Legislators on Capitol Hill were able to reach a bipartisan agreement to avoid a full government shutdown and keep the lights on in D.C. until September.
Highlights from the bill include $12.5 billion in new military spending and another $1.5 billion for border security. Equally as notable is what’s not in the bill, namely funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The President also made news over the weekend for pushing for a House vote this week on a revised plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as well as his call to the controversial Filipino president, Rodrigo Duterte, inviting him to the White House.
Also, President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office on Saturday, a presidential benchmark the significance of which has been debated ad-infinitum in recent weeks. He’s given interviews touting what he says are historic accomplishments for the start of an administration. But he also revealed the job is far tougher than he anticipated.
In Trump’s win column is the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. There’s also been a dramatic decline in illegal immigration since Trump’s win, even without a wall, beefed up Border Patrol, or huge increase in deportations. But other promised moves on immigration have been countered by federal judges. His travel moratorium and sanctuary cities defunding both shot down.The Affordable Care Act is still in place, with no Republican proposal reaching critical mass. The Administrative State he promised to slash, continues in DC.
What can we learn from the President’s first hundred days about what to expect for the remainder of his term?
Charles Kesler, Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books
Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies