The Trump Policies That Earned My Vote

The mainstream media and has relentlessly attacked Trump, turning the legal system into a tool for political warfare. How do we learn the truth?

Look at Actions, Not Words!

Politicians often use persuasive language and promises, but their true intentions and effectiveness are revealed through their actions. For instance, a leader might claim support for economic growth, yet their policies might favor the wealthy over the middle class. By examining tangible outcomes—such as job creation, healthcare improvements, or crime reduction—voters can make informed decisions based on real-world impact rather than empty promises. This approach ensures accountability and combats the influence of misleading propaganda.

Below are the key events under Trump administration in 2017 to 2021 in the following topics: 

  •  National Security Initiatives
  •  Economic Growth and Development Strategies
  •  Fiscal Responsibility and Spending
  •  Protecting Life of the Unborn 
  •  Defending Traditional Family Values
  •  Fostering Stronger US-Israel Ties
  •  Enhancing Public Safety and Combating Crime
  •  Education Reform
  •  Healthcare Affordability
  •  Social Security and Medicare Policies
  •  Protecting Second Amendment Rights
  •  Environmental Stewardship 

National Security Initiatives

  • Increased Military Spending: The U.S. defense budget saw significant increases, reaching $740 billion by 2021, aimed at modernizing the military, enhancing readiness, and strengthening overall national security.
  • Border Security Enhancements: Significant expansion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and implementation of policies to end "catch and release," aimed at enhancing border security and preventing illegal entry into the U.S.
  • Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal: In May 2018, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, a move that was widely supported by the Israeli government and aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions. 
  • Defeat of ISIS Caliphate: By March 2019, the U.S.-led coalition, in partnership with local forces, successfully destroyed the territorial caliphate of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, reclaiming all territory once controlled by the terrorist group.
  • Operation Kayla Mueller: In October 2019, U.S. special operations forces conducted a raid in Syria that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
  • Killing of Qasem Soleimani: In January 2020, a U.S. drone strike ordered by President Trump killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, a significant figure in Iran's military operations in the Middle East, which was seen as a major blow to Iran's influence in the region.
  • Cybersecurity Enhancements: Strengthened efforts to combat cyber threats through increased funding for cybersecurity initiatives, enhanced coordination between federal agencies, and public awareness campaigns.
  • Space Force Establishment: The U.S. Space Force was established as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in December 2019, focusing on space operations and ensuring American dominance in space.
  • Strengthening NATO: Pressured NATO allies to increase their defense spending, resulting in a substantial rise in contributions from member countries, thereby strengthening the alliance.
  • Operation Legend: Launched in 2020, Operation Legend was a federal initiative aimed at combating violent crime in cities with high crime rates by deploying federal law enforcement officers to assist local police.

Economic Growth and Development Strategies

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: This major tax reform reduced corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, lowered individual tax rates, and aimed to stimulate investment and economic growth.
  • Deregulation: The administration rolled back numerous federal regulations across various sectors, including energy, finance, and environmental protections, to promote business growth and reduce compliance costs.
  • Record Low Unemployment: Unemployment rates reached historic lows, hitting 3.5% in late 2019, the lowest in over 50 years.
  • Job Creation: Millions of jobs were added to the economy, with significant gains in manufacturing, construction, and service industries.
  • Stock Market Growth: Major stock indices, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq, reached record highs, reflecting investor confidence and robust corporate earnings.
  • USMCA Agreement: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaced NAFTA, aiming to create a more balanced and reciprocal trade environment, supporting economic growth and job creation in North America.
  • Infrastructure Initiatives: Efforts to boost infrastructure investment, including plans to modernize roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure, though comprehensive infrastructure legislation was not fully realized.
  • Small Business Optimism: Small business confidence surged, supported by tax cuts, deregulation, and a generally favorable economic environment.
  • Energy Independence: The U.S. became a net exporter of oil and natural gas, driven by increased domestic production and reduced reliance on foreign energy sources, contributing to economic growth and energy security.
  • Trade Policies and Tariffs: Aggressive trade policies, including tariffs on Chinese goods and renegotiation of trade agreements, aimed to protect American industries and promote fair trade practices.
  • Corporate Investment: Significant corporate investment and repatriation of overseas profits were spurred by the tax reform, leading to increased capital spending and economic expansion.
  • Rising Wages: Wages grew at their fastest pace in a decade, particularly for low- and middle-income workers, driven by a tight labor market and economic growth.
  • Economic Growth: The U.S. economy experienced robust growth, with GDP expanding at an average rate of around 2.5% annually before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Support for Innovation and Technology: Initiatives to support innovation, such as investment in 5G technology, artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing, aimed to position the U.S. as a leader in cutting-edge industries.
  •  Pandemic Response and Recovery: While the COVID-19 pandemic posed significant economic challenges, stimulus measures, including the CARES Act, provided relief to individuals and businesses, supporting a rebound in economic activity.

