Fri, June 30, 2017: Trump signs executive order re-establishing National Space Council

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday, reinstating the National Space Council which has been dormant for nearly 25 years.

“Today’s announcement sends a clear signal to the world that we are restoring America’s proud legacy of leadership in space,” Trump said at the signing in the Roosevelt Room, which was attended by veteran astronaut Colonel Buzz Aldrin.

“With the actions we are launching today, America will think big once again.  Important words:  Think big.  We haven’t been thinking so big for a long time, but we’re thinking big again as a country,” the president continued. Continue reading “Fri, June 30, 2017: Trump signs executive order re-establishing National Space Council”

Thur, June 15, 2017: Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships and Workforce of Tomorrow

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.

Trump signed an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-and-earn programs under a grant system called ApprenticeshipUSA. The money would come from existing job training programs. The executive order would leave it to industry to design apprenticeships under broad standards to be set by the Labor Department.

“We’re training people to have great jobs and high paying jobs,” Trump said at a White House ceremony. “We’re here today to celebrate the dignity of work and the greatness of the American worker.” Continue reading “Thur, June 15, 2017: Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships and Workforce of Tomorrow”

Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump signs executive order promoting religious liberty and free speech

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order on religious liberties designed to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions.

The order also mandates regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor.

It does not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom, as was feared by some civil liberties and gay rights groups. Continue reading “Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump signs executive order promoting religious liberty and free speech”

Sat, Apr. 29, 2017: Trump tours factory in PA, signs executive order on trade

President Donald Trump made a stop before his rally in Harrisburg Saturday to tour a Midstate factory and sign an executive order about trade.

The President signed the executive order at the Ames factory in Harrisburg. Workers there called this a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something they’ll never forget.

The executive order directs his Commerce Department and the U.S. Trade Representative to perform a comprehensive study of the country’s trade agreements. The idea is to determine if America is being treated fairly by its trading partners and the World Trade Organization.

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Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order aimed at expanding drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, saying it will reverse his predecessor’s Arctic leasing ban and create “great jobs and great wealth” for the country.

Trump said the executive order, titled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” will direct a “review of the locations available for off-shore oil and gas exploration” and related regulations.

“Today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs,” Trump said in his announcement.

“Our country is blessed with incredible natural resources, including abundant offshore oil and natural gas reserves,” he said. “But the federal government has kept 94 percent of these offshore areas closed for exploration and production.”

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Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump signs executive order pulling federal government out of K-12 education

In a move meant to follow through on promises he made to conservatives during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to rein in federal control of education in the United States.

The order, which Trump signed while flanked by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, initiates a process that could see substantial changes made to K-12 education in the United States, the clearest signal yet that Trump hopes to put his stamp on the Education Department before his 100th day in office on Saturday.

“We know that local communities do it best and know it best,” Trump said, calling the order “another critical step to restoring local control, which is so important.”

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Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order to roll back Obama-era climate actions, power plant emissions rule

President Donald Trump, surrounded by coal miners, signs his administration's executive order on energy that aims to unleash fossil fuel development by undoing the Obama administration's climate change policies. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at rolling back a number of Obama-era climate policies.

The action sets in motion an overhaul of President Barack Obama’s landmark rule to reduce carbon emissions from power plants and rescinds a number of executive actions aimed at reining in climate change or mitigating its effects.

Trump will also seek to align federal agencies’ policies with his goal of boosting U.S. fossil fuel production and achieving energy independence.

On Tuesday, he reiterated his long-held view that Obama-era policies were killing jobs. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order to roll back Obama-era climate actions, power plant emissions rule”

Mon, Mar. 13. 2017: Trump signs executive order to make his government more efficient

President Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at cutting waste in the federal government.

Trump signed the measure in the Oval Office, telling reporters it requires a “thorough examination of every executive department and agency” to find out “where money is being wasted [and] how services can be improved.”

The order does not seek a set amount of cuts, but it could result in a push to eliminate entire federal agencies or dramatically cut the size of the federal workforce.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will oversee a government-wide review, which will involve outside experts as well as federal officials.

The president, flanked by his Cabinet secretaries, said the order would “develop a detailed plan to make the federal government … more efficient and very, very cost productive.”

Agency heads are instructed to provide their recommendations within six months to Mulvaney, who would submit them to Congress before implementation.

This executive order is part of the administration’s aggressive push to shrink the federal government.

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