Today is the 100th day of President Trump’s Administration, and by any quantitative account, it has been one of the most productive first 100 days in modern Presidential history. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
In his first 100 days, President Trump has:
— Worked with Congress to sign 28 pieces of legislation, the most by any president since Truman. By comparison, President Obama signed only 11 bills in his first 100 days.
— Worked with Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal 13 costly Obama-era regulations (I supported 12 and opposed one, related to Internet privacy, because I don’t believe Internet companies should be allowed to sell your private data).
— Nominated and confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, maintaining the conservative balance so that cases are decided on the merits of the law, not noisy activism.
Through this avalanche of action, President Trump and House Republicans have been fulfilling campaign promises at record speed, and we will continue to do so.
On immigration, illegal border crossings are at a 17-year low thanks to a tougher stance by the executive branch and finally following the laws already on the books. President Trump has put sanctuary cities on notice through his executive orders and Congress is set to increase funding for border security.
As a pro-life leader, I am grateful President Trump has made it a priority to protect life. In one of his final acts, President Obama issued regulations blocking states’ ability to shift federal Title X funding away from Planned Parenthood. Through innovative use of the Congressional Review Act, we reinstated each states’ right to shift Title X funding from Planned Parenthood to the much larger network of Community Health Clinics, which provide women with more comprehensive health care. My House Republican colleagues and I remain committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as part of our effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Through the Congressional Review Act we have also repealed several additional Obama-era regulations, saving our economy approximately $18 billion annually. By reducing unnecessary regulations we give the economy a boost and help create good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans. President Trump has also exhibited a commitment to working with the private sector to ensure jobs stay in America. For example, we have already seen President Trump strike deals with Ford and Carrier to invest in America.
This week, President Trump unveiled his tax proposal to spur economic growth. The proposal will undoubtedly set off waves of rhetoric from Washington insiders and special interest groups committed to maintaining the status quo, but don’t be fooled. They’ll be defending their lucrative slice of America’s 70,000-page tax code at your expense.
Now is the time for fairness and simplicity in the tax code. We must lower rates for large and small businesses and private citizens. Creating a healthy, growing economy requires common sense tax policy which encourages businesses to invest and create jobs, and enables hardworking taxpayers to keep more of their money and invest in their future.
President Trump has demonstrated his commitment to addressing the needs of rural Americans through the creation of a Task Force on Rural Prosperity. This Task Force will be responsible for promoting economic development, job growth, and infrastructure improvements in rural America.
One hundred days in, President Trump has demonstrated leadership and resolve in keeping his promises to the American people. The flurry of action from Washington is only beginning, as we continue our efforts to shake up Washington and make America great again.
Robert Pittenger, a Republican from Charlotte, represents the 9th District in the U.S. House, which includes all of Robeson County.