Fiscal Responsibility and Spending

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: While primarily a tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also included provisions aimed at curbing certain types of federal spending, such as capping state and local tax deductions, which indirectly aimed to limit overall government spendin
  • Discretionary Spending Caps: The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included new discretionary spending caps for 2018 and 2019, aiming to limit the growth of federal spending in certain areas.
  • Efforts to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act: Although not fully successful, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act included various measures aimed at reducing federal healthcare expenditures.
  • Rescissions Package: In 2018, President Trump proposed a $15 billion rescissions package, which aimed to cut previously authorized but unspent federal funds. Congress approved a $1.3 billion package, marking the first significant use of rescission authority in nearly two decades.
  • Executive Orders on Spending: President Trump issued several executive orders aimed at reducing regulatory burdens and limiting spending, such as Executive Order 13771, which required that for every new regulation introduced, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
  • Reduction of Foreign Aid: The Trump administration sought to reduce foreign aid expenditures, proposing significant cuts to the State Department and USAID budgets, though Congress did not fully enact these proposed cuts.
  • Deficit Reduction Proposals: The Trump administration's budget proposals consistently included measures aimed at reducing the federal deficit through cuts to various domestic programs and discretionary spending.
  • Increased Oversight and Efficiency Initiatives: Various initiatives were launched to increase oversight and efficiency in federal spending, such as efforts to reduce improper payments and improve program integrity across federal agencies.
  • Attempts to Reform Entitlement Programs: The administration and some members of Congress proposed changes to entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid to reduce long-term federal spending, though these proposals faced significant political resistance and were not fully implemented.
  • Government Shutdowns Over Spending Disputes: There were multiple government shutdowns during this period, often over disputes related to federal spending and budget priorities, reflecting efforts to constrain spending levels.

Illegal Immigration Policies

  • Trump Created the Most Secure Border in American history.
  • Border Wall Construction: Significant expansion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, with hundreds of miles of new barriers constructed or reinforced.
  • Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement: Issued several executive orders aimed at enhancing immigration enforcement, including directives to increase the number of immigration officers and prioritize the removal of undocumented immigrants who committed crimes.
  • Ending "Catch and Release": Policies were implemented to end the practice of "catch and release," where detained illegal immigrants were released into the U.S. while awaiting immigration hearings.
  • Zero Tolerance Policy: In 2018, the Trump administration introduced a "zero tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings, leading to the prosecution of all adults apprehended at the border.
  • Deployment of National Guard and Military: Authorized the deployment of National Guard troops and active-duty military personnel to assist with border security operations.
  • Migrant Protection Protocols (Remain in Mexico): Implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols, requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims were processed in U.S. immigration courts.
  • Increased ICE Raids and Deportations: Intensified Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and deportations targeting undocumented immigrants and those with criminal records.
  • Enhanced Technology and Surveillance: Invested in advanced technology and surveillance systems, including drones, sensors, and cameras, to monitor and secure the border.
  • Asylum Restrictions: Implemented policies to restrict asylum claims, including barring entry to asylum seekers who passed through another country without seeking refuge there first.
  • Public Charge Rule: Expanded the public charge rule to deny green cards to immigrants who were deemed likely to rely on public assistance.
  • Safe Third Country Agreements: Negotiated agreements with Central American countries (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) to require migrants to seek asylum in those countries rather than the U.S.
  • Termination of DACA: Attempted to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, though this effort faced legal challenges and was ultimately blocked by the Supreme Court.
  • H-1B Visa Reforms: Implemented changes to the H-1B visa program to prioritize higher-skilled workers and ensure that American workers were not disadvantaged by foreign labor.

Protecting Life of the Unborn

  • Trump is the most Pro-life president in American history. 
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood: The administration supported and signed legislation allowing states to withhold federal funds from organizations that provide abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.
  • Title X Family Planning Rule: Implemented a new rule in 2019 prohibiting Title X family planning funds from going to clinics that perform, refer for, or support abortion services, effectively defunding Planned Parenthood from these federal funds .
  • Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance: Expanded the Mexico City Policy to encompass all global health assistance funding, ensuring no U.S. taxpayer dollars support international abortion services.
  • Reinstatement and Expansion of the Mexico City Policy: President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy in January 2017, which prevents U.S. foreign aid from funding international organizations that perform or promote abortions.
  • Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children: Signed in September 2020, this executive order aimed to ensure that babies born alive, including those who survive abortion attempts, receive necessary medical care.
  •  Conscience and Religious Freedom Division: Established within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January 2018 to protect healthcare providers who object to participating in abortions on moral or religious grounds.
  • Support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: The administration endorsed legislation aimed at banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the premise that unborn children can feel pain at this stage of development.
  •  Support for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: Advocated for legislation requiring medical care for babies born alive after failed abortion attempts, reinforcing protections for infants who survive abortions.
  •  Defunding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): Cut funding to the UNFPA in April 2017, citing its support for coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization programs in China.
  •  Appointment of Pro-Life Judges: Nominated and confirmed three Supreme Court justices (Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett) and numerous federal judges with strong pro-life records, significantly shifting the balance of the judiciary.

Defending Traditional Family Values

  •  Religious Freedom Executive Order: In May 2017, President Trump signed an executive order promoting religious liberty, which some critics argued allowed for discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals under the guise of religious freedom.
  •  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Policies: The HHS proposed and enacted several policies that rolled back protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, including a rule allowing healthcare providers to refuse treatment based on religious or moral objections.
  •  Judicial Appointments: Nominated and confirmed numerous federal judges with records of opposition to LGBTQ+ rights, potentially affecting future rulings on LGBTQ+ issues.
  •  Support for Religious Exemptions: The administration supported legal cases and policies that sought religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws, potentially allowing for discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.
  •  Ban on Transgender Military Service: In July 2017, President Trump announced a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, which was later implemented with certain restrictions in 2019.
  •  Title IX Guidance Rollback: In February 2017, the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era guidance that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity in public schools.
  •  Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council: In June 2018, the U.S. withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council, which had been an advocate for global LGBTQ+ rights among other human rights issues. (Biden hangs a rainbow pride flag at the Whitehouse)
  •  Refusal to Acknowledge Pride Month: The Trump administration declined to officially recognize June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a departure from the practices of previous administrations.
  •  Changes to HUD Rules: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed changes to the Equal Access Rule, which would allow shelters to deny access to transgender individuals based on the shelter's policies.
  •  Opposition to the Equality Act: The administration expressed opposition to the Equality Act, a proposed federal law that would provide comprehensive protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  •  Removal of LGBTQ+ Content from Federal Websites: Various federal agencies removed LGBTQ+ content and resources from their websites, reducing the visibility and support for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  •  Supreme Court Amicus Brief: The administration filed amicus briefs in cases before the Supreme Court, arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, the Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of LGBTQ+ protections in June 2020.

