June 30: Clarified federal efforts to defend against agricultural terrorism.
June 27: Changed rules for the Merit Systems Protection Board.
June 23: Allowed the Veterans Affairs secretary to remove, demote or suspend any employee, added whistleblower protections.
June 14: Gave federal workers protections if they refuse to comply with illegal instructions.
June 6: Two measures named a Nashville federal building and courthouse for former GOP Sen. Fred Thompson; changed rules for managing Department of Homeland Security vehicles.
June 2: Two bills encouraged law enforcement agencies to hire veterans; took steps to reduce the backlog of families awaiting approval of survivor benefits for public safety officers.
May 17: Disapproved an Obama Labor Department rule allowing states to create retirement savings programs for non-governmental employees.
May 16: Required the federal government to reimburse federal employees using services such as Uber or Lyft for official travel.
May 12: Nullified an Obama rule requiring some planning organizations to merge or produce unified transportation investment plans.
May 8: Supported Minnesota’s effort to host the 2023 World Expo.
May 5: Approved federal military spending, including troop strength and the fight against ISIS.
April 28: Approved spending and extended health care benefits to some miners and their families.
April 19: Four bills appointed Roger Ferguson, Michael Govan and Steve Case to the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents; extended a program allowing some veterans to receive health care from local doctors and hospitals.
April 18: Improved collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service on warnings.
April 13: Two bills disapproved an Obama Labor Department rule allowing cities to create retirement savings programs for non-governmental employees; allowed states to withhold family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care centers that provide abortions.
April 3: Four measures repealed Obama regulations requiring internet service providers to seek customers’ consent before sharing private data; named three to the Office of Compliance’s board of directors; nullified an Obama rule requiring employers to record workers’ injuries and illnesses and keep those records for five years; reversed rules limiting hunting in Alaska wildlife refuges.
March 31: Three bills approved a memorial to commemorate and honor troops who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield; named a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic”; overturned an Obama regulation restricting states’ ability to drug test recipients of unemployment benefits.
March 28: Encouraged the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
March 27: Four bills nullified regulations allowing the Department of Education to require enforcement of Common Core standards; negated a rule expanding the federal government’s role in teacher preparation; repealed a Bureau of Land Management rule centralizing management of federal lands; disapproved a rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to acquisition regulations.
March 21: Set the NASA budget and asked the agency to reach Mars by 2033.
March 13: Named a Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Pa., the Abie Abraham VA Clinic.
Feb. 28: Three measures required NASA to submit a plan for engaging with and promoting female science, technology engineering and math students in grades K-12; authorized the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women; repealed an Obama rule prohibiting the mentally disabled from purchasing firearms.
Feb. 16: Ended an Obama regulation that prevented coal-mining companies from dumping debris and waste into nearby streams.
Feb. 14: Rolled back financial disclosure requirements for energy firms.
Jan. 31: Authorized the Government Accountability Office to obtain all federal agency records.
Jan. 20: Cleared the way for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ appointment by ending a required 7-year break between active-duty service and that job.
Atop Congress’ to-do list
Repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act
The House passed a bill; a vote on a Senate version was delayed last week because of a lack of GOP support.
Tax cuts and revising the federal tax code
Trump has released a one-page outline of his broad vision. Nothing will happen until after the health care debate.
$1 trillion infrastructure package
Trump has said the plan will be unveiled this summer, but it’s third in line on Capitol Hill after health care and taxes.
Federal spending and the debt limit
Congress must pass 12 funding bills by Oct. 1 or face a shutdown. By mid-October, the debt limit must be raised.