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SOTU: One Year Of Trump Building A Safe, Strong, And Proud America

- January 30, 2018

 

From Restoring Law And Order To Revitalizing The Economy, America Has Had A Monumental Year


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • President Donald Trump delivered on his promise to cut taxes by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, with low to middle-class households and small businesses standing to reap substantial benefits from the law.
    • The law expands the Child Tax Credit and a typical family of four earning $73,000 will save more than $2,000.
    • Citing the GOP's tax cuts, nearly 300 companies have already pledged to offer bonuses, pay raises, or increased employee benefits.
    • Additionally, companies have pledged to invest an estimated $89,067,500,000 in the U.S. economy, including Apple which said it will repatriate $38 billion back to America.
  • The economy has thrived under President Trump's leadership:
    • Unemployment is down from 4.8 percent in January 2017 to 4.1 percent in December 2017 - a 17-year low- and over 1.8 million new jobs have been created, a number which includes 184,000 new manufacturing jobs.
    • Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high and the stock market had a "banner year," with the Dow Jones increasing by 5,000 points in one year for the first time in its 121-year history and surpassing a record 26,000.
  • Under President Trump's direction, federal agencies withdrew or delayed 1,579 planned regulatory actions, issued 22 deregulatory actions for every one regulatory action issued, and, in so doing, saved taxpayers $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory costs; the equivalent of $570 million per year.
    • Highlights of President Trump's deregulatory agenda include withdrawing the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Agreement, repealing Obamacare's individual mandate, and signing an executive order allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines.
  • President Trump stopped America's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, began renegotiating other U.S. trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement, and made "37 major deals" between U.S. and Chinese companies during his trip to Asia that "total[ed] more than $250 billion."
  • President Trump secured Justice Neil Gorsuch a seat on the Supreme Court and had 12 federal appeals court nominees confirmed in 2017-a new record for a president's first year.
  • In addition to bolstering national security by authorizing $700 billion annually for defense, President Trump has reoriented U.S. foreign policy to put America first:
    • ISIS has "effectively lost all of its territory in Iraq," and over 7 million people in the region have been liberated.
    • President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and new sanctions have been imposed on the Iranian regime.
    • Trump also increased sanctions against Chinese entities accused of aiding North Korea's missile program and oversaw two unanimous Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on North Korea.
  • President Trump strengthened America's immigration system by ordering the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, 75 new immigration judges, and stopping the Obama-era policy of "catch and release."
    • In FY 2017, the Border Patrol made 310,531 apprehensions nationwide, deported 226,119 illegal immigrants, and as a result of the decreased illegal crossing attempts, Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low.

Tonight, President Trump Will Deliver His First State Of The Union Address

President Trump Will Give His State Of The Union Speech On January 30. "President Trump will give his next State of the Union speech on Jan. 30 and this year's theme is 'building a safe, strong, and proud America,' according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters about the speech." (Alexi McCammond, "The 5 Topics Trump Will Cover In His SOTU Speech," Axios, 1/27/18)

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DELIVERED ON HIS PROMISE TO CUT TAXES FOR ALL AMERICANS

During His Last Speech To A Joint Session Of Congress, President Trump Pledged To Cut Taxes

President Trump Stated That He Would Develop A "Historic Tax Reform" That Would "Provide Massive Tax Relief To The Middle Class." "Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world. My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class." (President Donald Trump, First Address To Congress , Washington, D.C., 2/28/17)

Under The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passed This Year, Those In The Middle-Class Will See The Largest Change In After Tax Income

The Average Tax Cut For A Family Making The U.S. Median Income, $73,000 Is $2,059. " With this law, the typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of $2,059." ("Tax Cuts And Jobs Act," Committee On Ways And Means , Accessed 1/24/18)

Lower-Middle-Class Households Will See The Largest Tax Cut As A Percentage Of Their Income As A Result Of The Republican Tax Plan. "The Republican tax plan would lead to tax cuts for all income groups in 2019, with the lower-middle-class households receiving the largest tax reductions on a percentage basis but upper-income households receiving the most money." (Siobhan Hughes, "Government Analysis Shows 8% Overall Tax Cut In 2019 Under GOP Plan," The Wall Street Journal , 12/18/17)

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Made The Child Tax Credit "More Generous For Low-Income Families." "Thanks to a late push by Rubio and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the child tax credit would be more generous for low-income families and the working class." (Heather Long, "The Final GOP Tax Bill Is Complete. Here's What Is In It," The Washington Post , 12/15/17)

  • The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Increases The Child Tax Credit From $1,000 To A Maximum Of $2,000 Per Child. "The current child tax credit is $1,000 per child. The House and Senate bills expanded the child tax credit, with the Senate going up to a maximum of $2,000 per child. The final bill keeps the $2,000-per-child credit (families making up to about $400,000 get to take the credit)." (Heather Long, "The Final GOP Tax Bill Is Complete. Here's What Is In It," The Washington Post , 12/15/17)

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Lowered Taxes For The "Vast Majority" Of Americans And Small Business Owners. "The bill also lowers taxes for the vast majority of Americans, as well as small-business owners - at least until the cuts expire after eight years." (Heather Long, "The Final GOP Tax Bill Is Complete. Here's What Is In It," The Washington Post , 12/15/17)

Nearly 300 Companies Have Said They Will Give Their Employees Bonuses And Pay Raises Because Of President Trump's Historic Tax Cuts

U.S. Companies Have Pledged To Invest An Estimated $89,067,500,000 In The U.S. Economy As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. ("List Of Tax Reform Good News,"Americans For Tax Reform, 1/23/18)

