Trump’s First 50 Days: Will his Secretaries implement his policies?

Much of the President’s agenda needs to be implemented with support from the 15 executive departments.

From building a border wall to boosting shale gas production, support from Secretaries such as John Kelly (DHS) and Rick Perry (Energy) is crucial.

So how strategically aligned are the Secretaries with the President?

To find out, we analyzed the actions and statements of each cabinet level Secretary and their department. We then compared them to Trump’s stance on these issues to calculate each department’s Trump Alignment Score (+100% = in full agreement with Trump).

Highlights

  • 5 secretaries disagree with President Trump on at least one topic;
  • 9 departments face conflicting policy positions from President Trump on at least one issue, such as whether he truly wants a border tax;
  • 4 departments earned top marks of +100%, including DeVos, Carson, Zinke, and the leaderless USDA.
  • Tillerson (State), Kelly (DHS) and Sessions (Justice) all oppose a muslim registry, while supporting extreme vetting and the travel ban;
  • Ross (Commerce) and Perry (Energy) both voiced support for scientific research in their departments, but will be implementing major budget reductions to scientific programs;
  • When prompted, all secretaries acknowledged climate change is real
  • The USDA and DOL are still missing secretaries as of March 10th. They are not disrupting President Trump’s agenda in the meantime.

 


How we diagnosed strategic alignment

  1. We first pooled each secretary and their department’s policy statements from interviews, senate hearings and press releases / conferences.
  2. We then compared them to interviews, press releases/conferences, and of course, tweets, by the President or the White House from January 20th to March. 10th (we don’t consider anything said during the campaign as credible).
  3. The score is calculated by adding (+) the number of actions/statements in line with Trump’s view, subtracting (-) the number of issues opposed to Trump, ignoring issues where Trump’s stance is debatable, and finally dividing everything by the total number of issues analyzed.

Trump Alignment Score runs from -100% to 100%: If someone is opposed to Trump on all issues, they get a score of -100%; If someone supports Trump on all issues, they get a score of +100%.

[Note: On issues where Trump has not taken a stance, the calculation assumes he’s in support of it — this is a deviation from our Strategic Alignment Score calculation for businesses where activities unrelated to top management priorities are considered distractions. The reason we made this tweak is because we don’t believe the White House has enough time to publicly support every activity the departments carries out, but will likely publicly oppose it should it out of line.]


Alignment in detail…

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Department of State

Trump Alignment Score: +69%

[✓] In agreement on…

Senkaku islands as Japanese territory

Tillerson: Tillerson said China’s efforts to lay claim to the Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands were “illegal actions… The island building in the South China Sea itself in many respects in my view is akin to Russia’s taking of Crimea,” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Trump: The two leaders affirmed that Article V of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands. They oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands. –Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb.10th 2017

Improving relations with Russia

Tillerson: “As I made clear in my Senate confirmation hearing,” Tillerson said, “the United States will consider working with Russia when we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people.” –on camera statement after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Bonn, Germany on Feb16th 2017

Trump: “ And, by the way, it would be great if we could get along with Russia, just so you understand that. Now, tomorrow you’ll say, Donald Trump wants to get along with Russia, this is terrible. It’s not terrible — it’s good.” –Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference on Feb.16th 2017

Trump: The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair. Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern. –Readout of the President’s Call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Jan.28 2017

Iran as threat to peace and supportive of terrorism

Dept. of State / Treasury: “Let me say that Iran’s continued ballistic missile development and support for terrorism are very provocative and undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout the region. These designations today are our response to Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program, including its ballistic missile test on January 29th, as well as its continued support for terrorism.” –Announcement on Feb. 3rd 2017

Trump: “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy — yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!” –Twitter Feb. 7th 2017

Trump: Iran has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984 and continues to support various terrorist groups, including Hizballah, Hamas, and terrorist groups in Iraq. Iran has also been linked to support for al-Qa’ida and has permitted al-Qa’ida to transport funds and fighters through Iran to Syria and South Asia. Iran does not cooperate with the United States in counterterrorism efforts. –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

Trump: “[Iran] are the number one terrorist state, they’re sending money all over the place and weapons, and can’t do that.” –Interview on Feb. 7th 2017

Improving visa program vetting

Tillerson: “As threats to our security continue to evolve and change, common sense dictates that we continually re-evaluate and re-assess the systems we rely upon to protect our country. While no system can be made completely infallible, the American people can have high confidence we are identifying ways to improve the vetting process and thus keep terrorists from entering our country.” –Remarks on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today on Mar. 6th 2017

Trump: This program shall include the development of a uniform baseline for screening and vetting standards and procedures, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that applicants are who they claim to be; a mechanism to assess whether applicants may commit, aid, or support any kind of violent, criminal, or terrorist acts after entering the United States; and any other appropriate means for ensuring the proper collection of all information necessary for a rigorous evaluation of all grounds of inadmissibility or grounds for the denial of other immigration benefits. –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

[ X ] At odds on…

Support for TPP

Tillerson: “I do not oppose TPP,”Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Trump: “… I hereby direct you to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)…” –Presidential Memorandum on Jan.23rd 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Wanting a good relationship with Mexico

Tillerson: “Mexico is a long-standing friend and neighbor of this country.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Trump: “With Mexico, we have $70 billion in deficits, trade deficits, and it’s unsustainable. We’re not going to let it happen. Can’t let it happen. We’re going to have a good relationship with Mexico, I hope. And if we don’t, we don’t. But we can’t let that happen — $70 billion in trade deficits. And that doesn’t include the drugs that pour across the border, like water. So we can’t let that happen.” –Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs on Feb.23rd 2017

Travel / immigration ban on muslims

(Depends if you view the travel ban as a muslim ban.)

Tillerson: “not support a blanket-type rejection of any particular group of people,” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Tillerson: “Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It is the President’s solemn duty to protect the American people. And with this order, President Trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe.” –Remarks on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today on Mar. 6th 2017

Trump: Temporary Suspension of Entry for Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern During Review Period. (i.e. Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen) –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

[…] Trump has issued no public opinion since inauguration on…

Climate change is real

Tillerson: “…the risk of climate change does exist, and the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken.” –Senate Confirmation hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Trump (pre-inauguration): “I think there’s a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I’m not a great believer. There is certainly a change in weather that goes — if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don’t know if they have global warming.” –Interview

Russian hacking the DNC

Tillerson: “fair assumption” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Trump: “I think it was Russia.” –Press Conference on Jan. 11th 2016

Muslim registry

Tillerson: “I do not support targeting any particular group,” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Japan / Korea acquiring nuclear weapons

Tillerson: “Senator, I think if confirmed, it is a vital, one of the vital roles for the State Department to play … has to be the pursuit of nuclear nonproliferation… We just simply cannot back away from our commitment to see a reduction in the number of these weapons on the planet.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.11th 2017

Partnering with Central American states to fight illegal immigration

Dept. of State: “We are deepening our cooperation to ensure fewer migrants embark on the tremendously dangerous journey from Central America to the United States. The U.S. Government is committed to working with Mexico and all of our other partners in the region to address the underlying issues driving illegal migration from Central America. What drives it is lack of economic opportunity, dangerous living conditions.” –Statements to press on Feb. 23rd 2017

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Department of Homeland Security

Trump Alignment Score: +59%

[✓] In agreement on…

Constructing a border wall

*Bonus point for changing opinion since senate hearing and now fully backing wall as a quickly achievable and effective defense.

