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Nine Things the GOP Congress Must Do

Donald Trump can be a great president.

But for that to happen, two things must occur: He must follow through on key campaign commitments, and the Republican Congress must act on them.

Here are nine commitments Trump made that the incoming Congress should make happen:

1. Completely repeal Obamacare.

Trump’s position paper on health care said: “Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must: Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.”

It further stated that reforms put in place after the repeal should “follow free market principles that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country.”

Congress must immediately repeal Obamacare — and enact only reforms that “follow free market principles.”

2. Confirm pro-life constitutionalists to the Supreme Court.

“The freedoms we cherish and the constitutional values and principles our country was founded on are in jeopardy,” Trump stated in September. “The responsibility is greater than ever to protect and uphold these freedoms and I will appoint justices, who, like Justice Scalia, will protect our liberty with the highest regard for the Constitution.”

In a letter to pro-life leaders, Trump added: “I am committed to … (n)ominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The Senate should confirm only nominees who fit the model Trump advocated.

3. Build the wall and enforce the immigration laws.

In his immigration plan, Trump promised to: “Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on Day One.”

“All immigration laws will be enforced — we will triple the number of ICE agents,” said the plan. “Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation.”

Trump’s plan also would “turn off the jobs and benefits magnet” for illegal immigrants. “Many immigrants come to the U.S. illegally in search of jobs,” it said, “even though federal law prohibits the employment of illegal immigrants.”

Congress should enact all legislation needed to build Trump’s wall and fully enforce the immigration laws.

4) Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

“I am committed to … (s)igning into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide,” Trump said in his letter to pro-life leaders.

Congress should place that bill on Trump’s desk by Jan. 27, the day of the 2017 March for Life.

5) Defund Planned Parenthood.

“I am committed to … (d)efunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions,” Trump said in his letter. Congress should defund Planned Parenthood in the first spending bill it sends Trump.

6) Cut income tax rates and end the “death tax.”

“The Trump Plan will collapse the current seven tax brackets to three brackets,” says Trump’s tax plan. It would cut the top rate from 39.6 percent to 33 percent.

Additionally, Trump’s plan would “repeal the death tax,” which can be a confiscatory tax on family owned businesses. It also drops the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.

A great Congress would go further than Trump’s plan. It would enact the “Fair Tax Act” that would eliminate the income tax, replace it with a sales tax and set the stage for repeal of the 16th Amendment, which made direct federal taxation of individual incomes plausible.

But enacting Trump’s plan to cut tax rates and abolish the death tax is a good start to reining in federal tax collections.

7) Make better trade deals.

In 2015, the U.S. had a merchandise trade deficit of $745.66 billion, according to the Census Bureau. Since 1979, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation has lost more than 7 million manufacturing jobs.

Trump’s trade plan calls for negotiating “fair trade deals that create American jobs, increase American wages, and reduce America’s trade deficit.” That includes withdrawing from the not-yet-approved Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiating NAFTA.

The Senate should ratify better trade deals when they are negotiated.

8) End our nation-building foreign policy.

Trump’s foreign policy plan says he will end “the current strategy of nation-building and regime change.” Congress should support this, including by reasserting its constitutional authority over the use of military force. That means the president may not use force — except to repel a sudden attack on the United States — unless Congress authorizes it.

9) Enact a balanced budget.

Sean Hannity asked Trump on Fox News on June 17, 2015: “Would you insist on a balanced budget as president?” Trump responded: “I would insist on it relatively soon.”

When President Barack Obama took office, the federal debt was about 10.6 trillion. Now it is about $19.9 trillion.

Obama and the last Republican Congress kept America on the road to bankruptcy. President Trump and the new Republican Congress must lead us back the other way — and they cannot do it too soon.


