Cabinet, judicial confirmations highlight first 100 days – OneNewsNow
A pro-family leader says Christians and social conservatives should be very pleased with what Donald Trump accomplished in his first 100 days – and a former DOJ attorney says he’s pleased as well.
Over the years much has been made of the first 100 days of a presidency. And since his inauguration in January, political pundits have stressed the importance of President Trump being able to point to an impressive list of accomplishments during that time period.
After eight years in which conservatives felt under siege from Barack Obama and the left, Trump’s presidency feels like a renaissance. That is the assessment of Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America.
Nance says for one thing, Trump has stockpiled his administration with pro-life evangelical Christians in key roles beginning with Mike Pence as his VP. “He nominated and [the Senate] confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court [as well as] Jeff Sessions as attorney general [and] Tom Price to HHS,” she adds.
But not all has been rosy. For example, Nance contends it’s up to the Republican-controlled Congress to help the president advance his agenda forward on issues like healthcare reform – the bill for which continues to be delayed in the House as proponents gather support.
“Congress has had years now to work on this issue,” she notes. “They promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare – and now it’s time to finish business.”
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department attorney and founder of the Election Law Center, sees some very positive accomplishments for President Trump during his first 100 days in office – which he describes as “sort of an artificial marker.”
“But on a lot of issues, there’s good news,” he continues. “For one, the bureaucrats are scared to death in a lot of places. They know that the president is not beholden to the bureaucracy – and that’s one of the healthiest things about the first hundred days.”
In addition, Adams says Trump’s immigration executive orders requiring enhanced review of people coming from terrorist countries were among the best things the president has done in the first hundred days – despite the fact those EOs were struck down by liberal activist judges.
“[That’s] one of the reasons why the judicial nominations are so important,” the attorney adds. “… There are lots of vacancies and they need to be filled soon while there’s a Republican Senate that will confirm them all. It is essential to name these nominees in the first two years – [and to do it] as fast as possible.”
Indeed, there’s much to do on that front. As of Friday, there were 127 vacancies in the federal judiciary – 119 of them in U.S. district courts and courts of appeals. Another 19 may be vacated within the next year.
To be more specific …
In his “End of Day” report on Friday, conservative spokesman Gary Bauer of American Values went to the trouble of listing – and commenting on – what he considers President Trump’s “most signficant” accomplishments during his first 100 days in office:
- Vice President Mike Pence.
- Justice Neil Gorsuch, an originalist committed to the Constitution.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a conservative committed to the rule of law.
- Defense Secretary James Mattis, a warrior committed to restoring America’s military.
- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a former general committed to border security.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former CEO who understands how the real world works.
- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, a brain surgeon from a humble background.
- Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a doctor who understands health care.
- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school choice and educational reform.
- Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former governor who knows the energy industry.
- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a former CEO who understands the business world.
- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a conservative committed to reining in big government.
- U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a fearless advocate for American values.
- U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a true fried of Israel.
- White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a conservative warrior against crony capitalism.
- National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, an accomplished military commander.
- White House Counterterrorism Adviser Sebastian Gorka, committed to defeating radical Islam.
- Restored the U.S. alliance with Israel.
- Welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.
- Restored U.S. leadership in the world.
- Enforced red lines against the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
- Dropped MOAB bomb on ISIS; sending a clear message to Iran and North Korea.
- Secured Chinese cooperating in pressuring North Korea.
- Secured release of Aya Hijazi, American charity worker held in Egypt since 2014.
- Imposed a five-year ban on lobbying the government by former White House officials.
- Imposed a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign governments by former White House officials.
- Repeatedly called out the liberal media for “fake news.”
- Repealed mandate that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.
- Signed executive order reinstating Reagan policy against taxpayer funding of overseas abortions.
- Stopped U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes abortions.
- Signed executive order establishing “extreme vetting.”
- Signed executive order demanding a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS.
- Signed executive order calling for construction of border wall and 5,000 border agents.
