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Track-Trump January 20, 2017


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Day One of the Trump presidency saw the confirmation of two cabinet appointees, executive actions related to healthcare and housing, and a memo guiding executive agencies to halt the creation of new regulations.

President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense retired General James Mattis was approved with a 98-1 vote. Earlier in the day, President Trump cleared the way for his nominee by signing a bill waiving a requirement that military personnel wait seven years after retiring before serving in a civilian post. Later, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, retired General John Kelly, was confirmed with an 88-11 vote.

President Trump issued an executive order guiding executive agencies to cooperate to the fullest extent possible while the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced by a “more free and open healthcare market.” President Trump also suspended an executive action issued by President Obama, which had lowered insurance premiums on Federal Housing Authority-insured mortgages.

Finally, white House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus distributed a memo instructing executive department and agency heads, among other things, to send no new regulations to the Office of the Federal Register unless they are approved by the President or a presidential designee.

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