Abridged, modified and simplified from www.washingtonexaminer.com
$5.5 trillion in tax cuts (biggest ever), 60% of which goes to families.
Doubled standard deduction for individuals and families.
Doubled Child Tax Credit
9 in 10 workers will see increase in paychecks due to tax cuts.
Most families now able to file taxes on single page by claiming standard deduction.
Small businesses can now deduct 20% of business income.
Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from highest in developed world.
Cut dozens of Special Interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for wealthy.
100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates.
Longest positive job-growth streak on record.
3.5 million new jobs created.
More Americans employed than ever before.
Jobless claims at lowest level in 45 years.
Job openings at all-time high, outnumber job seekers- 1st time ever.
African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9%
Hispanic unemployment hit a record low of 4.5%
Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2%
Female unemployment dropped to 3.6% in May ’18, lowest in 65 years
July youth unemployment rate of 9.2% the lowest in 52 years
Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in 19 years.
July ’18 veterans’ unemployment rate of 3% matched lowest in 17 years.
Record low unemployment rate for those with no high school diploma.
400,000 more manufacturing jobs since election.
68% received pay increase in past year.
2017 Job satisfaction at highest level in 12 years.
Median household income rose to $61,372 in ’17, a post-recession high.
Real wage compensation has grown by 1.4% over past year.
Median income- Hispanic-Americans rose 3.7%, over $50,000- 1st time ever.
Home-ownership for Hispanics at highest rate in 10 years.
Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans at lowest levels ever.
Economic Growth will exceed 3% over calendar year- 1st time in 10 years.
Retail sales increased 6.4% from July ’17-July ’18.
Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
Dow hit record highs 70 times in ’17 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.
22 deregulation actions to every 1 regulatory action during Trump’s 1st year.
Signed legislation to roll back provisions of Dodd-Frank- relief to CU’s and local banks.
Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.
Perkins CTE- 1st re-authorization since ’06- $1 billion/year- vocational & career ed.
Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.
Most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever- advance research & treatments.
Legislation expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
Changes to Medicare 340B program, already saving seniors $320 million on drugs in ’18.
FDA- new record for generic drug approvals in ’17, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
Released blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, causing major drug companies to announce freezes/reverses of price increases.
Removed Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.
Removed Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board.
USDA invested $1 billion in rural health care in ’17, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities in 41 states.
Removed Obama regulation which prohibited states from de-funding abortion facilities.
Reinstated & expanded Mexico City Policy, keeping foreign aid from supporting abortion.
New HHS division protecting rights of conscience and religious freedom.
Signed executive order to help ensure that religious orgs aren’t forced to violate religious beliefs to comply with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate.
Declared opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October ’17.
$6 billion in new funding to fight Opioid epidemic.
High-dose opioid prescriptions down 16% in ’17.
DEA conducted surge in April ’18 arresting 28 medical professions, revoking 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
Launched national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
$485 million targeted grants in FY17 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
INTERDICT Act, to better detect & seize synthetic opioids before they hit communities.
DOJ secured 1st ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team, to disrupt online illicit opioid sales.
2 Constitutionally conservative judges to Supreme Court.
Confirmed 25 U. S. Circuit Court judges.
Executive order to better prosecute those committing crimes against police officers.
Launched evaluation of grants to prioritize safety of law enforcement officers.
Established task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities
Executive order to focus more resources on dismantling transnational drug cartels.
Violent crime decreased in ’17
Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking.
Strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
Created inter-agency task force to prevent and prosecute human traffickers.
Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescued 84 children, arrested 120 traffickers.
Banned bump stock sales.
$1.6 billion for border wall construction
14-mile border wall near San Diego.
796 members of MS-13 gang arrested FY17 (228 by Border Patrol), 83% increase from FY16…criminal charges against 4,000 members of MS-13 gang.
ICE seized 980,000 lbs of narcotics in FY17 (2,370 lbs of fentanyl and 6,967 lbs of heroin).
ICE made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY17.
Authorized deployment of National Guard to secure border.
Enhanced vetting of individuals entering U.S. from countries with higher terrorism risks.
ICE rescued or identified 500 human traffic victims, 900 child exploitation victims in ’17.
ICE arrested 5,000 illegal immigrants with sexual assault offenses, 2,000 with kidnapping offenses, 1,800 with homicide offenses.
U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
Withdrew from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which caused U.S. jobs decline.
Litigated WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices.
Revised trade agreement with S Korea with provisions to increase U.S. auto exports.
$250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China
Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect U.S. steel and aluminum production
25% tariff on $50 billion of goods from China, additional 10% tariff on $200 billion.
Deal with Mexico with improvements to fairness of food and agriculture trading.
$12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.
Investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing, & intellectual property theft.
Cleared blocks to construction of Keystone XL Pipeline & Dakota Access Pipeline.
Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy exploration.
Coal exports up 60% in ’17.
Rolled back the “stream protection rule” which harmed U.S. coal industry.
Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal plan and proposed Affordable Clean Energy as replacement.
Withdrew from Paris climate agreement, which would have cost U.S. $3 trillion.
U.S. oil production highest level in history (now largest crude oil producer in world).
U.S. now net natural gas exporter- 1st time in 60 years.
Reformed National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefiting American manufacturers.
Rescinded hydraulic fracturing rule, which was costing the industry $32 million/year.
Proposed expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy.
Cancelled Iran nuclear deal, re-imposed sanctions, causing Iran’s crude exports to decline, currency to plummet, and international companies to pull out.
Historic summit with Kim Jong-Un, causing N Korea to halt nuclear & missile tests.
Negotiated return of remains of U.S. soldiers (missing-in-action, Korean War)
Caused NATO allies to increase defense spending towards agreed-upon levels.
Moved U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Maduro and his inner circle.
Sanctions on Syria’s chemical weapons program.
Military strike, April ’17 on Syrian airfield used for chemical weapons attack on civilians.
Joined allies in airstrikes in April ’18 against targets of Syria’s chemical weapons.
New Cuba policy enhancing compliance on political oppression/human rights abuses.
13 U.S. hostages freed from captivity in various parts of world.
Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from U.S.
Closed Russian consulate in Seattle.
Sanctions on 5 Russian entities and 3 individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
Sanctions on 7 Russian oligarchs/12 companies involved with destabilizing actions.
Sanctioned 100 targets (Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in E Ukraine).
Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
Changed rules of engagement, empowering commanders to actively fight ISIS.
ISIS has lost all its territory (lost more than 50% of its territory under Trump 1st 2 years).
ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, liberated in October ’17.
1.4 trillion Military Funding for FY18-19.
Largest military pay raise in 10 years.
Ordered Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date.
Released America’s 1st fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
New strategy on bio-defense.
Executive order to keep detention facilities at Naval site Guantanamo Bay open.
New Space Force branch of military and relaunched the National Space Council.
Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy.
Signed VA Accountability Act
Expanded VA services, walk-in-clinics, same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
Delivered 81,000 appeals decisions to veterans in a single year (most ever).
Legislation providing $86 billion to Department of Veterans Affairs (largest ever.)
Strengthened VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
Enabled VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
VA Choice & Quality Employment Act- $2 billion for Veterans Choice Program.
New online Veterans Access and Quality Tool- access to wait time & quality of care data.
Legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
H.W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act- educational benefits to veterans, service members, and family.
Lifted 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans
VA employees being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.