Fostering Stronger US-Israel Ties

  •  Trump is the most Pro-Israel president in American history. He is a zionist. 
  •  Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital: In December 2017, Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.
  •  U.S. Embassy Move: The U.S. Embassy was officially relocated to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.
  •  Golan Heights Recognition: In March 2019, Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.
  •  Abraham Accords: Facilitated the normalization agreements between Israel and several Arab nations, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, known as the Abraham Accords, starting in 2020.
  •  Halting U.S. Funding to UNRWA: In August 2018, the Trump administration cut U.S. funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), critiquing its operations and calling for reforms.
  •  Anti-BDS Measures: Implemented measures to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, including an executive order in December 2019 that extended protections against anti-Semitism on college campuses.
  •  Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal: In May 2018, Trump withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, a move that was widely supported by the Israeli government.
  •  Military Aid: Continued strong U.S. military aid to Israel, including a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2016, which committed $38 billion in military assistance from 2019 to 2028.
  •  Rejection of UN Security Council Resolution 2334: Took a strong stance against the December 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlement activity, and pledged to shield Israel from future such resolutions.
  •  Visa Waiver Program Efforts: Worked towards including Israel in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which would allow Israeli citizens to travel to the U.S. without a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

Education Reform

  • School Choice and Vouchers: Advocated for and expanded school choice programs, including charter schools and voucher systems, allowing parents more options for their children's education.
  • Appointment of Betsy DeVos: As Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos was a vocal supporter of school choice, charter schools, voucher programs, and homeschooling, advocating for increased educational options for families.
  • Title IX Policy Changes: Issued new guidance on Title IX, ensuring due process rights for those accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses and altering how schools handle sexual assault allegations.
  • Student Loan Forgiveness Expansion: Implemented the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program improvements and simplified the income-driven repayment plans for student loans.
  • Higher Education Act Reforms: Proposed reforms to the Higher Education Act to simplify student aid, promote accountability, and protect free speech on college campuses.
  • STEM Education Promotion: Launched initiatives to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, including funding for STEM programs and partnerships with private sector companies.
  • Protection of Religious Freedom in Schools: Issued guidance to protect religious expression in public schools, ensuring that students could pray or discuss their faith freely.
  • Protection of Parental Rights: Supported policies affirming the rights of parents to choose homeschooling as a legitimate educational option for their children.
  • Expansion of School Choice Programs: Promoted and expanded school choice initiatives, including Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), which allowed parents to use public funding for homeschooling expenses.
  • Federal Funding Flexibility: Increased flexibility in federal funding, allowing states to allocate funds to support homeschooling families under certain programs.
  • Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Support: Maintained a cooperative relationship with organizations like HSLDA, ensuring the protection and expansion of homeschooling rights at the federal level.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Response: During the pandemic, provided resources and guidance for families transitioning to homeschooling due to school closures, including support for remote learning technologies.
  • Education Freedom Scholarships: Proposed the Education Freedom Scholarships program, aiming to provide tax credits for donations to scholarship funds, potentially benefiting homeschooling families.

Healthcare Costs Policies

  •  Prescription Drug Price Reductions: Implemented policies aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, including promoting generic drug competition and international price indexing to benchmark U.S. prices against lower prices in other countries
  •  Right to Try Act: Signed into law in 2018, this act allows terminally ill patients to access experimental treatments that have passed Phase I of FDA approval but are not yet fully approved, potentially lowering costs for patients seeking advanced therapies
  •  Increased Price Transparency: Issued executive orders requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose pricing information, enabling patients to shop for lower-cost healthcare services and procedures.
  •  Expanding Telehealth Services: Expanded access to telehealth services, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, which helped reduce costs for routine consultations and follow-ups by allowing patients to receive care remotely.
  •  Medicare Advantage Premium Reductions: Encouraged competition and efficiency in Medicare Advantage plans, leading to lower premiums for enrollees and expanding plan choices .
  •  Drug Importation Policies: Proposed and implemented pathways for states to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, aiming to reduce medication costs for American consumers.
  •  Changes to 340B Drug Pricing Program: Implemented reforms to the 340B Drug Pricing Program to increase accountability and ensure that savings are passed on to patients, reducing drug costs for low-income individuals.
  •  Expansion of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs): Promoted the use of HSAs by increasing contribution limits and allowing for more flexibility in how funds can be used, helping consumers save on healthcare expenses with tax-advantaged accounts. 
  •  Association Health Plans (AHPs): Enabled the creation of AHPs, which allowed small businesses to band together to purchase insurance at lower rates, increasing access to affordable coverage options.
  •  Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance Plans: Expanded access to short-term insurance plans, providing a lower-cost alternative to traditional health insurance for individuals between coverage.