Kelly: “A physical barrier in and of itself will not do the job. It has to be a layered defense… wall can’t be, or won’t be, built anytime soon, in terms of the immensity of the project.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Kelly: “The wall will be built where it’s needed first, and then it will be filled in. That’s the way I look at it,” Kelly said in the interview. “I really hope to have it done within the next two years.” He added he thought funding from Congress for the massive project would come “relatively quickly.” –Interview with Fox News on Feb. 2nd 2017

Kelly: “I would argue the fact they (drug cartels) are spending huge amounts of money to tunnel underneath the wall tells you they can’t get through it… That tells me the barrier, and the people who patrol it, are very effective today.” –Press Briefing on Feb. 10th 2017

Trump: secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism; –Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements on Jan. 25th 2017

Proactive deportation of illegal immigrants

Kelly: “Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of targeted enforcement operations across the country. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges… I commend the heroic efforts of the dedicated officers of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations and those who provided assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies.” –Statement From Secretary Kelly On Recent ICE Enforcement Actions on Feb. 13th 2017

Trump: “All of a sudden for the first time we’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out. We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country and at a rate that nobody has ever seen before. And they’re the bad ones… And it’s a military operation because what has been allowed to come into our country — when you see gang violence that you’ve read about like never before and all of the things — much of that is people that are here illegally. And they’re rough and they’re tough, but they’re not tough like our people. So we’re getting them out.” — Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs on Feb.23rd 2017

Extreme vetting

Kelly: “We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say?” he told the House Homeland Security Committee. “If they don’t want to cooperate then you don’t come in.” –Meeting with Congress on Feb.7th 2017

Kelly: ‘We are developing what additional vetting, extreme vetting might look like,’ –Press Conference on Jan.31st 2017

Trump: This program shall include the development of a uniform baseline for screening and vetting standards and procedures, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that applicants are who they claim to be; a mechanism to assess whether applicants may commit, aid, or support any kind of violent, criminal, or terrorist acts after entering the United States; and any other appropriate means for ensuring the proper collection of all information necessary for a rigorous evaluation of all grounds of inadmissibility or grounds for the denial of other immigration benefits. –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

Support for review of visa vetting system

Kelly: “The Executive Order signed today by President Trump will make America safer, and address long-overdue concerns about the security of our immigration system. We must undertake a rigorous review of our visa and refugee vetting programs to increase our confidence in the entry decisions we make for visitors and immigrants to the United States. We cannot risk the prospect of malevolent actors using our immigration system to take American lives.” –Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on President’s Executive Order Signed Today on Mar. 6th 2017

Kelly: “This is not a travel ban, this is a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee and visa vetting system.” –Transcript of Media Availability on Executive Order with Secretary Kelly & DHS Leadership on Jan. 31st 2017

Trump: The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall conduct a worldwide review to identify whether, and if so what, additional information will be needed from each foreign country to adjudicate an application by a national of that country for a visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual is not a security or public-safety threat. –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

Santuary Cities

Kelly: “It’s inconceivable to me that people who are sworn to protect their communities would not want someone, anyone to remove criminals from their communities and send them somewhere else. I’m stunned when people say, well, we’re not going to cooperate with you even in the event of convicted criminals.” –Pool Notes From Secretary Kelly’s Trip To San Diego on Feb. 10th 2017

Trump: Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic. –Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States on Jan. 25th 2017

Hiring additional DHS agents

Kelly: “…I have directed ICE to hire 10,000 officers and agents expeditiously, subject to available resources, and to take enforcement actions consistent with available resources.” –Memorandum on Feb. 20th 2017

Trump: Additional Enforcement and Removal Officers. The Secretary, through the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, take all appropriate action to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, who shall complete relevant training and be authorized to perform the law enforcement functions described in section 287 of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1357). –Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States on Jan. 25th 2017

Mass deportation

DHS: During his press conference with Secretary Tillerson and their Mexican counterparts, Secretary Kelly emphasized that our immigration enforcement efforts will neither involve “mass deportations” nor the use of U.S. military forces. However, as law enforcement operations, they will be conducted with professionalism, precision and discipline — much like military operations — by highly-trained law enforcement personnel, acting in accordance with the law and judicial orders. He said we will approach this operation systematically, in an organized way, in a results-oriented way, in an operational way, and with regard to human dignity. This is how great militaries, great legal organizations, law enforcement and the police do business. –Readout of Secretary Kelly’s Trip to Guatemala and Mexico on Feb.24th 2017

White House: Goal of new immigration memos not ‘mass deportation,’ Spicer says. –Press Conference on Feb. 21st 2017

Opposition to hate-inspired attacks

Kelly: “Over the past several weeks, the country has seen unacceptable and escalating threats and actual harassment directed at faith-based communities around the country, with a particular focus on threats to Jewish Community Centers. As a complement to on-going law enforcement efforts to investigate specific threats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working closely with Jewish communities to advise and support on protective measures they can put in place to help keep people in their community safe.” –Statement By Secretary Kelly On DHS Support To Jewish Community Centers To Enhance Their Security on Mar. 1st 2017

Kelly: “Over the past few weeks, our country has seen an unacceptable and disturbing rise in the number of apparent hate-inspired attacks and harassment against individuals and communities. I strongly condemn any violent acts to perpetuate fear and intimidation not only against individuals, but entire communities. I pledge the full support of the Department of Homeland Security to assist local, state, and federal investigations into these incidents.” –Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly on Alleged Hate-Inspired Attacks on Mar. 9th 2017

Trump: “Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

[ X ] At odds on…

Judge’s ruling on executive order — Travel ban

Kelly: “Since the court orders related to the executive order were issued over the weekend, CBP immediately began taking immediately began taking steps to be in compliance. We are and will remain in compliance with judicial orders.” –Transcript of Media Availability on Executive Order with Secretary Kelly & DHS Leadership on Jan. 31st 2017

DHS: In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” –DHS Statement on Compliance with Recent Court Order on Feb. 4th 2017

Trump: “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” –Twitter on Feb.4th 2017

Travel ban implemented too quickly

Kelly: “In retrospect, I should have — this is all on me, by the way — I should have delayed it just a bit, so that I could talk to members of Congress, particularly the leadership of committees like this, to prepare them for what was coming, although I think most people would agree that this has been a topic of President Trump certainly during his campaign and during the transition process,” –Meeting with House Homeland Security Committee on Feb.7th 2017

Trump: “Secretary Kelly said that all is going well with very few problems. MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN!” –Twitter on Jan.30th 2017

Torture and waterboarding as effective interrogation techniques

Kelly: “I don’t think we should ever come close to crossing a line that is beyond what we as Americans would expect to follow in terms of interrogation techniques,” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Trump: ““I happen to feel that it does work. I’ve been open about that for a long period of time. But I am going with our leaders. And we’re going to — we’re going to win with or without, but I do disagree,” –Press Conference Jan. 27th 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Status of trade relationship with Mexico

Kelly: “This dynamic trade and relationship has also helped create millions of jobs on both sides of the border. We are committed to our nations’ continued success — that is, America’s and Mexico’s. Safe and efficient trade and travel work hand in hand. The more secure cargo and passengers are as they move, the faster they can move across the borders to the mutual benefit of both countries.” –Statements to the Press on Feb.23rd 2017

Trump: “With Mexico, we have $70 billion in deficits, trade deficits, and it’s unsustainable. We’re not going to let it happen. Can’t let it happen. We’re going to have a good relationship with Mexico, I hope. And if we don’t, we don’t. But we can’t let that happen — $70 billion in trade deficits. And that doesn’t include the drugs that pour across the border, like water. So we can’t let that happen.” –Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs on Feb.23rd 2017