- Signed executive order directing Justice Department to cut funding to sanctuary cities.
- Signed executive order initiating a temporary federal hiring freeze.
- Signed executive order withdrawing from the Transpacific Partnership trade deal.
- Signed executive order relaxing enforcement of Obamacare to greatest extent possible.
- Signed executive order requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one issued.
- Signed executive order requiring comprehensive approach to illegal immigration and crime.
- Signed executive order seeking increased penalties for crimes against police.
- Signed executive order promoting energy independence.
- Signed executive order putting American companies and workers first.
- Signed executive order mandating review of federal regulations in education.
- Signed executive order investigating national security impact of foreign steel imports.
- Signed executive order requiring an audit of executive branch agencies.
- Signed executive order requiring every agency create a regulatory reform task force.
- Signed executive order rolling back Obama environmental infringements on private property.
- Signed executive order to prevent future taxpayer-funded bailouts.
- Signed executive order to reverse Obama restrictions on offshore energy development.
- Signed executive order calling for a major review of national monument designations on federal lands.
- Signed executive order establishing a new office to reform the Veterans Administration bureaucracy.
- Signed executive order to address concerns of Rural America.
- Signed executive order establishing White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
- Signed executive order creating a commission on drug addiction and the opioid crisis.
- Signed executive order to combat transnational criminal organizations and international trafficking.
- Repealed transgender public school bathroom mandate.
- Repealed “Stream Protection Rule” that hurt coal industry.
- Repealed Social Security Administration (SSA) gun ban.
- Repealed Labor Department “blacklisting” rule with $500 million in regulatory costs.
- Repealed Interior Department rule that restricted state and local authority in land use decisions.
- Repealed unfunded education mandate that created new standards for teachers.
- Repealed education rule that undermined state and local control.
- Repealed regulation that prevented drug testing for unemployment compensation.
- Repealed rule that banned some hunting in Alaska.
- Repealed regulation that created vastly more paperwork and reporting of worker injuries.
- Repealed regulations on Internet Service Providers.
- Repealed rule that allowed states to force workers into government-run savings plans.
- Repealed Dodd-Frank regulations that disadvantaged domestic companies.
- Imposed sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile violations.
- Imposed sanctions on Iran for human rights violations.
- Ordered a review of the Iranian nuclear deal.
- Produced a budget that cut $54 billion from bloated federal bureaucracies.
- Produced a budget that would eliminate 50 programs and more than 3,000 federal jobs.
- Produced a budget that boosted spending for defense, homeland security and veterans.
- Produced a tax reform plan that simplifies the tax code and reduces taxes for businesses and families.
- Approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
- Shut down illegal immigrant advocacy program at Department of Justice.
- Established Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office.
- Reduced illegal immigration at the border by 61%.
- Called for “major investigation” of voter fraud led by Vice President Mike Pence.
- Called for repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which limits free speech of pastors and churches.
- Called for 50% cut in funding to the United Nations.
- Supported English as official language by dropping Spanish version of the White House website.
- Purged “climate change” alarmism from White House website.
- Returned bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.
- Succeeded in getting NATO nations to boost defense spending by $10 billion.
- Halted $180 billion in regulations.
- Signed legislation expanding private healthcare options for veterans.
- Relaxed Rules of Engagement in the fight against ISIS.
- Imposed sanctions on Venezuelan vice president for international drug trafficking.
- Consumer confidence highest in 17 years.
- Small business confidence highest in 11 years.
- Stock market is up 10% since inauguration, up 15% since election.
- Exxon Mobil announced $20 billion/45,000 job expansion in U.S.
- Charter Communications announced $25 billion expansion, creating 20,000 jobs in U.S.
- Accenture announced $1.4 billion expansion, creating 15,000 jobs in U.S.
- Intel announced $7 billion expansion, creating 10,000 jobs in the U.S.
- Ordered renegotiation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.
- Named former Congressman Scott Garrett, an outspoken critic of the Export-Import Bank to the bank’s Board of Directors.