Cheat Sheet Q&A: About the laws passed during the President's first 100 days:
Today's entry: Brian, I appreciate your "tracking Trump" series that just tells it like it is with what Trump's doing daily but I have a question/request. President Trump said he's signed dozens of laws but I've not heard you talk about those. How many laws have been signed already, why aren't we hearing about them? Also can you include those in your daily tracking?
Bottom Line: Here goes... 28 laws, good question and yes. I think that directly addresses your three part question. It's true that President Trump has signed more laws than any President in his first 100 days since Truman (who signed 55 laws over his first 100 days in office). President Obama signed 14 laws over his first 100 days by comparison. Counting the laws President Trump has signed, he has engaged in 78 executive actions so far. But quality not quantity matters most. So let's look a bit further into these laws...
I've long indicated that the most pervasive form of media bias is omitting information. The absence of reporting on the 28 laws signed by the President have the potential to have the one - two effect of making it seem that the President, nor Congress, are really doing much of anything. That being said in ideal political times, if we have good policy already in place, I'd rather have no new legislative action. This is why I bristle at the terminology of Congressmen being refereed to as "lawmakers".
As for the laws signed by President Trump...the range of laws passed under the Trump administration have been numerous and wide ranging (ranging from the Smithsonian to reforming the VA), most are actually my favorite kind of laws...The ones that peel back and reduce the heavy hand of the federal government. By my count 13 of the 28 laws that have been signed roll back regulation. Most Obama-era regs.
I personally don't view success or failure based on the volume laws being passed which is mainly why I haven't applied much attention to them up to now. I realize the validity of your point however - if I don't report of the laws being passed - who will? Going forward I'll include coverage of the laws being passed in the daily tracking story. For today here's a link to every law signed: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/signed-legislation?field_legislation_status_value=0&page=1
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