While the media would make it seem that Trump has had no legislative accomplishments during his time as President, Trump has actually signed about 70 new bills since becoming president. Here are some more obscure laws passed by President Trump this year.
Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017
This law was actually managed to reach the media during it’s legislative attempt in 2015. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson in response to the suicide of a VA Psychologist who questioned the over-medication of the VA medical center in Tomah, Wisconsin.
The bill would require the head of executive agencies to notify the appropriate inspector general when an employee commits suicide to determine if the suicide was work-related.
The bill would also extend protections to probationary federal employees, which Kirkpatrick was.
Other provisions of the bill include making sure the Office of Special Counsel has access to all information needed to investigate retaliation claims, allowing for the removal or demotion of an agency head who retaliates against a whistle-blower, prohibiting employees from accessing other employees’ medical records and providing training to supervisors on how to respond to whistle-blowers’ complaints.
Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017
This law was actually introduced by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. It was a bill five years in the making and was actually a bi-partisan effort in including more women in diplomatic efforts around the world.
Under the bipartisan Women, Peace and Security Act, by law it would be a core priority for U.S. diplomatic, development and military personnel to include women in preventing and resolving conflicts.
The writer of that article, Allison Peters stated in the title that signing this would make feminist history. However, it doesn’t seem like modern feminists have heard the news yet.
Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act of 2017
This bill increased penalties on marketing schemes against senior citizens over the age of 55. This law came forward after Karl and the late Marlene Sibert of Cedar Rapids spent about $44,000 on nutritional supplements over 20 months for health and nutrition-related products when Marlene was hospitalized.
According to the article, the telemarketers had noted that the elderly couple suffered from dementia or “memory issues.”
Now these laws are not substantial but it does show that some things can get done in congress. Most laws passed outside the scope of the media. This includes all presidents before Trump. I’m personally a firm believer that laws should be narrower and shorter. What if someone merely introduced a law that eliminated one single tax from the Affordable Care Act? Maybe it would be small enough to fall under the radar of the Democrats and the media, allowing some non-Republicans(like Senator Collins) to sign it without the public abuse.
It’s only a thought.