Since The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passed, 273 Companies Have Announced That They Will Give Their Employees Bonuses, Wage Hikes, 401(K) Match Increases Because Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "273 Companies Announce Bonuses, Wage Hikes, 401(k) Match Increases Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. At least 3 million Americans are receiving special tax reform bonuses." ("List Of Tax Reform Good News," Americans For Tax Reform, Accessed 1/30/18)

  • Apple Said It Would Make A Sizeable Investment In The U.S., With $38 Billion Going Towards 20,000 New Jobs, A New Domestic Campus, And A One-Time Tax Payment. "The $38 billion tax payment from the Silicon Valley giant is set to be among the biggest payouts from the tax bill, and Apple said it would put some of the money it brought back toward 20,000 new jobs, a new domestic campus and other spending." (Daisuke Wakabayashi and Brian X. Chen, "Apple, Capitalizing On New Tax Law, Plans To Bring Billions In Cash Back To U.S.," The New York Times , 1/17/18)
  • AT&T Promised To Pay More Than 200,000 Workers "A Special $1,000 Bonus" And To "Invest $1 Billion More In The U.S. In 2018." "AT&T was the first company to go public with its plans to pass along coming tax savings to workers, saying once the tax bill is passed it would pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 of its non-management workers. Front-line managers, the company said, will also be included in the bonus pool. The bonus could hit employees paychecks over the holidays if Trump signs the bill before Christmas, the company said in a statement. The telecom giant also confirmed it would invest $1 billion more in the U.S. in 2018." (Adam Shell, "AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo Promise Bonuses Or Pay Hikes Once Tax Cut Bill Passes," USA Today , 12/20/17)
  • Comcast Stated That It "Would Award Special $1,000 Bonuses To More Than 100,000 Eligible Employees" And Invest More Than $50 Billion Over The Next Five Years. "Media and cable company Comcast said it would award special $1,000 bonuses to more than 100,000 eligible employees. The company, which also owns NBCUniversal, said it also expects to spend more than $50 billion over the next five years investing in infrastructure to improve and extend broadband plant and capacity, and its television, film and theme park offerings." (Adam Shell, "AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo Promise Bonuses Or Pay Hikes Once Tax Cut Bill Passes," USA Today , 12/20/17)

SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, THE ECONOMY HAS THRIVED

The U.S. Labor Market Improved Dramatically In 2017, Adding 1.8 Million Jobs Since President Trump Took Office In January 2017

Since President Trump Took Office, Nonfarm Payroll Has Increased By 1,839,000 . ("Databases, Tables And Calculators By Subject," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 1/17/18)

Unemployment Has Decreased From 4.8 Percent In January 2017 To 4.1 Percent In December 2017 . ("Databases, Tables And Calculators By Subject," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 1/17/18)

In October 2017, Unemployment Inched Down To 4.1%, The Lowest Since December 2000. "Unemployment inched down to 4.1%, the lowest since December 2000." (Patrick Gillespie and Chris Isidore, "U.S. Unemployment Drops To Lowest In 17 Years," CNN , 11/3/17)

U.S. Consumer Confidence Was Stronger Than Expected This January, Hovering Near A 17-Year High. "U.S. consumer confidence was stronger than expected in January and hovering near a 17-year high as households grew somewhat more upbeat about employment and the economy, according to figures out Tuesday from the Conference Board in New York." (Katia Dmitrieva, "U.S. Consumer Confidence Rose More Than Forecast In January," Bloomberg , 1/30/18)

Under President Trump, The Nation Has Gained 159,000 Manufacturing Jobs . ("Databases, Tables And Calculators By Subject," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 12/8/17)

Economic Growth Has Been Strong Throughout In 2017

The Economy Grew Faster Than Analysts Expected, Showing The Resilience Of The U.S. Economy Even After Debilitating Hurricanes. "The U.S. economy grew faster than analysts had expected in the third quarter of 2017, with the Bureau of Economic Analysis saying America's real gross domestic product increased at 3 percent - below the 3.1 percent rise in the previous quarter, but showing resilience in the face of debilitating hurricanes. 'Together they represent the fastest six-month period of growth since 2014,' NPR's John Ydstie reports." (Bill Chappell, "U.S. GDP Beats Expectations, Growing At 3 Percent," NPR , 10/27/17)

According To The Commerce Department, Second-Quarter 2017 GDP Growth Was 3.1 Percent, Its Fastest Pace In Two Years. "US economic growth in the second quarter was stronger than previously thought, according to the Commerce Department's third estimate of gross domestic product released Thursday. GDP, the value of everything produced in America, was revised up to an annualized growth rate of 3.1% from 3%. It was the fastest rate since the first quarter of 2015." (Akin Oyedele, "US Economic Growth Hits A 2-Year High On Strong Business And Consumer Spending," Business Insider , 9/28/17)

According To The Commerce Department, Third-Quarter 2017 GDP Growth Was 3.3 Percent, Its Fastest Rate In Three Years. "Led by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years. The Commerce Department estimated Wednesday that third-quarter growth exceeded the 3 percent annual expansion it had initially reported last month." (Paul Wiseman, "US Economy Expanded At Brisk 3.3 Percent Pace In Third Quarter," NBC News , 11/29/17)

GDP Increased By 2.6 Percent In The Fourth Quarter. "Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 (table 1), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.2 percent." ("National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2017," Bureau Of Economic Analysis , 1/26/18)

During President Trump's First Year In Office, The Stock Market Reached Record Highs, With The Dow Jones Exceeding 26,000 For The First Time Ever

The Dow, The S&P 500, And The Nasdaq All Has A "Banner Year." "The Dow, along with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite, has had a banner year, rising 25.6 percent." (Fred Imbert, "Dow Rises 5,000 Points In A Year For The First Time Ever," CNBC , 12/18/17)

In President Trump's First Year In Office, The Dow Jones Industrial Average Rose "More Than Any Other President Since Franklin Roosevelt." "Donald Trump lifted the Dow Jones industrial average in his first year in office more than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt." (Fred Imbert, "The Dow's 31% Gain During Trump's First Year Is The Best Since FDR," CNBC , 1/19/18)

  • The Dow Jones "Surged More Than 31 Percent Since Trump's Inauguration On January 20, 2017." "The Dow has surged more than 31 percent since Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017." (Fred Imbert, "The Dow's 31% Gain During Trump's First Year Is The Best Since FDR," CNBC , 1/19/18)
  • In 2017, The Dow Jones Increased By 5,000 Points In A Year, Something That Had Never Done Before In Its 121-Year History. "The Dow Jones industrial average just did something it has never done in its 121-year history" "The Dow Jones industrial average just did something it has never done in its 121-year history. The 30-stock average is now up more than 5,000 points in a year, marking its biggest annual-points gain ever." (Fred Imbert, "Dow Rises 5,000 Points In A Year For The First Time Ever," CNBC , 12/18/17)
  • On January 17, 2018, The Dow Jones Industrial Average Closed Above 26,000 For The First Time Ever. "Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its first close above 26,000 points." ("Markets Right Now: Dow Has First Close About 26,000," The Associated Press , 1/17/18)

The S&P 500 "Jumped 23 Percent During Trump's First Year In Office." "The broader S&P 500 jumped 23 percent during Trump's first year in office." (Fred Imbert, "The Dow's 31% Gain During Trump's First Year Is The Best Since FDR," CNBC , 1/19/18)

In The Fourth Quarter Of 2017, U.S. Investor Optimism Rose To The Highest It Has Been In 17 Years. "U.S. investor optimism has remained strong in the fourth quarter, with investors mostly upbeat about the 12-month outlook for the economy, the stock market, unemployment and their personal finances. This is reflected in the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index, which hit +140 in the fourth-quarter poll. While similar to the +138 recorded in the third quarter, it is up from +96 a year ago and is technically the highest since September 2000, when it was +147." (Lydia Saad, "U.S. Investor Optimism Still Riding High," Gallup , 12/12/17)

PRESIDENT donald trump ELIMINATEd Burdensome regulations implemented by his predecessors

The Trump Administration Withdrew Or Delayed 1,579 Planned Regulatory Actions And Achieved $8.1 Billion In Lifetime Net Regulatory Cost Savings

In 2017, Federal Agencies Withdrew Or Delayed 1,579 Planned Regulatory Actions. "In this Administration, agencies have withdrawn or delayed 1,579 planned regulatory actions. 635 regulations were withdrawn. 244 regulations were made inactive. 700 regulations were delayed." (Press Release "President Donald J. Trump Is Delivering On Deregulation," The White House , 12/14/17)

Federal Agencies Achieved $8.1 Billion In Lifetime Net Regulatory Cost Savings In FY 2017, The Equivalent Of $570 Million Per Year. "Federal agencies achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings, the equivalent of $570 million per year. These savings go beyond the Administration's goal of imposing no lifetime net regulatory costs in FY 2017." (Press Release, "President Donald J. Trump Is Delivering On Deregulation," The White House , 12/14/17)

Through The Congressional Review Act's Expedited Repeal Mechanism, Congress Rolled Back 14 Regulations

According To President Trump, His Administration Eliminated 22 Regulations For Every One That Has Been Added. "The administration withdrew or delayed 1,579 planned regulatory actions in 2017, according to the semi-annual Unified Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda published by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Thursday afternoon. The regulatory agenda acts as a policy blueprint of sorts for federal agencies. Trump said his administration has eliminated 22 regulations for every one that has been added." (Lydia Wheeler, "Trump Touts Deregulation By His Administration," The Hill , 12/14/17)

President Trump And Congress Eliminated More Of The Preceding Administration's Regulations Via The Congressional Review Act Than The Combined Efforts Of The Previous Three Administrations. "Deregulation is a major ambition of President Donald Trump's agenda; as one example, he has signed more laws rolling back his predecessor's regulations than the combined total of the three previous presidents since the process was established by the 1999 Congressional Review Act." (Justin Sink, "Trump Orders Government To Stop Work On Y2K, 17 Years Later," Bloomberg , 6/15/17)

President Trump's Deregulation Agenda Ended The War On Coal

In 2017, President Trump Declared An End To The War On Coal. "Speaking at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Trump declared an end to what he called 'the war on coal' and promised a 'new energy revolution' with a thriving coal and natural gas industry." (Justin Worland, "President Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Obama-Era Environmental Regulations," Time , 3/28/17)

President Trump Signed An Executive Order To Start The Process Of Undoing President Obama's Restriction On Offshore Oil And Natural Gas Drilling. "President Trump signed an order Friday to kick off the process of undoing former President Obama's restrictions on offshore oil and natural gas drilling." (Timothy Cama, "Trump Signs Order To Roll Back Obama's Offshore Drilling Limits," The Hill , 4/28/17)

President Trump Signed An Executive Order To Undo Restrictions On Offshore Drilling And Unleash America's Energy Resources

President Trump Signed An Executive Order To Start The Process Of Undoing President Obama's Restriction On Offshore Oil And Natural Gas Drilling. "President Trump signed an order Friday to kick off the process of undoing former President Obama's restrictions on offshore oil and natural gas drilling." (Timothy Cama, "Trump Signs Order To Roll Back Obama's Offshore Drilling Limits," The Hill , 4/28/17)

