President Trump Issues Five Executive Orders

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
President Trump wasted no time and issued five executive orders within the first three days of his presidency. All of the executive orders fulfilled promises he made on the campaign trail.

Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal (January 20, 2017)
“It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the "Act").  In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies- Regulatory Freeze (January 20, 2017)
Common directive for a new Administration to freeze all regulatory action and implementation of any published rule for 60 days. This allows the new Administration to review any pending regulation and final rulemakings that the former Administration had directed their agencies to undertake.

Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy (January 23, 2017)
The Mexico City Policy has been revoked and reinstated by every Presidential Administration, given its subject matter. President Trump has revoked the policy and directed “the Secretary of State to take all necessary actions, to the extent permitted by law, to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars do not fund organizations or programs that support or participate in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement (January 23, 2017)
Fulfilling a significant campaign promise, President Trump officially withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacifica Partnership Agreement.

Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze (January 23, 2017)
The President froze federal hiring stating, “no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances.”

The freeze does not impact military personnel. Unclear how the order impacts other public safety positions.

Katie Vlietstra is NASE’s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs.


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