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President Trump Signed a Thing, but Then What Happened?

by Countable | 5.17.17

President Donald Trump has signed dozens of executive orders and presidential memorandums. Some of them are one-offs. They proclaim something or change something and that’s it, done. But others establish timelines for reporting and other actions focused on altering the long term nature of policy and governmental structures.

At almost four months in some of those deadlines have been reached and some are fast approaching. Here’s an update on how those efforts are proceeding and where you can go to find out more. Let’s jump in!

Jan 24: Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline & Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

  • The Keystone pipeline was approved by the U.S. State Department. The president announced it on March 24.
  • Keystone construction is held up currently by the state of Nebraska, which is still collecting public comments.
  • Native tribes have organized protests and are requesting meetings with TransCanada to reconsider the Keystone route. Negotiations are ongoing.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers issued an easement allowing for construction of the final section of the Dakota Access Pipeline in early February.
  • Energy Transfer Partners filed a status report with the federal court March 27 saying that oil was flowing through the pipeline and the system would soon be in full operation.

Jan. 24: Presidential Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing

  • Department of Commerce began requesting input on the impact of federal regulations on domestic manufacturing March 7. Comments can be viewed here.
  • According to the memorandum a report was due within 60 days, which would have been late March. The Washington Post reported on April 16 that the report is expected in late May.

Jan 26: Presidential Memorandum on Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was directed to present a "Readiness Review" within 30 days, recommendations for the fiscal year 2017 budget to address shortfalls, and a plan of action to reach department goals by FY 2019 in 60 days.
  • Military leaders made an appropriation proposal to the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee in late March.
  • None of the stipulated reports are currently available on the Dept. of Defense website.

Feb 24: Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda

  • Within 60 days the head of each agency (listed here) was directed to appoint a Regulatory Reform Officer and a Regulatory Reform Task Force.
  • The EPA published their agency response and updates here. They received 55,100 comments when they called for public input.
  • Under the Dept of Commerce, the US. Patent and Trademark Office outlines their task force here.
  • No searches of the Depts. of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration turned up any publicly available information.

Feb. 28: Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the "Waters of the United States" Rule

  • The EPA was directed to review the definition of "waters of the United States."
  • How the "waters of the United States" is defined affects enforcement of the Clean Water Act — including tribal and state certification programs, pollution permits, and oil spill prevention and planning programs.
  • The EPA has created an extensive website for citizens to track the review and redefinition process.

March 28: Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

March 31: Presidential Executive Order Regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits

  • Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits from the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative due by late June.

April 27: Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act

  • Ordered the Secretary of the Interior to review all national monument designations over 100,000 acres since 1996 and present a report concerning possible changes within 120 days.

  • Special report ordered on Bears Ears National Monument in Utah within 45 days. That’s coming soon — Monday, June 12.

As always, Countable wants to provide information to you to actively participate in your government. Let us know what other executive orders and presidential memoranda you are wondering about. They signed a thing, but then what actually happened? We’ll help you find out.


Have questions about Trump's executive actions? Let us know! Send us an email and you could see your answer in a future post.

— Asha Sanaker

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  • Leila
    05/17/2017
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    I believe, given the possible impeachment on the horizon, that all executive orders should be put on hold until this mess is resolved. I'm not sure our president is is of sound mind, he's still campaigning, throws fits like a toddler, tweets like a junior high schooler and should be made to rewatch all his campaign speeches where he accused others of incompetence, treason and libelous behavior!

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  • Azrael
    05/17/2017
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    Until this administration is convicted or cleared nothing further No appointments No laws No executive orders NO

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  • Tamera
    05/17/2017
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    I object to dismantling of Clean Power Plan

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  • Mindful
    05/18/2017
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    BE HONEST....to all of us! This 'pipeline' will travel all over lands, some inviolate, to the Gulf States for further processing and then SOLD to whomever. NONE OF THIS 'dirty oil' will be USED by U. S.. I repeat, NOT FOR U. S.! Only jobs of any consequence will be for 2yr. construction, then afterwards-years onward only few laborers needed. See, not a good deal in long/meaningful job security. BE HONEST.

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  • M
    05/17/2017
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    To quote the great philosopher, Robert Marley, "all suit, no man".