President Trump Rolled Back Federal Overreach On The Agricultural Industry And Acted To Protect Farmers And Ranchers

President Trump Rolled Back President Obama's "Waters Of The United States" Rule Which Regulates Small Bodies Of Water Which Are Subject To Federal Oversight. "The Trump administration is moving to roll back an environmental rule intended to define which small bodies of water are subject to federal authority under the Clean Water Act. President Trump signed documents Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the Obama administration's 'Waters of the United States' rule. In doing so, Trump said he is 'paving the way' for the elimination' of the rule." (Merrit Kennedy, "Trump Aims To 'Eliminate' Clean Water Rule," NPR , 2/28/17)

President Trump's Actions To Cut Regulations Will Allow Much Needed Projects To Repair America's Aging Infrastructure To Go Forward

In January 2017, President Trump Signed An Executive Order Expediting The Environmental Review And Approval Of High-Priority Infrastructure Projects. "Donald Trump has signed five new executive orders - including one to expedite environmental review and approval of high-priority infrastructure projects." (Andrew Buncombe, "Donald Trump Signs Order To Speed Up Environmental Review Of Infrastructure Projects," Independent , 1/24/17)

In August 2017, President Trump Signed An Executive Order Streamlining The Approval Process For Major Road And Bridge Projects. "President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that's designed to streamline the approval process for building roads, bridges and other infrastructure by establishing 'one federal decision' for major projects and setting an average two-year goal for permitting." (Mark Niquette and Christopher Flavelle, "Trump To Speed Up Public-Works Permits, Drop Climate Order," Bloomberg , 08/15/17)

President Trump Withdrew The United States From The Job-Killing Paris Climate Agreement And Will Cease U.S. Payments To The Green Climate Fund

President Trump Announced The United States Will Withdraw From The Paris Climate Agreement. "President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord." (Michael D. Shear, "Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement," The New York Times , 6/1/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS UPHELD HIS PROMISE TO PUT AMERICA FIRST AND IMPROVE AMERICA'S TRADE POLICIES

Since President Trump Took Office, He Has Signed An Executive Order Abandoning The Trans-Pacific Partnership And Has Begun To Re-Negotiate U.S. Trade Agreements

On January 23, 2017, President Trump Withdrew From The Trans-Pacific Partnership And "Declared An End To The Era Of Multinational Trade Agreements." "President Trump upended America's traditional, bipartisan trade policy on Monday as he formally abandoned the ambitious, 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership brokered by his predecessor and declared an end to the era of multinational trade agreements that defined global economics for decades." (Peter Baker, "Trump Abandons Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama's Signature Trade Deal," The New York Times , 1/23/17)

  • This Action "Signaled That He Plans To Follow Through On Promises To Take A More Aggressive Stance Against Foreign Competitors As Part Of His 'America First' Approach." "With the stroke of a pen on his first full weekday in office, Mr. Trump signaled that he plans to follow through on promises to take a more aggressive stance against foreign competitors as part of his 'America First' approach." (Peter Baker, "Trump Abandons Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama's Signature Trade Deal," The New York Times , 1/23/17)

President Trump Has Also Begun "Re-Negotiating The North American Free Trade Agreement And The Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement." "Since President Donald Trump took office, the U.S. has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement." (Yen Nee Lee, Trump's Trade Policies Could Cancel Out The Benefits Of Tax Reform, EY Says," CNBC , 1/12/18)

President Trump Made "37 Major Deals" Between U.S. And Chinese Companies During His Trip To Asia, "Totaling More Than $250 Billion." "The Commerce Department has revealed the 37 major deals signed between U.S. and Chinese companies during President Donald Trump's trip through Asia, totaling more than $250 billion." ( Lori Ann LaRocco, "These Are The 37 Major Deals US Firms Signed With Chinese Entities During Trump's Visit," CNBC , 11/9/17)

DURING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST YEAR, HE OUTPACED HIS PREDECESSORS WITH THE NUMBER OF JUDICIAL NOMINEES CONFIRMED

Donald Trump Pledged To Nominate A Justice To The Supreme Court

During The 2016 Campaign, Donald Trump Released A List Of Potential Supreme Court Nominees And Stated "The Single Most Important Thing The Next President Is Going To Have To Do Is Pick Supreme Court Justices." "Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday released a list of 11 potential picks to replace Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, a mix of federal and state judges that appeared tailored to win over conservatives still skeptical of his candidacy. The decision to release such a list is highly unusual for a presidential candidate, and comes as Trump is working to unite a Republican Party fractured by his candidacy and assuage still-skeptical establishment Republicans who question his ability to win a general election. 'I have a lot of people that are conservative that really like me, love everything I stand for, but they really would like to know my view,' Trump said Wednesday in an interview with Fox News, 'because perhaps outside of the defense of our country, perhaps the single most important thing the next president is going to have to do is pick Supreme Court justices.'" (Jill Colvin and Mark Sherman, "Trump Unveils List Of Potential Picks For Supreme Court Seat," The Associated Press , Accessed 1/30/18)

Despite A Democratic Filibuster, President Trump's Nominee To The U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, Was Confirmed

In April, Judge Gorsuch Was Confirmed By The Senate To Become The 113 th Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court. "Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday to become the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, capping a political brawl that lasted for more than a year and tested constitutional norms inside the Capitol's fraying upper chamber." (Adam Liptak and Matt Flegenheimer, "Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Supreme Court Justice," The New York Times, 4/7/17)