[…] Trump has issued no public opinion since inauguration on…

Opposition to muslim registry

Kelly: “I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to focus on something like religion as the only factor (in counterterrorism),” Kelly said. “I don’t agree with registering people based on ethnic or religion.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Slow hiring of additional DHS agents

Kelly: “we will not lower standards and we will not lower training.” Kelly then said he didn’t believe “we’re going to get 10,000 and 5,000 on board within the next couple of years.” –Meeting with Congress on Feb. 7th

Partnering with Central American states to fight illegal immigration

Kelly: Secretaries Kelly and Tillerson recognized the excellent U.S.-Mexican cooperation to curtail illegal migration and trafficking, both by securing Mexico’s southern border and by supporting the efforts of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — through the Alliance for Prosperity and working with organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank — to reduce violence and stimulate economic opportunity in the region. –Readout of Secretary Kelly’s Trip to Guatemala and Mexico on Feb. 24 2017

Support for custom preclearance program expansion

Kelly: McCaskill also asked Kelly about the Preclearance program, where travelers clear customs and immigration before boarding planes in Canada, Ireland, Abu Dhabi and several Caribbean countries. Jeh Johnson, the current secretary of Homeland Security, has begun talks to expand the program to another dozen airports. “It’s a good idea,” Kelly said. “We have to have confidence in the information that we’re getting on site to prevent people that would come here to do us harm.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Supports cooperation with private sector on cybersecurity

Kelly: “Working together makes a lot of sense,” Kelly said during the hearing, stressing that greater cooperation among the private sector and federal and state sectors on cybersecurity will “go a long way.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

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Department of Justice

Trump Alignment Score: +69%

[✓] In agreement on…

Pro-life stance

Sessions: “I believe it violated the Constitution,” Sessions said in response to a question from Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein about whether he stands by his past statements calling Roe v. Wade a “colossal” mistake. –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Trump: “As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings” –Statement to Press on Mar. 6th 2017

Recent rise in violent crime is a trend, not anomaly

Sessions: “But in the last two years, we’ve seen clear warning signs — like the first gusts of wind before a summer storm — that this progress is now at risk. The latest FBI official data tell us that from 2014 to 2015, the violent crime rate in the U.S. increased by more than 3 percent — the largest one-year increase since 1991. The murder rate increased 11 percent — the largest increase since 1968. The rape rate increased by over 4 percent, and the aggravated assault rate rose by nearly 4 percent. If this was a one-year spike, we might not worry too much. But the preliminary data for the first half of 2016 confirmed these trends.” –Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at National Association of Attorneys General Annual Winter Meeting on Feb. 28th 2017

Sessions: “We have a crime problem. I wish the blip — I wish the rise that we are seeing in crime in America today were some sort of aberration or a blip. My best judgement, having been involved in criminal law enforcement for many years is that this is a dangerous, permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk.” –Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In of Attorney General Sessions on Feb. 9th 2017

Trump: “ America faces many challenges. We face the menace of rising crime and the threat of deadly terror. And it’s not getting better, but it will get better very soon. It’s going to get a lot better.” –Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In of Attorney General Sessions on Feb. 9th 2017

Opposition to anti-semitism

Sessions: “We are a nation that is a diverse constituency, and we don’t need these kind of activities.” –Statement to Press on Feb. 27th 2017

Trump: “Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

Opposition to Obama guidance on Title IX

Sessions: “The prior guidance documents did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice therefore have withdrawn the guidance.” –Statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Withdrawal of Title IX Guidance on Feb. 22nd 2017

White House: “As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level. The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators.” –Statement to Press on Feb. 22nd 2017

Improve visa vetting program

Sessions: “Like every nation, the United States has the right to control who enters our country, and to keep out those who would do us harm. This executive order protects the American people — as well as lawful permanent residents — by putting in place an enhanced screening and vetting process for visitors from six nations.” –Remarks on Revised Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry on Mar. 6th 2017

Trump: This program shall include the development of a uniform baseline for screening and vetting standards and procedures, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that applicants are who they claim to be; a mechanism to assess whether applicants may commit, aid, or support any kind of violent, criminal, or terrorist acts after entering the United States; and any other appropriate means for ensuring the proper collection of all information necessary for a rigorous evaluation of all grounds of inadmissibility or grounds for the denial of other immigration benefits. –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

[ X ] At odds on…

Recusal from investigation into Russian hacking

Sessions: “During the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the relevant senior career Department officials to discuss whether I should recuse myself from any matters arising from the campaigns for President of the United States… Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.” –Statement on Recusal on Mar. 2nd 2017

Report on Trump reaction: President Donald Trump is extremely frustrated with his senior staff and communications team for allowing the firestorm surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions to steal his thunder in the wake of his address to Congress, sources tell CNN.

Torture and waterboarding as effective interrogation techniques

Sessions: “It is absolutely improper and illegal to use waterboarding… I used to teach the Geneva conventions and the laws of warfare as an army reservist,” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Trump: ““I happen to feel that it does work. I’ve been open about that for a long period of time. But I am going with our leaders. And we’re going to — we’re going to win with or without, but I do disagree,” –Press Conference Jan. 27th 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Travel / immigration ban on muslim

(Depends if you view the travel ban as a muslim ban.)

Sessions: “many people do have religious views that are inimical to the public safety of the United States… I have no belief, and do not support the idea, that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Trump: Temporary Suspension of Entry for Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern During Review Period. (i.e. Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen) –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

Continued use of Guantanamo Bay prison

Sessions: “Yes. Oh, there’s plenty of space. We are well equipped for it. It’s a perfect place for it. Eventually, this will be decided by the military rather than the Justice Department. But I see no legal problem whatsoever with doing that.” –Interview on Mar. 9th 2017

Trump: “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” –Twitter on Mar. 7th 2017

[…] Trump has issued no public opinion since inauguration on…

Investigating Hillary Clinton

Sessions: “It was a highly contentious campaign,” Sessions said. “Some of the comments I made, I do believe, could place my objectivity in question. I’ve given that thought. I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton that were raised during the campaign… I believe that would be the best approach for the country, because we can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute. That’s not in any way — that would not suggest anything other than absolute objectivity. This country does not punish its political enemies, but this country ensures that no one is above the law.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Trump (pre-inauguration): “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t… she went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.” –Interview on Nov. 22rd 2017

Russian hacking the DNC

Sessions: “has no reason to doubt” the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that connected Russian President Vladimir Putin directly to the hacking of Democratic accounts during the election campaign. –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Anti-marijuana

Sessions: “I am definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana. But states, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say, it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.” –Statement to Press on Feb. 27th 2017

Curb on H1B Visa

Sessions:”It’s simply wrong to think that we’re in a totally open world and that any American with a job can be replaced if somebody in the world is willing to take a job for less pay… We have borders. We have a commitment to our citizens.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Reboot private prisons

Sessions: “The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system. Therefore, I direct the Bureau to return to its previous approach.” –Memo on Feb.23rd 2017

Opposition to KKK

Sessions: “I abhor the Klan and what it represents, and its hateful ideology.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Prepared to prosecute the POTUS

Sessions: “If there are laws violated, and they can be prosecuted, then of course you’d have to handle that in the appropriate way,” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 10th 2017

Prevention against opioid use

Sessions: “It’s an honor for me to be here today to help kick off this Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness in New Hampshire. I want you to know that what is happening here today is not an ordinary event. That’s why I cancelled my planned schedule to be with you. I wanted to see and to participate in this Youth Summit because this is historic. It must be one of the largest such gatherings in history. Too many people — too many young people — are dying and others are placing themselves in the powerful grip of addiction.” –Remarks at New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Mar. 7th 2017

