Trump’s 38 Signed Legislative Bills (Fake News Alert).
Today Trump tweeted the following tooting of his own horn.
I decided to check it out. The White House conveniently provides a list of “signed legislation” by Trump. I placed the 38 pieces of legislation, which our President so pridefully “helped pass” while “mostly” overcoming “no Democratic support,” in three categories.
1. Ceremonial and uncontroversial. Many of the acts have names like “H.R. 375 — An Act to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the “Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse” or “S. 583 — American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017” or “H.R. 534 — U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act” or “S.J.Res. 36 — Joint Resolution providing for the appointment of Roger W. Ferguson as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution” or “H.R.1362 — An Act to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic” or “S. 305 — Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.”
There are many more similar examples, but you get the idea. Any suggestion these required Trump to overcome “no Democratic support” is a lie. Most passed by acclamation on voice votes or unanimously with no dissents.
By my count 14 of the 38 fell into this category.
2. Undoing Regulations With Partisan Votes. A large number of legislation signed by Trump did nothing more than undo regulations passed by administrative agencies. They had titles like “H.J.Res. 67 — Joint Resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees” or “S.J.Res.34 — A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”
There were a good number of the undoing of regulations and most the votes were on partisan divides. For example, the one above relating reversing the FCC regulation protecting internet privacy passed the Senate 50–48 on a strict party line vote. The rule Trump is so proud of undoing required that internet provides get your affirmative “opt in” approval before sharing information about you.
I count 15 of the 38 in this category as undoing regulations. For this class, and only this class, it is fair to say that it involved overcoming “mostly no Democratic support.”
3. Other Legislation Generally Non-Controversial and Mostly With Bi-Partisan Support. This category generally involved substantive legislation supported by both parties. An example would be “S.442 — National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017” setting long term goals for NASA and providing appropriations related to them. It passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and unopposed voice vote in the House. Another example would be “H.R.72 — GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017.” It passed 99–0 in the Senate and by voice vote without dissent in the House. You get the idea.
A significant piece of legislation in this category was “H.R.244 — Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017” which kept the government from shutting down. It passed with significant bipartisan support by 79–18 in the Senate and 309–118 in the House.
The President claim he signed 38 bills “mostly with no Democratic support” is false. The majority of the legislation associated with the 38 bills he signed had significant bipartisan support with many of those passed effectively unanimously. Many of the bills were literally just naming things to honor someone or some group.
Unsurprisingly the President’s tweets are once again “fake news.”