Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What's Happened: President Trump Signs FOUR Resolution Into Law

March 27, 2017
6:00 P.M. EDT
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good evening to everyone who is here.  Just briefly, I just want to remind everyone that this is on background.  It's attributable to a senior White House official and is embargoed until 11:00 p.m. this evening.
With that, I'm going to hand it over to [senior administration official], who many of you have seen up here before, to talk about energy and environmental policy.  So I will turn it over.  Those in the room will be able to ask questions.  The phone line does not take questions, so following the opening remarks, we will take questions at the end.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Thank you.  So, as was mentioned, I guess we've been waiting for this for a while.  We're going to get the executive order on energy independence out tomorrow.  The President will sign it.  This policy is in keeping with President Trump's desire to make the United States energy independent.
March 27, 2017
If confirmed, Makan Delrahim of California will serve as an Assistant Attorney General (Anti-Trust Division) at the Department of Justice. Mr. Delrahim currently serves as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President.  Previously, he was a partner at a national law firm in Los Angeles, practicing antitrust and intellectual property law.  He was also an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University.  Prior to private practice, he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the Justice Department.  He served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property, and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. 
March 27, 2017
America has long led the world in innovation and technological advancement.  American ingenuity has launched industries, created jobs, and improved quality of life at home and abroad.  To ensure that America remains the global innovation leader, I hereby direct the Senior Advisor to the President to head an office in the White House dedicated to American innovation.
March 27, 2017
Althea Coetzee, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration, vice Douglas J. Kramer.
Scott Gottlieb, of Connecticut, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services, vice Robert McKinnon Califf.
William Francis Hagerty IV, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Japan.
March 27, 2017
H.J.Res. 37, which nullifies the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration's Federal Acquisition Regulation:  Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces;
H.J.Res. 44, which nullifies the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management's final rule relating to resource management planning;
H.J.Res. 57, which nullifies the Department of Education's rule relating to State accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act; and
H.J.Res. 58, which nullifies the Department of Education's rule relating to assessing the quality of teacher preparation programs.
March 27, 2017

I’m signing four bills under the Congressional Review Act.  Before this administration only one time in our history had a President signed a bill that used the CRA to cancel a federal regulation.  So we're doing a lot of them, and they deserve to be done.