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  • Nan
    05/18/2017
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    Trump has worked hard to dismantle protections for working Americans and our environment. Until he is cleared of a Russian collusion and giving classified information to other countries public ally (yes, remember that though US press wasn't there- Russian press was!) he should be blocked from dismantling anything else through executive order.

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  • Surender
    05/18/2017
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    There are three ways one can be stupid ... born, acquire, thrust upon... trump qualifies for all three! Add to that the impotent and self serving congress and you have a rudderless country!

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  • Jaia
    05/18/2017
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    I believe, given the possible impeachment on the horizon, that all executive orders should be put on hold until this mess is resolved. I'm not sure our president is is of sound mind, he's still campaigning, throws fits like a toddler, tweets like a junior high schooler and should be made to rewatch all his campaign speeches where he accused others of incompetence, treason and libelous behavior!

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  • Rusty
    05/18/2017
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    Time to put all of Trumps edicts on hold. Leave the ACA alone and leave Tax"reform" alone. Trumps WH needs investigation and until we have some answers Trump doesn't get to pull the levers. You Republicans have turned a blind eye to this unfit candidate who turned into the most unfit president of the US of all time! The Republican part should never advanced such an unqualified and crazy candidate. Do the right thing for America and don't let this clown sully our reputation in the World.

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  • Leslie
    05/18/2017
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    I hope that you have re thought your agenda. Millions of us knew this would happen and you have stubbornly backed this incompetent fool. If you were to think about your country before your party on a few key issues, perhaps some of us would believe in you again

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  • Mark
    05/18/2017
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    There is no way to spin the Dakota Pipeline positively. Lead the conservative movement against a bad idea.

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  • Samuel
    05/18/2017
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    Don't let him do it

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  • Gary
    05/19/2017
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    What an interesting situation! A bunch of ill informed emotional casual observers , assuming that while no evidence has been brought forth the mere rumor of presidential misconduct will surely lead to impeachment and therefore the president should be precluded from doing what he was elected to do, until these partisan know nothing's are appeased? This might be a preview of how our country might be run under Elizabeth Warren or Maxine Waters, but let's hope better minds prevail.

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  • Loraki
    05/20/2017
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    Countable member Gary W. said: "What an interesting situation! A bunch of ill informed emotional casual observers , assuming that while no evidence has been brought forth the mere rumor of presidential misconduct will surely lead to impeachment and therefore the president should be precluded from doing what he was elected to do, until these partisan know-nothings are appeased? This might be a preview of how our country might be run under Elizabeth Warren or Maxine Waters, but let's hope better minds prevail." I'm with you, Gary! Unfortunately, while the "grownups" were working, snoozing, or being distracted by the idiot box (TV) or something else, their children were being thoroughly indoctrinated with socialist propaganda from their kindergarten year(s) through university! People really need to pay more attention to what's being taught to their children!!! We cannot afford APATHY AND COMPLACENCY in our society, if we want to hold fast to our freedoms and our Republic! As for President Trump, I hope he has some REALLY GOOD STRESS REDUCTION REMEDIES! I don't envy his being vilified and slandered by all the paid and unpaid rabble rousers, unethical "journalists," and backstabbers both within the ranks of the DemoCommies and his own party (like John McCain).

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  • Kennedy
    05/18/2017
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    I believe he should sign reparation for black people everybody else have got reparation XL black Americans they were slaves and they were never compensated for the work that they've done they built this country.

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  • tanyacontois
    05/19/2017
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    With impeachment seeming to be more and more likely each day every executive order that Donald Trump has signed should be blocked by federal judges.

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  • Cynthia
    05/23/2017
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    With impeachment possible, I think all of Trumps signed proposals should be rejected, reversed, and/or otherwise put on hold! Most have and still plan to be disastrous!

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  • Kyle
    05/19/2017
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    Put all executive orders on hold until the investigation is completed ✅

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  • Mary anne
    05/22/2017
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    Do not let the Congress or Senate go back on the clean acts that we have come to know that our environment is moving forward and not backward. It's stupid to even talk about this. Do not let this pass.

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  • Patricia
    05/25/2017
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    President Trump is a high risk to America . He is in a office that is under investigation so any Oder should be held till the investigation is over . My opinion is he took the office for his own benefit instead of helping Americans . He has cost America millions by lining his own pockets. He has also made his businesses places of official government meetings . All at tax payers cost . Please stand for Americans and make sure this man is investigated . Thank you .

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