Terence Jeffrey
Terence P. Jeffrey is editor-in-chief of the conservative US Internet news service, a position he assumed in September 2007. He became Editor of Human Events, a national conservative weekly in the United States, in 1996.
  • Tim Kern

    DRAIN the SWAMP!
    The only thing that might save the Republic from its otherwise likely lawless demise will be to try those highly-placed former “public servants” for abuse of power, lying to Congress, misappropriation of funds, diversion, and, in a few cases, treason.

    Fines don’t matter. Reparations might. But only prison will send the real message: we are a nation of laws. Even for YOU!

    • DavidMacko

      I agree except that I would like to know what you mean by trying criminals “in a few cases” of treason? Based on the last several decades there have been many more than a few cases of treason.

      • Jerryb53

        Hillary, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Josh Ernest, IRS Commissioner, do I need to go on?

        • DavidMacko

          That is a very good start.

    • Jerryb53

      Agree 100%. Then he must institute the Fair Tax which would abolish 1 criminal Agency, the IRS. Then go step by step and abolish all the rest of the Criminal Agebcies.

    • ToniStimmel

      Firing squads and gallows send a much stronger message especially in this day of Country Club Prisons

  • Bob

    It has become tiresome listening to these faux conservatives whine and cry about the current Republican congress. What these sideline cry babies fail to recognize is that it was this congress that forced that useless Obama to use his phone and pen if not for them we would be burdened with more legislation just like Obamacare. Show some respect and stop Monday morning quarterbacking those who are actually doing something to right our ship and not just lounging on the sidelines writhing about it.

  • parthenon1

    Only one mistake that I see other wise a well written article. The correction: The .Democrats had control of congress for the last 2 years of Bush’es term. i can still remember the glee Nancy Pelosi had when they tied all sorts of non connected bills to critical legislation, ( costing billions), but I also blame Bush for not fighting harder to stop or slow them at that time.

    • DavidMacko

      Bush also deserves condemnation for the unconstitutional, unnecessary, counterproductive war in Iraq and losing Congress for the last half of his second term.

  • Mydogrules

    10) Launch an immediate investigation as to whether or Obama abused the power of the Justice Department to launch witch hunts against George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson, the City of Ferguson and the Chicago Police Department; and to what degree Obama’s incredibly inflammatory and totally unsubstantiated claim that “racist cops are killing black folks for no reason” may have contributed to the murder of police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge and elsewhere.


  • SeaDragon

    What does he mean by, ” The NEW republican Congress ???” These are the SAME old QTips that have run this country into her grave dating back 30-40 years. I’m old enough to remember when mom stayed home and raised the family and we did not do without. Now a days BOTH parent HAVE to work only to make it paycheck to paycheck. No time for families, no time for nice dinners at home, and God forbid if you have young children at home and have to pay for day care, because those parents are now working just to work. Meantime the crooks in office are raking in millions on a $40,000. a year salary. Yeah, DRAIN THAT SWAMP.

  • JPR11

    We would be happy to see progress on killing socialized health care, closing the border to unskilled illegals and the billions in illegal drugs, supporting business and economic growth, repealing Obama regs, balancing the budget and restoring our international reputation. If Trump can make progress on these areas in the next 4 years he will be a Winner. Obviously, careful strengthening of the military, pushing for a conservative court and dealing with Russia and China on higher level are a must. The Trump plate is full. We wish him much success!

    • letfreedomring10

      Lets not just wish him well, but back him up when he needs it.

  • Niku

    What about the National Debt? It is conceivable, but not likely, that Trump’s ideas, such as they are, could conceivably lead to an improvement in the trade balance, However, the National Debt is another thing. So far, Trump shows no interest in that, and that is something that threatens to wreck our entire economy. Well, he’s not alone. Conservatives constantly harp on today’s national debt, but it will be forgotten as soon as Trump takes office. It’s but another example of how facts don’t matter, sides do. Yes, today, the only important thing is which side you’re on. That alone determines what you believe, or are supposed to believe. It may very well turn out that the greatest threat that Trump presents to out Republic is its total economic collapse. I just hope that he builds the wall before that happens.