  • Gorsuch Was Confirmed Despite A Democratic Filibuster. "On Thursday, after Democrats waged a filibuster against Judge Gorsuch, denying him the 60 votes required to advance to a final vote, Republicans invoked the so-called nuclear option: lowering the threshold on Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote." (Adam Liptak and Matt Flegenheimer, "Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Supreme Court Justice," The New York Times, 4/7/17)

President Trump Set A Record For The Most Circuit Court Nominees Confirmed In A President's First Year

In President Trump's First Year, Twelve Of His Nominees To Federal Appeals Courts Were Confirmed. "Trump is breaking records with his judicial confirmations. The Senate voted Thursday to confirm James Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which bumps the number of Trump's nominees approved for the circuit court to 12." (Jennifer Bendery, "Trump's Bigger Win In 2017? His Judicial Confirmations," The Huffington Post , 12/14/17)

  • President Trump Had More Circuit Court Confirmations In His First Year In Office Than Any Other President. "That's more than any president has confirmed in their first year in office since the Circuit Courts were created in 1891. He surpassed presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, who had 11 circuit court judges confirmed in their first year. For President Barack Obama, the number was just three." (Jennifer Bendery, "Trump's Bigger Win In 2017? His Judicial Confirmations," The Huffington Post , 12/14/17)

President Trump Had Six District Court Nominees Confirmed In 2017. "This is in addition to the Senate confirming Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, and six of his district court nominees." (Jennifer Bendery, "Trump's Bigger Win In 2017? His Judicial Confirmations," The Huffington Post , 12/14/17)

As Of January 17, 2018, President Trump Has Had Four Additional District Court Nominees Confirmed For A Total Of Ten District Court Confirmations. ("Confirmation Listing," United States Courts , Accessed 1/29/18)

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TAKEN STRONG STEPS TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY, DESTROY ISIS, AND REAFFIRM OUR UNBREAKABLE ALLIANCE WITH ISRAEL

President Trump Delivered On His Promise To Rebuild The United States Military By Signing The National Defense Authorization Act Which Allocates $700 Billion To The Military

In His First Joint Address To Congress, President Trump Called For Providing The United States Soldiers With The "Tools They Need To Prevent War." PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: "Finally, to keep America safe, we must provide the men and women of the United States military with the tools they need to prevent war - if they must - they have to fight and they only have to win. (Applause.) I am sending Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester - (applause) - and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history. My budget will also increase funding for our veterans. Our veterans have delivered for this nation, and now we must deliver for them. (Applause.)" (Donald Trump, Remarks By President Trump In Joint Address To Congress , Washington, D.C., 02/28/17)

On December 12, 2017, The President Fulfilled This Promise By Signing The National Defense Authorization Act, Authorizing $700 Billion Dollars Annually For United States Defense Expenditures. "President Trump signed a nearly $700 billion annual defense policy bill on Tuesday, touting it as a step toward delivering on his promise to build up the military. 'Today with the signing of this defense bill, we accelerate the process of fully restoring America's military might,' Trump said at a signing ceremony in the White House's Roosevelt Room." (Rebecca Kheel, "Trump Signs Nearly $700B Defense Policy Bill," The Hill , 12/12/17)

As Of December 2017, Iraqi And Syrian Forces, With Coalition Support, Have Effectively Eliminated The Islamic State In Iraq

In His 2017 Joint Address To Congress, President Trump Promised To "Extinguish This Vile Enemy [ISIS] From Our Planet." PRESIDENT TRUMP: "As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS - a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, and women, and children of all faiths and all beliefs. We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet. (Applause.)" (Donald Trump, Remarks By President Trump In Joint Address To Congress , Washington, D.C., 02/28/17)

ISIS Has "Effectively Lost All Of Its Territory In Iraq" Thanks To The Efforts Of Iraqi Troops And Coalition Forces. "In 2014, ISIS controlled around 34,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. As of Friday, ISIS lost its last stronghold in Iraq. That's because on Friday morning Iraqi troops and US-led coalition forces retook Rawa - a small town in northwestern Iraq - after about five hours of fighting. ISIS has now effectively lost all of its territory in Iraq, even though some of the group's militants still operate in the country's western rural areas near the border with Syria." (Alex Ward, "ISIS Just Lost Its Last Town In Iraq," Vox , 11/17/17)

As Of December 2017, Iraqi And Syrian Forces, With Coalition Support, Have Liberated Over 7 Million People And Regained Control Of All Territory Once Held By ISIS. "At the same time across the border in Syria, Kurds and Arabs -- sick of ISIS' brutality -- formed the SDF. Coalition support enabled the group to take the fight to ISIS in areas that were once the terror group's stronghold. Now, Iraqi security forces and the SDF have taken back all the territory once held by ISIS. U.S. officials said there are fewer than 3,000 ISIS adherents in Iraq and Syria, with most of those in Syria. The SDF and Iraqi forces -- with coalition support -- have liberated 7.7 million people from ISIS over the past three years." (Jim Garamone, "Iraqi, Syrian Democratic Forces Destroy ISIS' 'Caliphate,'" U.S. Department Of Defense News , 12/11/17)

President Trump Formally Recognized Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel, Reaffirming The United States' Commitment To The Country

During The 2016 Campaign, Donald Trump Promised To Name Jerusalem "The Eternal Capital of The Jewish People" Once In Office And "Accept The Long-Standing Congressional Mandate To Recognize Jerusalem" As The Capital Of Israel. "The Trump campaign 'acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3,000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.'" (Harriet Agerholm, "Donald Trump Tells Israeli Prime Minister He Would Recognize Jerusalem As Israel's Capital," The Independent , 09/26/16)

President Trump Fulfilled This Promise By Formally Recognizing Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel. "President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City. 'It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,' said Mr. Trump, speaking from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, saying that past approaches to the conflict, like delaying that recognition, had not moved the peace process forward." (Mark Landler, "Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel's Capital," The New York Times , 12/06/17)

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Called President Trump A "True Friend Of Israel." "'President-elect Trump is a true friend of the state of Israel,' said Netanyahu in a statement. 'We will work together to advance the security, stability and peace in our region. The strong connection between the United States and Israel is based on shared values, shared interests and a shared destiny.'" (Peter Beaumont, "Trump Has 'Every Intention' Of Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel's Capital," The Guardian , 11/09/16)

Under The Trump Administration, The United States Has Gotten Tough With The Islamic Republic Of Iran

In A Speech To The United Nations, President Donald Trump Stated That It Was "Time For The Entire World To Demand The Iranian Government End Their Pursuit Of Death And Destruction." TRUMP: "It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction." (Donald Trump, Remarks At The United Nations , New York, NY, 09/19/17)

In February 2017, Following Iran's Ballistic Missile Tests, President Trump Imposed New Sanctions On The Iranian Regime. "New sanctions that the Trump administration imposed on Friday to punish Tehran's latest ballistic missile test marked the beginning of what officials called the end of an era in which the United States was 'too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior.'" (David E. Sanger, "U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Over Missile Test," The New York Times , 02/03/17)

Under The Trump Administration, The United States Introduced Sanctions To Compel The Rogue Regime Of North Korea To End Their Nuclear Program

President Trump Stated The U.S. Was "Ready To Confront North Korea ." TRUMP: "The U.S. is ready to confront North Korea. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." (Donald Trump, Remarks At The United Nations , New York, NY, 09/19/17)

In June, The Trump Administration Announced Increased Sanctions Against Chinese Entities Accused Of Aiding North Korea's Missile Program. "The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against Chinese entities accused of aiding North Korea's illicit nuclear and missile programs. The action is a sharp turn in President Trump's approach to China and the beginning of a new and unpredictable effort to use sticks instead of carrots with Chinese President Xi Jinping." (Josh Rogin, "The Trump Administration Calls China's Bluff On North Korea," The Washington Post , 06/29/17)

Under President Trump, The United States Has Pushed Through Two Unanimous Security Council Resolutions Imposing Sanctions On North Korea. "The first concerns the Trump administration's escalating pressure campaign against North Korea. On Tillerson's watch, of course, the United States has pushed through two unanimous U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing ever more draconian economic sanctions on Pyongyang." (John Hannah, "Two Cheers For Rex," Foreign Policy , 11/29/17)

According To Foreign Policy's John Hannah, "Tillerson And The State Department Have Been Methodically Getting Countries Across The World To Tighten The Diplomatic And Economic Noose On Pyongyang." " At Trump's direction, Tillerson and the State Department have been methodically getting countries across the world to tighten the diplomatic and economic noose on Pyongyang." (John Hannah, "Two Cheers For Rex," Foreign Policy , 11/29/2017)

Under The Trump Administration, The United States Has Reversed The Obama Administration's Unpopular Détente With The Communist Regime In Cuba

In 2016, President Trump Promised That If Was Elected He Would Undo The Obama Administration's Unpopular "One-Sided Deal With Cuba." " Reversing U.S.-Cuba policy was a campaign promise of Trump's-one that has grown increasingly unpopular with the majority of Republican voters-but one that White House officials said Trump planned to keep. 'Effective immediately,' Trump told the crowd, 'I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba.'" (J.Weston Phippen, 'Trump's Cuba Policy Reversal," The Atlantic , 6/16/17)

In June, President Trump Followed Through On His Campaign Promise And Instituted Sweeping Changes To U.S. Policy Towards Cuba Including "Tightening Travel Restrictions For Americans" And "Banning U.S. Business Transactions With Cuba's Vast Military Conglomerate." "In an overhaul of one of his predecessor's signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President Barack Obama and banning U.S. business transactions with Cuba's vast military conglomerate. Trump's changes, shared Thursday with the Miami Herald, are intended to sharply curtail cash flow to the Cuban government and pressure its communist leaders to let the island's fledging private sector grow." (Patricia Mazzei and Nora Gamez Torres, "Trump Recasts Cuba Policy, Takes Harder Line Than Obama On Military, Travel," The Miami Herald , 6/15/17)

Following Pressure From The Trump Administration, The United States' Allies In Europe Reaffirmed Their Commitment To NATO And To The Fight Against Terrorism

During President Trump's May Trip To Brussels, He Had "Blunt Words" For U.S. Allies Concerning Their Lack Of Contributions To NATO. " What he has been vocal about is pressing NATO allies to pay what he considers their fair share of the alliance's running costs. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, traveling with Mr. Trump to Brussels, said the president would have blunt words for the leaders of other NATO members on that issue. And he did, criticizing the other leaders assembled behind him for not contributing 2 percent of their gross domestic product to their defense, as the allied nations had agreed." (Steven Erlanger, "Highlights: In Brussels, Trump Scolds Allies On Cost-Sharing, and Stays Vague On Article 5," The New York Times , 5/25/17)

After "Intense Pressure" From President Trump, NATO Allies Plan To Boost Their Defense Spending By 4.3%. "NATO allies of the United States plan to boost their defense spending by 4.3 percent this year, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, a response in part to intense pressure from President Trump that the nations invest more in their militaries." (Michael Birnbaum and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, "NATO Allies Boost Defense Spending In The Wake Of Trump Criticism," The Washington Post , 6/28/17)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Called The New Contributions "A Significant Increase" And Stated That Because Of The Increased Spending "We Are Moving In The Right Direction When It Comes To Burden-Sharing And Defense Spending." "Speaking to reporters Thursday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the new money 'a significant increase,' adding that 'European Allies and Canada spent almost $46 billion more on defense' since 2014. 'We are moving in the right direction when it comes to burden-sharing and defense spending,' he added." (Ryan Browne, "NATO Members To Increase Defense Spending," CNN, 6/29/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP FORCEFULLY CRACKED DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, BRINGING LAW AND ORDER BACK TO AMERICA'S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