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Department of Defense

Trump Alignment Score: +75%

[✓] In agreement on…

Senkaku islands as Japanese territory

Mattis: “Today the minister and I discussed the security situation and I made clear that our longstanding policy on the Senkaku Islands stands. The United States will continue to recognize Japanese administration of the islands, and as such article five of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty applies.” –Joint Press Briefing by Secretary Mattis and Minister Inada in Tokyo, Japan on Feb.4th 2017

Trump: The two leaders affirmed that Article V of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands. They oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands. –Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb.10th 2017

Supports military alliance with Japan & South Korea

Mattis: “We pay attention to the Northwest Pacific, to our two strong allies. Two of the most enduring alliances that we have had have been between Japan and us, and of course South Korea and the United States, and together we confront the North Korean situation. And so I want to come. I want to listen to them, engage with their political leaders, listen to some of their briefs, get an understanding of their view of the situation.” –Media Availability with Secretary Jim Mattis en route to Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 1st 2017

Trump: “The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Pacific region. It is important that both Japan and the United States continue to invest very heavily in the alliance to build up our defense and our defensive capabilities, which, under our mutual leadership, will become stronger and stronger, and, as time goes by, ultimately they will be impenetrable.” –Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference on Feb. 10th 2017

White House: “President Trump emphasized the United States’ ironclad commitment to stand with Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea. He emphasized that his Administration is taking steps to further enhance our ability to deter and defend against North Korea’s ballistic missiles using the full range of United States military capabilities.” –Readout of the President’s Calls with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn of South Korea on Mar.6th 2017

Deployment of THAAD in South Korea

Mattis: “There’s only one reason that we even have this under discussion right now, and that is North Korea’s activities. That THAAD is for defense of our allies people, of our troops who are committed to their defense. And were it not for the provocative behavior of North Korea we would have no need for THAAD out here. . There’s no other nation that needs to be concerned about THAAD other than North Korea if their engaged in something that’s offensive.” –Media Availability with Secretary Jim Mattis en route to Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 1st 2017

White House: “The Trump administration is taking steps to enhance our ability to defend against North Korea’s ballistic missiles such as through the deployment of a THAAD battery to South Korea” –Statement to Press on Mar. 6th 2017

Wanting NATO members to contribute 2% of GDP on Defense

Mattis: “No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of western values… Americans cannot care more for your children’s security than you do. Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the Alliance, and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened… America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense.” –NATO Defense Ministers meeting on Feb.15th 2017

Trump: “We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism. But our partners must meet their financial obligations.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

Supports U.S. participation in NATO

Mattis: Mattis reaffirmed America’s support for NATO on Wednesday, describing the alliance as a “fundamental bedrock for the US and all the transatlantic community.” –NATO Defense Ministers meeting on Feb.15th 2017

Trump: “We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

North Korea as threat to peace

Mattis: “Due to North Korea’s threatening rhetoric and destabilizing behavior, we are taking defensive steps, like deploying the highly effective THAAD antimissile unit to the Republic of Korea, to protect its people and our troops that stand beside our ally. We are also committed to expanding trilateral venues of cooperation with Japan where the mutual defense of our nations is best served through teamwork.” –Remarks by Secretary Mattis and Defense Minister Han in Seoul, Republic of Korea on Feb.3rd 2017

White House: “President Trump emphasized the United States’ ironclad commitment to stand with Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat posed by North Korea.” –Readout of the President’s Calls with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn of South Korea on Mar.6th 2017

Iran as threat to peace and supportive of terrorism

DoD: “As far as Iran goes, this is single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, and I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people, and we have responsibility, along with the rest of the nations that want to maintain stability to be absolutely clear with Iran in this regard. It does no good to ignore it. It does no good to dismiss it. And at the same time I don’t see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time. That’s not in the cards right now. We always have the capability to do so, but right now I don’t think it’s necessary.” –Joint Press Briefing by Secretary Mattis and Minister Inada in Tokyo, Japan on Feb. 4th 2017

Trump: “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy — yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!” –Twitter Feb. 7th 2017

Trump: Iran has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984 and continues to support various terrorist groups, including Hizballah, Hamas, and terrorist groups in Iraq. Iran has also been linked to support for al-Qa’ida and has permitted al-Qa’ida to transport funds and fighters through Iran to Syria and South Asia. Iran does not cooperate with the United States in counterterrorism efforts. –Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States on Mar. 6th 2017

Trump: “[Iran] are the number one terrorist state, they’re sending money all over the place and weapons, and can’t do that.” –Interview on Feb. 7th 2017

[ X ] At odds on…

Taking Iraqi oil

Mattis: “All of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I’m sure that we will continue to do so in the future. We’re not in Iraq to seize anyone’s oil.” –Statement to Press on Feb.20th 2017

Trump: “Well, we should’ve kept the oil when we got out. And, you know, it’s very interesting, had we taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS because they fuel themselves with the oil. That’s where they got the money. They got the money from leaving — when we left, we left Iraq, which wasn’t a government. It’s not a government now.” –Interview on Jan.25th 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Honoring Iran Nuclear Deal Framework

Mattis: the United States must honor the “imperfect ­arms-control agreement” with Iran that Trump has vowed to dismantle because “when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.12th 2017

Trump: “I think it was the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated. I think it was deal that should have never been negotiated… I think it’s a shame that we’ve had a deal like that and that we had to sign a deal like that and there was no reason to do it… We will see what happens. And we’ll going to see what happens. I can say this, they had total disregard for our country. They are the number one terrorist state, they’re sending money all over the place and weapons, and can’t do that.” –Interview on Feb. 7th 2017

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Russia as threat to U.S. and NATO

Mattis: “I think right now the most important thing is that we recognize the reality of what we deal with (in) Mr. Putin. We recognize that he is trying to break the North Atlantic alliance, and that we take the steps, the integrated steps, diplomatic, economic, military and the alliance steps, working with our allies to defend ourselves where we must… I’m all for engagement, but we also have to recognize reality and what Russia is up to… There’s a decreasing number of areas where we can engage cooperatively and an increasing number of areas where we’re going to have to confront Russia.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.12th 2017

Russian hacking the DNC

Mattis: “There is very little doubt they have either interfered or attempted to interfere in elections of democracies,” –Statement to Press on Feb.16th 2017

Opposition to armed forces personnel posting nude pictures

Mattis: “The purported actions of civilian and military personnel on social media websites, including some associated with the Marines United group and possibly others, represent egregious violations of the fundamental values we uphold at the Department of Defense.” –Statement to Press on Mar.10th 2017

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Department of Commerce

Trump Alignment Score: +67%

[✓] In agreement on…

Re-negotiating trade deals

Ross: “President Trump has made free and fair trade a central part of his agenda, and correcting this imbalance is an important step in achieving that goal. To that end, in the coming months we will renegotiate bad trade deals and bring renewed energy to trade enforcement in defense of all hard-working Americans.” –Statement From U.S. Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur Ross on International Trade in Goods and Services in January 2017 on Mar. 7th 2017

Ross: “NAFTA is logically the first thing for us to deal with… We must solidify relationships in the best way we can in our own territory before we go off to other jurisdictions… That will be a very, very early topic in this administration… I think all aspects of NAFTA will be put on the table.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.18th 2017

Trump: “We’re going to make trade deals, but we’re going to do one-on-one, one-on-one, and if they misbehave, we terminate the deal. And then they’ll come back and we’ll make a better deal… [NAFTA is] one of the worst deals ever made by any country having to do with economic development. It’s economic undevelopment, as far as our country is concerned.” –Speech to CPAC on Feb.24th 2017