Enhancing Public Safety and Combating Crime

  • Back the Blue Initiatives: Publicly and consistently supported law enforcement officers through various initiatives and public statements, reinforcing the administration’s commitment to law and order.
  • Increased Funding for Law Enforcement: Secured additional funding for state and local law enforcement agencies to enhance their capabilities, including the hiring of more officers, purchasing new equipment, and providing advanced training.
  • Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN): Revitalized and expanded the PSN program, which focuses on reducing violent crime through partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Operation Legend: Launched in 2020, this federal initiative aimed at combating violent crime in cities with high crime rates by deploying federal law enforcement officers to assist local police.
  • Combating Human Trafficking: Strengthened efforts to combat human trafficking through increased funding, enhanced victim support services, and tougher penalties for traffickers.
  • Support for Community Policing: Promoted community policing efforts to build trust between law enforcement and communities, aiming to improve public safety and reduce crime rates through collaborative approaches.
  • Executive Orders Supporting Law Enforcement: Issued several executive orders to protect police officers and enhance their ability to enforce the law, including orders to provide better access to mental health resources for officers.
  • Violence Against Law Enforcement: Enacted policies to increase penalties for violence against law enforcement officers, ensuring that attacks on police are met with strict legal consequences.
  • Enhanced Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement: Provided federal support for local law enforcement through grants and resources aimed at improving policing strategies and reducing crime.
  • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Passed in 2018, this act aimed to improve mental health services for law enforcement officers, recognizing the unique stresses and challenges they face.
  • Criminal Justice Reform (First Step Act): Enacted in December 2018, the First Step Act aimed to reform the criminal justice system, including reducing mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent offenses, improving prison conditions, and providing better rehabilitation programs for inmates.
  • Opioid Crisis Response: Implemented initiatives to combat the opioid crisis, including increased funding for addiction treatment programs, stricter regulations on prescription opioids, and support for law enforcement efforts to combat drug trafficking.
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization: Supported the reauthorization of VAWA, providing continued funding and support for programs aimed at preventing and addressing domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Gang Violence Prevention: Increased funding and resources for programs targeting gang violence, including intervention and prevention strategies aimed at at-risk youth.
  • Enhanced Cybersecurity Measures: Strengthened efforts to combat cybercrime through increased funding for cybersecurity initiatives, enhanced coordination between federal agencies, and public awareness campaigns.

Social Security and Medicare Policies

  •  Medicare Advantage Plan Enhancements: Encouraged competition and efficiency in Medicare Advantage plans, leading to lower premiums and expanded plan choices for enrollees.
  •  Prescription Drug Price Reduction: Implemented policies aimed at reducing prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients, including promoting generic drug competition and allowing states to import lower-cost drugs from Canada.
  •  Medicare Telehealth Expansion: Expanded access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing seniors to receive care remotely and safely.
  •  Opioid Crisis Response: Increased funding for opioid addiction treatment programs and support services for seniors affected by the opioid crisis, ensuring better access to necessary medical care.
  •  Protecting Social Security: Maintained the commitment to protecting Social Security benefits, opposing any cuts to the program and ensuring its continued solvency.
  •  Chronic Care Management: Enhanced chronic care management services under Medicare to provide better support for seniors with multiple chronic conditions, improving their quality of life and reducing healthcare costs.
  •  Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs: Implemented measures to lower out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries, including capping insulin costs and reducing the cost of certain medications.
  •  Medicare Open Enrollment Outreach: Increased outreach and education efforts during Medicare Open Enrollment periods to help beneficiaries better understand their options and choose the most cost-effective plans.
  •  Support for Long-Term Care: Advocated for policies to support long-term care services for seniors, including funding for home and community-based services to allow them to age in place.
  •  Addressing Healthcare Fraud: Strengthened efforts to combat healthcare fraud within Medicare, ensuring that funds are used efficiently and that beneficiaries are protected from fraudulent activities .