President Trump Has Begun To Restore Integrity To America's Immigration System

President Trump And Attorney General Jeff Sessions Ended The Obama-Era Policy Of "Catch And Release." "Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared 'a new era' in immigration enforcement on Tuesday, saying his prosecutors will try to bring stiffer criminal charges against repeat illegal immigrants and smugglers as part of President Trump's crackdown. Mr. Sessions said his enforcement priorities will end the 'catch and release' practices of the Obama administration and give the Justice Department a more active role in stemming illegal immigration." (Andrea Noble, "Trump's Justice Department To End 'Catch And Release' Immigration Policy," The Washington Times , 4/11/17)

President Trump Signed An Executive Order Prohibiting Sanctuary Jurisdictions From Receiving Federal Grant Funding. "According to the executive order, dubbed 'Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,' cities that do not comply with federal immigration enforcement agents 'are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary.' It also notes that the director of the Office of Management and Budget will be responsible for obtaining and providing 'relevant and responsive information on all Federal grant money that currently is received by any sanctuary jurisdiction.'" (Priscilla Alvarez, "Trump Cracks Down On Sanctuary Cities," The Atlantic , 1/25/17)

Because Of A Backlog Of Nearly 600,000 Immigration Cases, Attorney General Sessions Announced The Department Of Justice (DOJ) Sought To Add 75 Immigration Judges. "Sessions announced that DOJ will seek to add 75 immigration judges to the courts over the next year and will implement reforms to speed up the hiring process. These changes address a real problem with the immigration system-a nearly 600,000-case backlog at the immigration courts-and the move was a rare occasion in which advocates applauded the administration." (Danny Vinik, "The One Area Jeff Sessions And Immigration Advocates Agree," Politico , 4/11/17)

  • President Trump Ordered The Hiring Of 10,000 New Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents And 5,000 Additional Border Patrol Agents. "The President ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 additional border patrol agents." (Press Release, "Fact Sheet: Donald J. Trump And Attorney General Sessions Stand Up Against Lawless Sanctuary Cities," The White House , 8/16/17)

President Trump Has Worked To Fulfill His Promise To Bolster Border Security And Reform America's Immigration System

President Trump Signed An Executive Order Delivering On His "Long-Promised Wall On The Border With Mexico." "The biggest piece of Trump's first executive order was his long-promised wall on the border with Mexico. The measure instructs the homeland security secretary to take 'steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border,' in order to 'achieve complete operational control of the southern border.'" (Tal Kopan and Catherine E. Shoichet, "Key Points In Trump's Immigration Executive Orders," CNN , 1/26/17)

The House Appropriations Committee Approved A $1.6 Billion Down Payment To Pay For The Border Wall. " The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved $44.3 billion in spending for the Department of Homeland Security - including $1.6 billion down payment on the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border." (Seth McLaughlin, "House Panel OKs $1.6 Billion As Down Payment For Trump Wall Construction," The Washington Times , 7/18/17)

The Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) Began Building Prototypes Of The Wall. "The Department of Homeland Security unveiled several border wall prototypes here on Thursday that the agency said was the first step in carrying out President Trump's plan to build a barrier along the nearly 2,000-mile border that the United States shares with Mexico. Agency officials said they would test the mock-ups over the next few months to determine which worked best in curbing illegal immigration and drug trafficking." (Ron Nixon, "Border Wall Prototypes Are Unveiled, But Trump's Vision Still Faces Obstacles," The New York Times , 10/26/17)

President Trump Held Bipartisan Meetings With The Goal Of Restricting Chain Migration, Disposing Of The Diversity Lottery System, And Enhancing Security Along The U.S.-Mexico Border. "Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats emerging from the meeting between Trump and 26 lawmakers said the first round of immigration talks would focus on four major points: settling the fate of DACA recipients; restricting family migration policy, which some conservatives deride as 'chain migration'; curbing a diversity lottery system that grants visas to 55,000 people from countries with low immigration each year; and determining how to bolster security along the U.S. border with Mexico." (Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura, "Trump Offers To 'Take All The Heat' On Immigration, But Also Appears To Contradict Himself," The Washington Post , 1/9/18)

Under President Trump, Immigration And Customs Enforcement Targeted Dangerous Gang Members, Making Communities Across The Country Safer

The Trump Administration Focused On "Stopping The Spread" Of MS-13 In The United States. "President Donald Trump and his top immigration enforcers have begun to focus their attention on the deadly MS-13 gang, saying the administration's hardline immigration policies are focused on stopping its spread in the US." (Tal Kopan, "MS-13 Is Trump's Public Enemy No.1, But Should It Be?" CNN , 4/29/17)

Arrests Of Violent Gang Members "Jumped To 83 Percent" And "92 Percent Of All ICE Arrests Were Those Who Had Criminal Convictions." "ICE acting chief Homan says arrests of gang members - including the violent MS-13 gang - has jumped 83 percent. Homan stressed that 92 percent of all ICE arrests this fiscal year were of those who had criminal convictions. The arrests were of immigration fugitives or those who illegally re-entered the country. 'We arrested more criminals this year than last year,' Homan said." (John Burnett, "Arrests For Illegal Border Crossings Hit 46-Year Low," 91.3 WESM , 12/5/17)

