President Donald Trump is making good on his “First 100 Days” action plan by signing eight executive orders within his first two weeks as president.
The first executive order went into effect on Jan. 20. It begins by explaining that the President intends to repeal Obamacare, but until that is approved, the Executive Branch may do what is in its power within the law to “minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the act.” Also included is how the States should prepare themselves to offer “a more free and open healthcare market.”
The second executive order was signed on Jan. 24. This order intends to “streamline and expedite,” within the law, the process behind approving “infrastructure projects” that are a “high priority for the Nation.” The order gives examples of projects such as improving the country’s power grid, communication systems, roadways and United States ports.
Executive orders three, four and five all deal with immigration in some form. Order three, signed Jan. 25, instructs all executive agencies to use “all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”
Executive order four, signed the same day, instructs all agencies to use, within the law, any means to “secure the Nation’s southern border.” Agencies are also assigned to stop immigrants from coming into the United States and to return immigrants to their country.
Executive order five, signed Jan. 27, imposes a 120-day suspension on visas and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. This order also caps the number of refugees at 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year.
The sixth executive order, signed Jan. 28, requires all employees of an executive agency to sign an “Ethics Pledge.” This pledge lengthens the ban of agency employees from becoming lobbyists to five years. It also bans White House employees from lobbying for a foreign government.
Executive order seven, signed Jan. 30, declares that for every one new regulation created, two previous regulations must be abolished.
The eighth executive order, signed Feb. 3, implements “Core Principles” of the United States Financial System. The Secretary of the Treasury is to report back to the President after 120 days of reviewing the current “laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and recordkeeping requirements”. This review is to decide whether the current United States Financial System “promotes the Core Principles.”