A Comprehensive List of Legislation Under the Trump Administration

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A Comprehensive List of Legislation Under the Trump Administration

Post by NerdomRising on Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:09 am

The Trump Administration has a reputation of being impotent when it comes to accomplishing anything, despite controlling all 3 branches of government. And to an extant this is true, most recently with the week long Senate struggle to repeal ObamaCare, ultimately thwarted by a lack of party support (a recap can be found here). However, as of August 2nd there has been some legislation passed including 42 executive orders issued by Trump, and 44 public laws passed by Congress. For the purposes of education, here is a list of all 86 pieces of legislation that have been enacted thus far. (Note, this post will be updated as the federal government does more. Also feel free to let me know of any edits I should make, thanks!).

Public Laws
Pub.L. 115-1 or the "Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent Act of 2017": The TALENT Act of 2017 (Congress loves acronyms) was enacted on January 20th, 2017. It amends Chapter 31 of Title 5 of the U.S. Code by adding Subchapter V - President Innovation Fellows Program. This codifies Executive Order 13704 or the "Presidential Innovation Fellows Program" into law. The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program set out to encourage talented individuals to serve in government positions by allowing them the opportunity to work in positions created by a Director in cooperation with executive agencies. This was the last bill signed into law by President Obama before President Trump was inaugurated an hour later.

Pub.L. 115-2: Enacted on January 20th, 2017, the law functions soley to provide a one-time only exception to the second sentence of Section 113(a) of Title 10 of the U.S. Code, which states "A person may not be appointed as Secretary of Defense within seven years after relief from active duty." This was done specifically so James Mattis could be confirmed as the Secretary of Defense as he had only been retired from duty for 3 years.

Pub.L. 115-3 or the "GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017":  The GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017 makes several amendments to Subchapter II of Chapter 7 of Title 31 of the U.S. Code. It adds Section 721 - Access to certain information, replaces Paragraph (1) of Section 720(b) from what was originally enacted by Pub.L. 97-256, and adds Paragraph (1) to Section 716(a). Overall this gives much more power to the Comptroller General, the director of the Government Accountability Office, in their ability to obtain information.

Pub.L. 115-4: Enacted on February 14th, 2017, the unofficially titled "Repeal of the Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule" nullifies Rule 13q-1 of Part 240 of Title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The rule was submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission to implement Section 1504 of Pub.L. 111-203 or the "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act," which mandated oil, natural gas, and mining companies had to submit an annual report of any payment made to foreign or the Federal Government for commercial mining or extraction of oil or natural gas. This rule went into effect to prevent any bribery, but now with the Repeal of the Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule, this can't be done. Rule 13q-1 is the first of many Obama-Era regulations to be rolled back through the usage of the Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996).

Pub.L. 115-5: Enacted on February 16th, 2017, the unofficially titled "Repeal of Stream Protection Rule" nullifies several revisions made to Parts 700-827 of Chapter VII of Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These revisions collectively known as the "Stream Protection Rule"  were submitted by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to protect aquatic ecology from the effects of surface coal mining. This is another Obama-Era regulation to be rolled back through use of the Congressional Review Act, which will undoubtedly have a profound ecological impacts.

Pub.L. 115-6 or the "Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act": Enacted on February 28th, 2017, it adds Paragraph (12) to Section 1885a of Chapter 16 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code. This authorizes the National Science Foundation to encourage its entrepreneurial programs to support women in commercial positions.

Pub.L. 115-7 or the "Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers Women Act": The INSPIRE Women Act was enacted on February 28th, 2017, and it tasks the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to support NASA Girls, NASA Boys, the Aspire to Inspire program, and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research program. The Administrator is also required to submit a plan that would have female scientists engage with female K-12 students to encourage them to pursue careers in the STEM field. This is the second "women in science" related law signed by Trump.

Pub.L 115-8: Enacted on February 28th, 2017, the unofficially dubbed "Repeal of the Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007" nullified Part 421 of Title 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The rules were submitted by the Social Security Administration (as can be seen here) in accordance with Pub.L. 110-180. The rule states the records of certain mentally disabled people must be submitted to the Attorney General to be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), barring them from purchasing a firearm. The criteria for this ban are receiving full disability benefits and requiring a third party to manage those benefits, allowing the Attorney General to enforce Paragraph (4) of Subsection (d) of Section 922 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. This is the third Obama-Era regulation to be removed via the Congressional Review Act.

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