Deregulation

Ross: “I call on all business and trade associations to share their input on the federal regulations and permits that hold back manufacturing. I look forward to reporting back to the President on how to unshackle our nation’s innovative manufacturers.” –Commerce Department Seeks Comments on Impact of Burdensome Federal Regulations and Construction Permitting Process on Domestic Manufacturing on Mar. 9th 2017

Trump: “Toward that end, it is important that for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.” –Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs on Jan. 30th 2017

Enforcing sanctions against Iran and North Korea

Ross: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. today announced that China’s Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd., known collectively as ZTE, has agreed to a record-high combined civil and criminal penalty of $1.19 billion, pending approval from the courts, after illegally shipping telecommunications equipment to Iran and North Korea in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). “We are putting the world on notice: the games are over,” said Secretary Ross. “Those who flout our economic sanctions and export control laws will not go unpunished — they will suffer the harshest of consequences. Under President Trump’s leadership, we will be aggressively enforcing strong trade policies with the dual purpose of protecting American national security and protecting American workers.” –Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. Announces $1.19 Billion Penalty for Chinese Company’s Export Violations to Iran and North Korea on Mar. 7th 2017

Trump: “[Iran] are the number one terrorist state, they’re sending money all over the place and weapons, and can’t do that.” –Interview on Feb. 7th 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Border tax

Ross: “It’s a complicated issue whether you should have one flat tariff on everything or whether it should be more tailored.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.18th 2017

White House: “The president and his team are currently deliberating over what his preferred tax reform plan will look like… The most important thing to the president is that our tax system is fair and in the best interests of the American people.” –Statement to Press on Mar. 3rd 2017

Support for scientific research at NOAA

Ross: “I intend to see that the Department provides the public with as much factual and accurate data as we have available…barring some national security concern, I see no valid reason to keep peer reviewed research from the public.” –Letter on Jan.23rd 2017

Report on White House budget proposal: The Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post.

The proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would also eliminate funding for a variety of smaller programs, including external research, coastal management, estuary reserves and “coastal resilience,” which seeks to bolster the ability of coastal areas to withstand major storms and rising seas.

NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, which would be hit by an overall 18 percent budget reduction from its current funding level.

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China has a protectionist economic policy

Ross: “China is the most protectionist country of very large countries… They have both very high tariff barriers and very high non-tariff trade barriers. So they talk much more about free trade than they actually practice.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 18th 2017

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Department of Treasury

Trump Alignment Score: +43%

[✓] In agreement on…

Tax reform

Mnuchin: “President Trump’s plan to grow our economy will work because it focuses on a middle-income tax cut for working families and an end to regulations that are stifling job creation. We must simplify the tax code, reduce business tax rates, and make America competitive in the global economy. This administration will end the failed Obama-era policies that have held back economic growth for the last eight years, and unleash the new jobs and higher wages Americans desperately need and deserve.” –Statement from Secretary Mnuchin on President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress on Feb. 28th 2017

Mnuchin: “Look, as I’ve said before, we’re primarily focused on a middle-income tax cut and simplification for business. And what we are focused is that on the high end, if there are tax cuts, that they are offset with reduction of deductions and other things.” –Interview with CNBC on Feb. 23rd 2017

Trump: “At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class. We must create a level playing field for American companies and our workers — have to do it.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

Opposition to Iran ballistic missile program

Treasury: Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned multiple entities and individuals involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). This action reflects the United States’ commitment to enforcing sanctions on Iran with respect to its ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities in the region and is fully consistent with the United States’ commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). –Press Release on Feb.3rd 2017

Trump: “Iran is playing with fire — they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!” –Twitter on Feb.3rd 2017

[ X ] At odds on…

Adding staff to IRS

Mnuchin: “I can assure you that the president-elect understands the concept of ’we add people, we make money… That’s a very quick conversation with Donald Trump.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 19th 2017

Report on White House budget proposal: The White House budget office has proposed a 14.1 percent cut to the I.R.S. for the fiscal year that begins in October, reducing the agency’s budget to $9.65 billion; six years ago, it stood at $12.1 billion ($13.6 billion when adjusted for inflation).

China as currency manipulator

Mnuchin: “We have a process within Treasury where we go through and look at currency manipulation across the board… And we’ll go through that process… We’ll do that as we have in the past, and we’re not making any judgments until we continue that process.” –Interview with CNBC on Feb.23rd 2017

Trump: “Well they, I think they’re grand champions at manipulation of currency. So I haven’t held back.” –Interview with Reuters on Feb.24th 2017

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Auditing the Federal Reserve

Mnuchin: “As you know, the Federal Reserve is organized with sufficient independence to conduct monetary policy.” –Response to Letter by Sen. Bill Nelson on Jan. 25th 2017

Sanctions against al-Nusrah Front

Treasury: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against two al-Nusrah Front (ANF) leadership officials, Iyad Nazmi Salih Khalil (Khalil) and Bassam Ahmad al-Hasri (al-Hasri). Both individuals, based in Syria, are being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of Khalil and al-Hasri subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. –Press Release on Feb. 23rd 2017

Raise debt ceiling before deadline

Mnuchin: “As I said in my confirmation hearing, honoring the full faith and credit of our outstanding debt is a critical commitment,” Mnuchin wrote. “I encouraged Congress to raise the debt limit at the first opportunity so that we can proceed with our joint priorities.” –Letter on Mar. 9th 2017

Mnuchin: “Honoring the U.S. debt is the most important thing. … I would like us to raise the debt ceiling sooner rather than later.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 19th 2017

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Department of Veteran Affairs

Trump Alignment Score: +88%

[✓] In agreement on…

Budget proposal

Shulkin: “This looks like an increase in resources for us… I’m confident this budget is going to reflect the president’s commitment to his ability to deliver on his promises to make veterans care better and stronger.” –Statement to Press on Feb. 28th 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Filling vacancies at VA hospitals

VA: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced exemptions to the federal hiring freeze in the President’s memo dated January 23rd, 2017. The authorities outlined in the President’s memo provide VA the ability to continue filling essential positions that provide public safety services to our Veterans. We strongly believe that these exemptions are in line with the President’s intent. “The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to exempt anyone it deems necessary for public health and safety, including frontline caregivers,” Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Snyder said. “The President and VA remain committed to seeing that our Veterans receive the quality care and benefits they’ve earned. This is the right thing to do for our Veterans.” –Statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs on federal hiring freeze on Jan.27th 2017

Shulkin: The VA is seeking 37,000 exemptions for 45,000 job vacancies, Shulkin said. “We have asked for it,” and “we’ve received the full 37,000” from the White House. –Statement to Press on Feb. 28th 2017

White House: “… the V.A. in particular, if you look at the problems that have plagued people, hiring more people isn’t the answer.’’ –Statement to Press on Jan. 23rd 2017

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Privatizing VA

Shulkin: “But the Department of Veterans Affairs will not be privatized under my watch.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Feb. 1st 2017

Improving Veterans Choice Program

VA: VA appreciates the Office of Inspector General (OIG) review of VA’s implementation of the Veterans Choice Program (VCP). The OIG report reviewed the VCP from its inception, over two years ago, in November of 2014 through September of 2015. Overall, the Department concurs with the findings in the report. However, VCP is no longer the program it was when it rolled out. The Department has made significant improvements since the inception of the program. VA did not wait for the OIG report to publish before taking critical steps towards improving the program, including working with Congress to amend the law four times to increase Veterans access and satisfaction with VCP, including increasing the provider base, increasing the number of scheduled appointments, and implementing numerous process changes for both VA and our contract partners. –VA statement about Office of Inspector General review of implementation of the Veterans Choice Program on Jan. 30th 2017

