Congress has been virtually locked down since the Trump Administration began in January. Nothing of significance has passed both houses of Congress and been signed into law. Neither does it appear that things will change any time soon. The Trump Administration has shown that it doesn’t have the ability to govern. All of the missteps by President Trump and those very close to him have made Congress’ job very difficult. There is a great deal of frustration today over the state of affairs in our nation’s capitol and that frustration is definitely justified.
From the very beginning, the Trump Administration has taken an “anti-regulation” stance, which is totally against the interests of all Americans. A prime example was the executive order signed by the president on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new regulation passed. Many of Trump’s cabinet appointees have promised to strip away protections in place that have benefited both consumers and businesses.
The administration also is using federal preemption as a tool in a blantent attempt to destroy the courts and to take power away from state governments. As the Hightower Lowdown reports, on the chopping block are rules and regulations meant to “ensure workplace safety, provide consumer protection, establish sanctuary cities, expand voting rights, pre-empt air and water pollution, reduce gun violence, maintain public oversight of for-profit charter schools, improve children’s health, and mitigate climate change.” Thus far, it’s quite clear that there is an agenda that is very much against ordinary citizens.
The president, as well as his appointees in critically important positions, appear determined to destroy the environment. To deny global warming and claiming it to be a hoax with all of the scientific evidence telling us that it is real is very troubling. Our nation should be taking the lead in controlling carbon emissions. Instead, we are now doing exactly the opposite. Hopefully, the president will do an about face and face reality. He has a responsibility to do so. A failure in that area of concern will put this and future generations at great risk from a health and safety perspective.
One of the major issues facing the new administration involves health care. Donald Trump pledged that as president he would support the Republican agenda to do away with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (otherwise known as “Obamacare”) and replace it with a new plan that he promised would offer “cheaper, better” health care that still assured broad coverage for all.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) (now known as “Trumpcare”) was first presented by House Republicans on March 6, 2017, as a budget reconciliation bill. By tying it to the federal budget, the bill couldn’t be filibustered, and it could be passed by a simple majority. Trumpcare aims to repeal parts of the ACA that are tied to the federal budget, such as the “individual mandates” that require every person to have insurance or pay a fine. The House of Representatives passed Trumpcare on May 4 in a very close vote. It now appears the Senate will write its own version of the bill instead of passing the current House bill. Therefore, it’s back to the drawing board for Trumpcare.
The federal budget also contains some surprising cuts and most disturbing cuts. They include drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – all programs Trump pledged to preserve while on the campaign trail. Specifically, the proposed budget targets Social Security Disability Insurance and possibly Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income. The budget also includes $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would eliminate coverage for 23 million people by 2026. The budget proposes to repeal a tax on high-income Americans that funds the Medicare part A trust fund. That is a gift to the super rich and is an anti-American as it gets.
Meanwhile, the entire governmental process is hamstringed by the ongoing investigations into an ever-growing list of claims that the Administration has been illegally influenced by Russia. The growing scandal includes claims that President Trump divulged top-secret information to visiting Russian officials. If true, this is a most serious charge against a sitting president of the United States. The Justice Department has appointed a special counsel, former FBI head Robert Mueller, to conduct an independent investigation into charges of corruption.
Is it possible, at this point, to get past both partisan politics and the increasing clouds of concern for the ethical conduct of government to make progress on the real issues that really affect Americans? While it appears doubtful, miracles can happen – so pray for a major miracle.
Sources: The Washington Post, Public Citizen, The Hightower Lowdown and The New York Times
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