetrated by automated and distributed attacks.”NBC News

 

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