Support homeless veterans

VA: Military Outreach USA, a partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recently launched a program to encourage communities to connect with local VA facilities and help VA provide support to homeless or recently homeless Veterans and their families. –News release on Mar. 3rd 2017

Expand suicide prevention and mental health care for veterans

Shulkin: “The president and I have made it clear that suicide prevention is one of our top priorities… We know the rate of death by suicide among Veterans who do not use VA care is increasing at a greater rate than Veterans who use VA care. This is a national emergency that requires bold action. We must and we will do all that we can to help former service members who may be at risk. When we say even one Veteran suicide is one too many, we mean it.” –VA Secretary Announces Intention to Expand Mental Health Care to Former Service members on Mar. 8th 2017

Adaptive-sports programs for disabled veterans

Shulkin: “We know disabled Veterans and military members of all ages and abilities report better health and an improved quality of life when participating in adaptive sports… We encourage organizations to apply for a grant to better assist those who have faced life changes due to their military service. At VA, caring for Veterans, day in and day out, is a noble cause.” –VA offering up to $8 million in grants for adaptive-sports programs that aid disabled Veterans on Feb. 22nd 2017

Support for Telehealth

VA: Dr. Michael Ohl of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Iowa City VA Health Care System is creating a model titled Telehealth Collaborative Care to improve the quality of care for Veterans who live far from specialty clinics. Telehealth Collaborative Care uses videoconferencing to connect rural Veterans with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with VA specialists. –VA researcher working to improve HIV care for rural Veterans on Jan.24th 2017

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Department of Health and Human Services

Trump Alignment Score: +86%

[✓] In agreement on…

Repealing Obamacare

Price: “Tonight, President Trump reassured the American people that help is on the way for those who are suffering as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The President called on Congress to repeal the law and replace it with reforms that will expand access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans. This message of relief and empowering Americans through patient-centered solutions stands in stark contrast to the defense of the status quo we unfortunately continue to hear from others.” –Statement from Secretary Price on President Trump’s Address to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

Price: “On behalf of the Trump Administration, I am writing in support of the reconciliation recommendations recently released for consideration by your Committees. Together, they align with the President’s goal of rescuing Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act. These proposals offer patient-centered solutions that will provide all Americans with access to affordable, quality healthcare, promote innovation, and offer peace of mind for those with pre-existing conditions.” –Letter on Mar. 7th 2017

Trump: “Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster — is imploding fast!” –Twitter on Mar. 7th 2017

Medicare to negotiate drug prices

(whatever Trump desires)

Price: Asked if he would support lifting the prohibition on the government negotiating drug prices with pharmaceutical companies for Medicare — an idea he opposed as a congressman that Trump has repeatedly endorsed — Price said he would be “carrying out” Trump’s wishes. –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 18th 2017

Health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions

Price: “Nobody ought to lose their insurance because they get a bad diagnosis.” –Statement to Press on Jan. 24th 2017

Paul Ryan on the American Health Care Act: “The American Health Care Act is a plan to drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance. It protects young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions, and provides a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them.” –Statement to Press on Mar. 7th 2017

Trump: “Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster — is imploding fast!” –Twitter on Mar. 7th 2017

Contraception cost coverage under health insurance

Price: Contraception is “imperative for many, many women,” Price said, adding that should be able to “purchase what they desire.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 18th 2017

Report on The American Health Care Act: The House Republicans’ replacement plan preserves four parts of the ACA that at least 60 percent of adults favored keeping in a January Associated Press-NORC poll . The survey found 77 percent supported the ACA’s requirement that private insurance companies offer preventive health services at no out-of-pocket cost, while 60 percent supported requiring plans to cover the full cost of birth control, both of which are included in House Republicans’ plan.

Trump: “Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster — is imploding fast!” –Twitter on Mar. 7th 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Loss of coverage as result of Obamacare repeal

Price: “Nobody’s interested in pulling the rug out from anybody… I think there’s been a lot of talk about individuals losing health coverage That is not our goal or our desire, nor is it our plan.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.18th 2017

Report on the American Health Care Act: The numbers that are still missing are important. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is still reviewing the bill. When it finishes its estimates, we’ll have a better sense of how much health insurance would probably cost under this plan and how many people would be covered. But it is reasonable to predict that the plan will cover fewer people than the current law does, and that the people who lose coverage will be those who are poorer.

Trump: “Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster — is imploding fast!” –Twitter on Mar. 7th 2017

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Giving states flexibility on Medicaid

Price: “Our states know best how to care for their citizens — particularly their most vulnerable populations who receive healthcare coverage under Medicaid. Pursuant to the vision put forward by President Trump, the Department of Health and Human Services will be committed to doing everything within our authority to provide our nation’s governors and state legislatures with greater flexibility on how they utilize Medicaid resources in caring for those in need.” –Secretary Price Committed to Greater Medicaid Flexibility for States on Mar. 10th 2017

Enforcing HIPAA

HHS: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) civil money penalty against Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) based on its impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) and non-compliance over many years with multiple standards of the HIPAA Security Rule. –News release on Feb. 1st 2017

HHS: Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $5.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules and agreed to implement a robust corrective action plan. –News release on Feb. 16th 2017

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Department of Energy

Trump Alignment Score: +75%

[✓] In agreement on…

Boost U.S. liquid natural gas (LNG) export capacity

Perry: “The demand is going to be there… If we produce it in America, it makes abundant good sense to me for us to sell it to the world.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 19th 2017

Trump: “Exxon Mobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the United States Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf program consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.” –President Trump Congratulates Exxon Mobil for Job-Creating Investment Program on Mar. 6th 2017

[ ? ] Trump has a debatable position on…

Support for scientific research

Perry: “I’m going to protect all of the science, whether it’s related to the climate or to the other aspects of what we’re going to be doing.” -Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.19th 2017

Report on White House budget proposal: A new White House proposal would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 24 percent and eliminate 38 of its programs. One of the programs on the kill list is the Energy Star program, an initiative that experts say is as much about saving money as it is about saving the climate. Should it be eliminated, they argue, both consumers and businesses could suffer.

Report on White House budget proposal: White House officials said today that they will ask Congress to increase discretionary defense spending by $54 billion, to $603 billion, in the 2018 fiscal year which begins 1 October. They expect to pay for that increase by cutting an equivalent amount from nondefense discretionary spending — the part of the budget that includes major basic research funders. That means a potential squeeze on the $31 billion National Institutes of Health, the $7 billion National Science Foundation, the $5 billion Office of Science at the Department of Energy, as well as all other civilian science programs.

[…] Trump has issued no public opinion since inauguration on…

Climate change is real

Perry: “I believe the climate is changing. I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by man-made activity. The question is how do we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth, the affordability of energy or American jobs.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 19th 2017

Profiling / Identification of employees working on climate change

Perry: “I didn’t approve of it… I don’t approve of it. I don’t need that information.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 19th 2017

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Housing & Urban Development Department

Trump Alignment Score: +100%

[✓] In agreement on…

Cut government assistance and reduce spending

Carson: “The programs that have been enacted in HUD over the years, you know, they’re good programs… But in and of themselves they’re not bringing about the elevation of large numbers of people. And that’s what we’re looking for. We don’t want it to be a way of life, we want it to be a Band-Aid and a springboard to move forward.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 12th 2017

Report on White House budget proposal: The Trump administration has considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to preliminary budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. The plan would squeeze public housing support and end most federally funded community development grants, which provide services such as meal assistance and cleaning up abandoned properties in low-income neighborhoods.

Disaster Assistance

HUD: U.S. Housing and Urban Development today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Louisiana and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds. –Press Release on Feb. 13th 2017

Trump: Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that President Donald Trump has approved the federal disaster declaration for Orleans and Livingston Parishes following the tornadoes in South Louisiana. –Press Release on Feb. 11th 2017

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Non-government backed 30-year fixed rate mortgage

Carson: “Yes, I think it is possible.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 12th 2017

No Guarantee HUD policies won’t benefit Trump family business

Carson: “If there happens to be an extraordinarily good program that’s working for millions of people and it turns out that someone you’re targeting is going to gain $10 from it, am I going to say no, the rest of you Americans can’t have it?… I think logic and common sense would probably be the best way.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 12 th 2017

Support for Fair Housing Act

Carson: “I think the Fair House Amendment in 1968 was one of the best pieces of legislation that we’ve had. It was modified in 1988. LBJ said nobody could possibly question this; I agree with him,” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.12th 2017

HUD: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced agreements with two insurance companies in Ohio and Florida settling allegations the companies violated the Fair Housing Act by denying insurance coverage to properties that contain “subsidized housing” and “low-income housing.” –Press Release on Jan. 26th 2017

HUD: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the landlords of a Moore, Oklahoma rental home with violating the Fair Housing Act by denying the reasonable accommodation requests of their tenant, a veteran with disabilities. Read the charge. –Press release on Feb. 7th 2017

Clean up lead-based paint hazards

HUD: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that it is making grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower income homes in order to protect young children. Additionally, this funding will provide an opportunity for local communities to establish and support programs to control other housing-related health and safety hazards. –Press Release on Feb. 8th 2017

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Department of Education

Trump Alignment Score: +100%

[✓] In agreement on…

Support for School Choice

DeVos: “Tonight, President Trump delivered on his promise to support school choice and offer students access to quality options. No child, regardless of their ZIP code or family income, should be denied access to quality education.” –Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Praises President Trump’s Call to Increase Access to Quality Education for All Children on Feb. 28th 2017

DeVos: “Let me ask you: Do you believe parents should be able to choose the best school for their child regardless of their ZIP code or family income? (YES!) Me too. And so does President Trump. We have a unique window of opportunity to make school choice a reality for millions of families. Both the President and I believe that providing an equal opportunity for a quality education is an imperative that all students deserve.” –U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb.23rd 2017

DeVos: “Why, in 2017, are we still questioning parents’ ability to exercise educational choice for their children? I am a firm believer that parents should be empowered to choose the learning environment that’s best for their individual children. The vast majority of students in this country will continue to attend public schools. If confirmed, I will be a strong advocate for great public schools. But, if a school is troubled, or unsafe, or not a good fit for a child — perhaps they have a special need that is going unmet — we should support a parent’s right to enroll their child in a high quality alternative.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Trump: “Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather. As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice. But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning, with the help of a tax credit scholarship program. Today, she is the first in her family to graduate, not just from high school, but from college. Later this year, she will get her master’s degree in social work.” — Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

White House: “He has said many times before that education has the ability to level the playing field for the next generation,” Spicer said, adding that Trump “is determined to provide choice for every parent and opportunities for every child, regardless of their zip code.” –Statement to Press

Opposition to Obama Title IX Guidance

DeVos: “The guidance issued by the previous administration has given rise to several legal questions. As a result, a federal court in August 2016 issued a nationwide injunction barring the Department from enforcing a portion of its application. Since that time, the Department has not enforced that part of the guidance, thus there is no immediate impact to students by rescinding this guidance… This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities, and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students.” –U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statement on New Title IX Guidance on Feb.22nd 2017

White House: “As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level. The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators.” –Statement to Press on Feb. 22nd 2017

Encouraging Women into STEM

DeVos: “Women are consistently underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions, and these laws will help to alleviate that gap. By encouraging women to follow a career in STEM, we can help foster innovation, promote entrepreneurism and maintain our country’s global competitiveness.” –Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Praises Signing of Bills Encouraging Women to Join STEM Professions on Feb. 28th 2017

Trump: “Today I’m signing two bills that promote women entering and leading the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and math. Currently, only 1 in every 4 women who gets a STEM degree is working in a STEM job, which is not fair and it’s not even smart for the people that aren’t taking advantage of it. It’s unacceptable that we have so many American women who have these degrees but yet are not being employed in these fields. So I think that’s going to change. That’s going to change very rapidly. Protecting women with STEM degrees, and all Americans with STEM degrees is very important, but it also means you have to crack down on offshoring, because the offshoring is a tremendous problem that displaces many of our best American workers and brains — the brain power.” –Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255 on Feb. 28th 2017

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Supports guns at school

DeVos: “I will refer back to Sen. [Mike] Enzi and the school he was talking about in Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Support for Magnet Schools

DeVos: “I don’t need to recite the history of magnet schools and the vital role they’ve played to improve the lives of urban students, combat segregation, and provide a quality option to parents and kids alike. Indeed, magnet schools are often referred to as the original school choice option.” –U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the Magnet Schools of America 2017 National Policy Training Conference on Feb. 15th 2017

DeVos: “”There is amble opportunity to really highlight the tremendous successes of so many magnet schools across the country… It’s clear that the schools that you represent are doing a tremendous job on behalf of students.” –Speech on Feb.15th 2017

Support for Community Colleges and Vocational Training

DeVos: “Community colleges are a uniquely American national asset. You are nimble, inclusive and entrepreneurial. You provide important and valued pathways for students to prepare for success in this competitive economy. You equip students for high-demand fields and skilled jobs that help grow local economies and maintain communities. And, you’re absolutely essential engines of workforce and economic development — locally and regionally. You help identify and close the skills gap between employers and job-seekers, so U.S. businesses and industries can thrive and expand. The President’s 100-day action plan is his contract with the American voter. This plan notes the importance of expanding vocational and technical education — the types of career and technical education that community colleges excel at providing — and making two- and four-year college degrees more affordable. He has called multiple paths for postsecondary education “an absolute priority” for his Administration, and I share that vision.” –U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the Community College National Legislative Summit on Feb.16th 2017

Support for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Devos: “This IDEA.ed.gov site and its server hosting IDEA.ed.gov were neglected for nearly four years. This behavior is unacceptable. The restored IDEA.ed.gov site has been moved to a new server, and I’ve instructed Department staff to begin working with stakeholders to build a new and improved site. This exercise is an example of complacency I won’t accept, and I remain committed to improving the Department and its services.” –Statement from Secretary DeVos regarding the restoration of IDEA.ED.GOV on Feb.17th 2017

Devos: DeVos said that states should have the right to decide whether to enforce IDEA, but when Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) later told her that IDEA is a federal civil rights law and asked DeVos if she stood by her statement that it was up to the states to follow it, DeVos responded, “Federal law must be followed where federal dollars are in play.” Hassan then asked, “So were you unaware when I just asked you about the IDEA that it was a federal law?” DeVos responded, “I may have confused it.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Opposition to equal accountability for public schools

Devos: Kaine: “Let me ask you this. I think all schools that receive taxpayer funding should be equally accountable. Do you agree?” DeVos: “Well they don’t, they are not today.” Kaine: “Well, I think they should. Do you agree with me? DeVos: “Well no . . .” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Whether to use test scores to measure student proficiency

Devos: To start, when asked for her thoughts on using test scores as a measure of student proficiency or growth by Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, DeVos didn’t seem to understand the difference, much less provide an informative response about which she would prioritize as head of the Department of Education.

“I think if I’m understanding your question correctly around proficiency, I would also correlate it to competency and mastery,” DeVos began. “Each student is measured according to the, um, advancement they’re making in each subject area.”