Second Amendment Rights Policies

  •  Supreme Court Appointments: Nominated and confirmed three Supreme Court Justices (Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett), who have strong records of supporting Second Amendment rights.
  •  Advocacy for National Reciprocity: Supported the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which aimed to allow individuals with concealed carry permits to legally carry firearms across state lines.
  •  Opposition to Gun Control Legislation: Consistently opposed new federal gun control measures, advocating instead for enforcement of existing laws and protection of gun owners' rights.
  •  Enhanced Background Checks: Supported efforts to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) through the Fix NICS Act, ensuring that states and federal agencies improve reporting to the system without expanding gun control laws
  •  Executive Actions: Issued executive orders to protect the rights of gun owners, including orders that directed federal agencies to respect and enforce existing Second Amendment protections.
  •  Protection of Gun Manufacturers: Supported legislation and policies that shield firearm manufacturers from liability for crimes committed with their products, reaffirming protections under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).
  •  Public Statements and Advocacy: Made numerous public statements affirming support for the Second Amendment and the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, reinforcing a strong pro-gun rights stance.
  •  Regulatory Rollbacks: Rolled back Obama-era regulations that were perceived as infringing on gun rights, including restrictions on certain types of firearms and ammunition.
  •  Support for Armed Teachers: Advocated for policies that would allow trained teachers and school staff to carry firearms to protect students in response to school shootings.
  •  Partnership with Gun Rights Organizations: Maintained strong partnerships with gun rights advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), receiving endorsements and support for Second Amendment policies 
  •  Recognition of Homeschooling Success: Public statements and policies acknowledging the success and legitimacy of homeschooling as an educational path, promoting a positive view of homeschooling in public discourse.
  •  Improved Access to Educational Resources: Encouraged states and localities to make public school resources, such as extracurricular activities and standardized testing, more accessible to homeschoolers.
  •  Research and Data Collection: Supported efforts to collect and analyze data on homeschooling to better understand its impact and improve policies supporting homeschool families.
  •  These combined actions reflect a comprehensive 
  •  Support for Career and Technical Education: Signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, reauthorizing funding and support for vocational training programs
  •  Restoration of Local Control: Reduced federal oversight and returned more control to states and local governments in education policy decisions.
  •  Emergency COVID-19 Education Relief: Provided substantial funding and resources for schools to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, including support for remote learning and safety measures for in-person instruction.

Environmental Stewardship

  •  Great American Outdoors Act: Signed into law in August 2020, this act provided permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addressed the maintenance backlog in national parks, ensuring the preservation of public lands and natural resources.
  •  Derecho Response and Wildfire Management: Increased funding and support for managing wildfires and responding to natural disasters, including the Derecho storm in the Midwest and significant wildfires in the western states.
  •  Promotion of Clean Water Initiatives: Implemented policies to improve water infrastructure and quality, including the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to support water projects that enhance drinking water safety and wastewater management.
  •  Ocean Plastics Reduction: Launched initiatives to reduce ocean plastics and marine debris, partnering with international organizations and promoting efforts to clean up oceans and waterways.
  •  Improving Air Quality Standards: Enforced regulations to reduce air pollution from industrial sources and vehicles, leading to improvements in air quality and reductions in harmful emissions.
  •  Increased Funding for National Parks: Allocated additional resources to national parks for conservation and maintenance efforts, ensuring the protection and preservation of natural landscapes and wildlife habitats.
  •  Species Protection and Conservation: Supported measures to protect endangered species and their habitats, including the implementation of recovery plans for threatened wildlife.
  •  Forest Management Practices: Enhanced forest management practices to reduce the risk of wildfires and promote forest health through controlled burns and better land management policies.
  •  Environmental Cleanup Programs: Increased funding for the cleanup of contaminated sites under the Superfund program, addressing pollution and promoting the redevelopment of previously unusable land.
  •  Advancing Renewable Energy: Promoted the development and use of renewable energy sources, including wind and solar power, through federal incentives and support for clean energy projects.

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