Last Friday we saluted our nation’s military veterans, the great men and women who have served our nation in uniform. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to establish a free nation. No other group of people has done more to maintain that pledge than America’s military veterans. We honor you.
Looking back on this extraordinary week in Washington:
- If ever there was evidence of an elite bubble in Washington: Until about 8:30 PM on Tuesday, November 8, almost everyone in Washington was 100% sure that Hillary Clinton would be elected president.
- During the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 9, Donald J. Trump became the president-elect (although, the Electoral College won’t officially cast their ballots until December 19 and Congress will count the votes on January 6, 2017—well before the January 20 inauguration day).
- Hillary Clinton called on her supporters to keep “an open mind” toward President-Elect Trump.
- President Obama echoed Clinton’s remarks.
- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders buried the hatchet with the president-elect.
- The U.S. stock market experienced their own type of Trump rally.
- The president-elect traveled to Washington (on his own plane) to meet with President Obama and Congressional leaders and to begin the transition process.
Looking forward to the remaining days of 2016 in Washington:
- Speaker Ryan will likely survive re-election as Speaker of the House during next week’s Congressional leadership elections. Congressional leadership is expected to remain essentially unchanged.
- Congress needs to pass a temporary funding resolution to keep the government operating into the first few months of the Trump Administration.
- Congress needs to pass the National Defense Authorization act, as well as a new supplemental spending request from the Department of Defense, to pay for ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq
- Other than that, Congress should defer other action until next year’s 115th Congress. However, there is a chance they could pass the 21st Century Cures Act, and perhaps other legislation.
Looking forward to the first 100 days of the Trump Administration:
- Out of the gate, President-Elect Trump says he will work with Congress on immigration reform, border security, healthcare and jobs.
- The Trump Administration will assemble his cabinet and other political appointees, as well as nominate someone to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
- Goodbye Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.
- There’s only limited time in the first 100 days, but look for action on rolling back Obama-era actions on climate change, regulations, gun control and immigration.
Brian Williams is NCPA’s legislative director.