“Well, that’s growth,” Franken interjected. “That’s not proficiency.” Asked for further clarification by DeVos, Franken went on to explain the difference. “But it surprises me you don’t know this issue,” he added.

Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Support for ESSA

DeVos: “Thank you for the important work you and stakeholders in your State are engaged in to develop new State plans and transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). I am writing today to assure you that I fully intend to implement and enforce the statutory requirements of the ESSA.” –Letter on Feb. 10th 2017

Opposition to School Improvement Grants

DeVos: “Because the previous administration spent seven billion of your dollars on “School Improvement Grants,” thinking they could demonstrate that money alone would solve the problem. Yet their own report, issued as they walked out the door, showed that it had zero impact on student outcomes and performance.” –U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb.23rd 2017

Enforcing Title IX

ED: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached an agreement with the Palo Alto Unified School District in Palo Alto, California after finding that the district’s handling of complaints violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. –U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Palo Alto Unified School District to Ensure Prompt, Equitable Responses to Reports of Violations of Title IX on Mar. 9th 2017

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Department of Transportation

Trump Alignment Score: +100%

[✓] In agreement on…

U.S. infrastructure is jeopardizing economy

Chao: Economic gains are being “jeopardized’’ by aging infrastructure, rising highway fatalities, growing congestion and a failure to keep pace with emerging technologies. –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 11th 2017

Trump: “And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

Private investments to fund infrastructure spending

Chao: “Public private partnerships are a very important part of a new way of financing our roads and bridges.” –Interview on Feb.28th 2017

Chao: “Today we are celebrating a public-private partnership that is strengthening America’s Merchant Marine, as well as America’s Armed Forces. U.S.-flagged vessels are a critical component in our domestic commerce, moving $467 billion worth of goods between ports in the U.S. In addition to these robust economic contributions, a healthy U.S. maritime industry crewed by American merchant mariners is also a vital part of our national security at ready call to support the Armed Forces and carry military equipment and suppliers to the frontlines.” –U.S. Department Of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Welcomes The Addition Of M/V LIBERTY PASSION To Maritime Security Program on Mar. 3rd 2017

Chao: Chao advocated using “innovative financing tools” that can “take full advantage of the estimated trillions in capital that equity firms, pension funds and endowments can invest.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 11th 2017

Chao: “The government does not have the re­sources to address all the infrastructure needs within our country.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 11th 2017

Trump: “I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital — creating millions of new jobs.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

Need to consider Air Traffic Control (ATC) privatization

Chao: During a recent Senate confirmation hearing, Chao called for a “national discussion” about ATC corporatisation. “This is a huge issue,” Chao said. “I am very much aware of those who are for it and those who are against privatisation. We need to have a national discussion about it.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 11th 2017

Trump: “I hear we’re spending billions and billions of dollars, it’s a system that’s totally out of whack.” –Meeting with Airline and Airport Execs on Feb. 9th 2017

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Need to revamp of Highway Trust Fund

Chao: “The Highway Trust Fund is in bad shape.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 11th 2017

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Department of Interior

Trump Alignment Score: +100%

[✓] In agreement on…

U.S. energy independence

Zinke: “Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy independent. The Gulf is a vital part of that strategy to spur economic opportunities for industry, states, and local communities, to create jobs and home-grown energy and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” –Secretary Zinke Announces Proposed 73-Million Acre Oil and Natural Gas Lease Sale for Gulf of Mexico on Mar. 6th 2017

Zinke: “The President-elect has said we want to be energy independent… It is better to produce energy domestically with reasonable regulation than have it produced overseas without regulation.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan.17th 2017

Increasing infrastructure spending

Zinke: Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), who is nominated to serve as the next interior secretary, told the Senate Natural Resources Committee that Trump’s ambitious infrastructure spending plans should “prioritize the estimated $12.5 billion in backlog of maintenance and repair” at hundreds of national parks across the country. “The fountains don’t even work. And they’re in need of repair,” he told senators. “And then you start asking, well, what about the rest of Washington, D.C.? Well, it turns out that very few fountains work. And then the Memorial Bridge. It turns out that needs about $150 million. So we’d better get on it.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Trump: “To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital — — creating millions of new jobs.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

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Climate change is real

Zinke: “I don’t believe it’s a hoax… The climate is changing; man is an influence… I think where there’s debate is what that influence is and what can we do about it.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Opposition to sale or transfer of federal land

Zinke: “I want to be clear on this point. I am absolutely against transfer or sale of public lands.” –Senate Confirmation Hearing on Jan. 17th 2017

Expand access to public lands

Zinke: “Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Over the past eight years however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board. It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.” –Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands on Mar. 2nd 2017

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Department of Agriculture

Trump Alignment Score: +100%

*Senate Confirmation Hearing for Sonny Perdue not yet held.

[✓] In agreement on…

Disaster Assistance

USDA: Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $103 million in fiscal year 2017 for disaster recovery efforts to help state, local and tribal units of government protect lives and property in disaster-affected areas following natural disasters. –Press Release Feb. 22nd 2017

Trump: Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that President Donald Trump has approved the federal disaster declaration for Orleans and Livingston Parishes following the tornadoes in South Louisiana. –Press Release on Feb. 11th 2017

Trump: The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Georgia and ordered federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds on January 2, 2017. –Statement to Press on Jan.25th 2017

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Food safety during Superbowl

USDA: As excitement for this year’s Super Bowl grows, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. –Press Release on Jan. 31st 2017

Expand broadband high-speed Internet to rural areas

USDA: Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is awarding $19.3 million in loans to provide broadband in rural portions of Illinois and Oklahoma. –Press Release Feb. 27th 2017

Improve electric infrastructure in rural areas

USDA: Rural Development Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is making loans to electric cooperatives that will help continue to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to rural residents, business and institutions in nine states. –Press release on Feb. 28th 2017

Restore wetlands in agricultural lands

USDA: Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities. –Press release on Mar. 9th 2017

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Department of Labor

Trump Alignment Score: +50%

*Senate Confirmation Hearing for R. Alexander Acosta not yet held.

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Health of economy based on unemployment stats

DOL: “In the week ending February 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 246,000. The 4-week moving average was 244,250, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 248,000. This is the lowest level for this average since November 3, 1973 when it was 244,000.” –News Release on Feb. 9th 2017

Trump: “Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.” –Speech to Congress on Feb.28th 2017

White House: “Great news for American workers: economy added 235,000 new jobs, unemployment rate drops to 4.7% in first report for @POTUS Trump” –Twitter on Mar. 10th 2017

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Support for reemployment and job training

DOL: For many of our nation’s at-risk youth, getting educated and starting a successful career are goals often out of reach. Across the U.S., YouthBuild programs seek to help these young people reach their full potential by providing critical job skills in construction to help propel them towards professional success. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of grant funding to support and expand YouthBuild programs nationwide. For those programs that offer the “YouthBuild Construction Plus” model, participating youth can take advantage of expanded occupational skills training in additional in-demand occupations, such as health care, information technology or logistics. –News release on Mar. 9th 2017

DOL: The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of approximately $12 million in funding from the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program to provide America’s military veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them attain good civilian jobs and transition successfully from homelessness to sustainable housing. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. –New brief on Feb. 28th 2017

DOL: On Dec. 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a National Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $5,586,385, with $2,888,266 released initially, to provide reemployment and training services to about 900 transitioning military service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood, Washington. –News brief on Feb. 7th 2017

DOL: The U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $2 million, with $1,080,465 released initially, to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to provide reemployment services to dislocated coal workers affected by industry layoffs. –News brief on Jan. 24th 2017

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