Monday,March 6, 2017 might go down as one of the most important days of the Donald Trump administration. Trump and the Republican party unveiled a pair of legislative agendas crucial to Trump’s campaign promises and his young administration. Trump personally issued executive order 13780—reinstating his travel ban with some slight modifications. Then, GOP lawmakers unveiled their official plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.
Trump’s revised travel ban includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—all the original countries from his January ban besides Iraq. Trump’s ban also put a stop to the US refugee program for 120 days. The bill had a complicated unveiling as chaos was spurred through US many airports and protest raged through major US cities. Trump’s order was challenged in the courts and ultimately struck down by the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Following the decision Trump announced he would replace the ban with a new executive order shortly. On Monday, Trump issued that order: Executive Order 13780. The order is not immediate and will go into effect on March 16, 2017.
Trump’s new Executive Order is eerily similar to his late January flop with the only main difference coming in the exclusion of Iraq from the ban. Trump’s new ban will likely face renewed protests and court challenges. The first ban was not really in place long enough to see how it might affect international relations going forward, but if the new ban stays it certainly will change America’s outlook and relations globally.
The 2nd big announcement of Monday was the GOP’s revelation of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Long a campaign promise of GOP candidates from congress to the Presidency, the GOP finally announced legislative proposals to enact their campaign promises. The American Health Care Act plans to implement refundable tax credits based on income and age. The bill will also reduce Medicaid and give huge tax breaks to corporations and wealthy Americans. While the American Health Care Act will certainly be tweaked many times it seems destined to become the signature domestic legislation of the Trump administration. While Trump has previously said since taking office that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated” and that a full repeal and replace may drag into 2018. It appears, however, GOP officials have righted the ship and will be giving Trump the new legislation he covets sooner rather than later. The GOP has a 52 to 48 majority in the Senate and a larger lead in the House likely giving the Republicans the ability to push through the legislation similar to the Health Care actions taken by Democrats during the opening of President Obama’s administration.
Overall, Monday was an important day for Trump’s young Presidency. Both his Executive Order on travel and the Republican’s health care bill are crucial campaign promises finally being executed into real policy and legislation.