President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office will be this Saturday (the 29th), and despite conventional wisdom that it’s a president’s first 100 days in which they’re the most powerful and influential, Trump calls the first 100 days a “ridiculous standard” by which to judge a new president.Despite notable failures in passing healthcare reform, and having his immigration/refugee-related executive orders struck down, Trump actually has signed 28 bills into law – the most since 1949. However, none meet the standard for “major bills,” so take that as a caveat. Perhaps his “big announcement” on tax reform expected for this Wednesday will lead to a bill meeting that criteria.
Regardless, despite Trump seeing the “first 100 days” as arbitrary, he does have an executive order spree planned for this week too.According to ABC, In the week that will mark his 100th day in office, President Trump will sign four new executive orders, including one calling for a review of offshore-drilling regulations and another directing a review of national-monument designations on federal lands.
The president also plans to to sign an order establishing an “office of accountability and whistleblower protection” at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The new office will be charged with helping the Veterans Affairs secretary “discipline or terminate [Veterans Affairs] managers or employees who fail to carry out their duties in helping our veterans,” according to a White House official.Trump is also expected Tuesday to sign an executive order creating a task force “to examine the concerns of rural America and suggest legislative and regulatory changes to address them,” the White House said.
The order on national monuments will direct the Interior Department to review prior monument designations under a more than 100-year-old law that authorizes the president to establish federal lands as national monuments. And as part of the administration’s push to expand offshore drilling, the president on Friday is expected to sign a directive called, America First Energy Executive Order, calling for a review of offshore oil and gas locations and rules.
Not like there’s anything wrong with those executive orders – but Trump should be reminded that Republicans control the House and the Senate, and there are much more pressing issues to address.We were promised an Obamacare repeal bill would be on Trump’s desk by day one – and let’s not forget about that, even if we see a viable repeal and replace plan 100 days late.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]