During President Trump's First Year In Office, Detentions Spiked And Border Patrol Arrests Fell Substantially

Illegal Border Crossings Declined By Almost 70 Percent Since President Trump Took Office. "Empowered by a president who has 'taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement,' the nation's chief immigration official revealed Tuesday that deportation targets have surged and that he's planning to deploy more agents and resources to 'sanctuary cities' to arrest illegal criminals. Thomas D. Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview that since Trump entered office, illegal border crossings have crashed by almost 70 percent, 'an historic low,' arrests inside the country have jumped 40 percent and that demands for illegal criminals in local jails has skyrocketed 80 percent." (Paul Bedard, ICE Chief: 80% Jump In Illegal Targets, Readies National 'Sanctuary' Crackdown," Washington Examiner , 7/18/17)

Department Of Homeland Security's (DHS) FY 2017 Report Showed "Border Patrol Arrests Plunged To A 45-Year Low." "The new numbers, which offer the most complete snapshot yet of immigration enforcement under Trump, show that Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, with far fewer people being apprehended between official border crossings. In all, the Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests in fiscal 2016, down 25 percent from a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971." (Elliot Spagat and Jill Colvin, "Detentions Spike, Border Arrests Fall In Trump's First Year," The Associated Press, 12/5/17)

In FY 2017, The Border Patrol Made 310,531 Apprehensions Nationwide And Deported 226,119 Illegal Immigrants. "In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported 310,531 apprehensions nationwide, 303,916 of which were along the Southwest border, underscoring the need for a physical barrier at the border. Additionally, in FY 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Removal Operations (ERO) conducted 143,470 arrests and 226,119 removals." (Press Release, "DHS Announces Progress In Enforcing Immigration Laws, Protecting Americans," Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 12/5/17)

IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST YEAR, HE WORKED TO LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS WHILE INCREASING HEALTH PLAN OPTIONS

In December 2017, President Trump Repealed The Individual Mandate By Signing The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

On December 22, 2017, President Trump Signed The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, Which Repealed The Obamacare's Individual Mandate Penalties. "President Trump on Friday declared Obamacare 'over' as he signed the Republican tax bill that repeals the law's individual mandate penalties." (Philip Klein, "Trump Declares Obamacare Is 'Over' As He Signs Individual Mandate Repeal Into Law," Washington Examiner , 12/22/17)

President Trump's Actions Eliminated The "Unfair" Requirement That Individuals Who Do Not Purchase Insurance Must Pay A Fine." "Repeatedly describing as 'unfair' the requirement that individuals who do not purchase insurance pay a fine, Trump said of eliminating the penalties, 'Essentially, I think it ultimately leads to the end of Obamacare. I think Obamacare is over because of that.'" (Philip Klein, "Trump Declares Obamacare Is 'Over' As He Signs Individual Mandate Repeal Into Law," Washington Examiner , 12/22/17)

In October 2017, President Trump Signed An Executive Order Aimed At Lowering The Cost Of Health Insurance By Allowing Consumers To Buy Plans Across State Lines

On October 12, 2017 President Trump Signed An Executive Order Aimed At Lowering Health Care Costs By Allowing Consumers To Buy Insurance Across State Lines Through Association Health Care Plans. "President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that he says will lower health insurance premiums by allowing more consumers to buy health insurance through association health plans across state lines." (Gregory Korte, "Trump's Health Insurance Order Pushes Association Plans To Drive Down Costs - For Some," USA Today , 10/12/17)

  • President Trump Stated That The Ability To Buy Insurance Across State Lines Would Allow "Great Competitive Health Care." "'They will be able to buy, they'll be able to cross state lines and they will get great competitive health care and it will cost the United States nothing,' Trump said today." (Adam Cancryn and Louis Nelson, "Trump Says Health Care Executive Order Will Allow Coverage To Be Sold Across State Lines," Politico , 10/10/17)

In January 2018, The Trump Administration Announced It Would Begin The Process OF Allowing Consumers To Buy Insurance Across State Lines To Increase Choice And Lower Costs

On January 4, 2018, The Trump Administration Proposed Regulations That Would Help To Facilitate The Sale Of Associated Health Plans Across State Lines. "Striving to fulfill a campaign promise, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed regulations to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, "New Health Insurance Rule Aims To Deliver On Trump Promise," The Associated Press , 1/4/17)

Under The Administration's Proposal, Associated Health Plans Would Gain An "Enhanced Status" Under Federal Law That Would Allow These Plans To Be Exempted From State Regulations. "Under the administration's proposal, health plans sponsored by associations would gain enhanced status under a federal law that generally exempts large employer plans from state regulation." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, "New Health Insurance Rule Aims To Deliver On Trump Promise," The Associated Press , 1/4/17)

The Goal Of This Proposal Is To "Remove Undue Restrictions" On Association Health Plans In Order To Health Care More Affordable. "'The goal of the rule-making is to expand access to affordable health coverage, especially among small employers and self-employed individuals, by removing undue restrictions on the establishment and maintenance of association health plans' under federal law, the proposal said." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, "New Health Insurance Rule Aims To Deliver On Trump Promise," The Associated Press , 1/4/17)

Allowing Insurers To Offer Insurance Across State Lines Would Cut "Red Tape" And Allow For More Choices In Insurance And Lower Price Of Insurance. "The idea is that by eliminating the red tape associated with state insurance regulation, insurers will be able to offer national plans with lower administrative costs. That would expand consumers' choices and reduce the price of insurance." (Margot Sanger-Katz, "The Problem With G.O.P. Plans To Sell Health Insurance Across State Lines," The New York Times , 8/31/15)


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