President Trump signed more than 100 bills into law in his first year
Here's a look at when those bills were signed into law and what they do
In his first year in office, President Donald Trump signed 117 bills into law, but few represented major legislative achievements.
The passage of a massive Republican tax overhaul law stands as the crowning victory of the Trump agenda’s first year. However, the majority of laws were symbolic, expanded upon existing legislation, or aimed at dismantling former President Barack Obama’s legislative legacy. Many passed through the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to roll back regulations imposed by the executive branch.
Here’s a look at when those bills were signed into law and what they actually do, according to Congress.gov and CNN reporting.
New policy legislation
October 18, 2017: S.178 - Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act
This bipartisan law “establishes requirements for the Department of Justice (DOJ) with respect to investigating and prosecuting elder abuse crimes and enforcing elder abuse laws.” These requirements include the creation of a working group and comprehensive training for FBI agents. It also enhances victim assistance and aims to improve data collection.
August 2, 2017: H.R. 3364 - Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
This legislation levies new sanctions against Russia and restricts Trump’s own ability to ease sanctions in place against Moscow. The bill passed overwhelmingly in Congress. In a statement, Trump called the legislation “seriously flawed.”
June 23, 2017: S. 1094 - “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017”
This law gives the agency’s leaders the ability to fire inept employees and protect those who uncover and report wrongdoing at the VA. Its signing represents the completion of one of Trump’s campaign promises. It passed both bodies of Congress with broad bipartisan support.
Legislation that amends or expands upon existing laws
January 12, 2018: H.R.2611 - Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act
This law modifies the boundaries of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.
January 12, 2018: H.R.518 - EPS Improvement Act of 2017
This law exempts certain power supplies from energy conservation standards.
January 10,2018: H.R.863 - To facilitate the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park, and for other purposes.
This law amends current provisions related to the Coltsville National Historic Park.
January 10, 2018: H.R.699 - Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act
This law modifies existing provisions “relating to certain land exchanges in the Mt. Hood Wilderness in the State of Oregon.”
January 8, 2018: H.R.1306 - Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act
“This bill requires that 17,519 acres of land be held in trust for, and be part of the reservation of, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.”
January 8, 2018: H.R.560 - To amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and for other purposes.
January 8, 2018: S.1766 - SAFER Act of 2017
This law aims to continues to reduce the rape kit backlog and makes technical changes to the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2004.
January 8, 2018: S.1532 - No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act
This law permanently disqualifies those who have committed a felony involving human trafficking from operating a commercial motor vehicle.
January 8, 2018: S.1393 - Jobs for Our Heroes Act
This law makes it easier for veterans to apply for commercial drivers licenses.
January 3, 2018: H.R.4661 - United States Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017
This reauthorizes and expands certain grant programs for firefighters.
January 3, 2018: S.2273 - A bill to extend the period during which vessels that are shorter than 79 feet in length and fishing vessels are not required to have a permit for discharges incidental to the normal operation of the vessel
This law “extends from December 18, 2017, to January 19, 2018, the moratorium on the requirement for Clean Water Act permitting of incidental discharges from certain vessels,” according to a White House statement.
January 3, 2018: S.1536 - Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act
This law designates a “human trafficking prevention coordinator” and expands “the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention activities.”
December 22, 2017: H.R.1370 - An Act to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, and for other purposes.
This law establishes a unified, anti-human trafficking campaign known as the Blue Campaign within the Department of Homeland Security.
December 22, 2017: H.R. 1- An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018
Better known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, this law brings the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than 30 years. The plan – which critics say is heavily weighted to ease the tax burden on businesses rather than the middle class – drops the corporate tax rate down from 35% to 21%, repeals the corporate alternative minimum tax, nearly doubles the standard deduction for individuals and restructures the way pass-through businesses are taxed. The bill keeps seven personal income tax brackets and lowers that tax rates for most brackets, including dropping the top rate to 37% from 39.6%.
December 18, 2017: H.R.228 - Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017
“This bill amends the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 to rename the Act to the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Act of 1992 and to revise the program that provides for the integration of employment, training, and related services programs for Indian tribes.”
December 12, 2017: H.R.4374 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize additional emergency uses for medical products to reduce deaths and severity of injuries caused by agents of war, and for other purposes.
This law “amends statutory authority for use of unapproved medical products during a military emergency, to expedite development and review of medical products for military emergency use, and to improve cross-government coordination on development and review of such medical products,” according to a White House release.
November 21, 2017: H.R.3949 - VALOR Act
This law expands access to apprenticeship programs for veterans.
November 21, 2017: H.R.3243 - FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017
This law expands expiring provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act, which made changes to the way federal agencies made information technology decisions.
November 21, 2017: H.R.1545 - VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017
This law authorizes the VA to disclose certain patient information to substance monitoring programs.
November 21, 2017: H.R.194 - Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017
“This bill amends the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 to require the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide guidance and assistance to federal agencies for effective mail processing.”
November 17, 2017: H.R.3031 - TSP Modernization Act of 2017
“This bill modifies the rules relating to withdrawals from the Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) accounts of former federal employees and Members of Congress.”
November 17, 2017: H.R.304 - Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017
This law authorizes the Department of Justice to register EMS agencies so they will be allowed to administer controlled substances to those in emergency situations.
November 2, 2017: H.R.1616 - Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017
This law amends existing legislation in order to create a National Computer Forensics Institute within US Secret Service. The institute will be tasked with “educating … officers, prosecutors, and judges on current cyber and electronic crimes and related threats” among other duties. It also amends a separate piece of existing legislation, “authorizing the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to enter into a cooperative agreement or make a grant for training and technical assistance to help law enforcement officers, investigators, auditors, and prosecutors identify, investigate, and prosecute white collar crime.”
November 2, 2017: H.R.1329 - Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017
This law increases “the rates of veterans’ wartime disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children.”
November 2, 2017: S.782 - PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017
This reauthorizes the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System and the National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction through FY 2022.
November 2, 2017: S.504 - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017
This law outlines authorizes Customs and Border Patrol to issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card (ABT Card) to eligible individuals. The card “allows business travelers pre-cleared, facilitated short-term entry to participating member economies,” according to APEC.
November 2, 2017: S.190 - Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act
This law requires the Department of Energy “to issue a rule by July 1, 2021, that determines whether energy conservation standards for external power supplies should be amended.”
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