Given there have been so many sweeping changes in recent political times, the question of what Trump has done as president is on the minds of many. Since taking office in 2017, President Trump has made many changes to existing policies, especially laws and regulations implemented by the Obama administration. Environmental and energy regulation laws have seen a major overhaul under the Trump administration, as well as policies regarding healthcare, immigration, and government programming.
Given the diverse range of public opinion in America, controversial presidential decisions come with any administration and the Trump presidency is no different. Regulations removed by Trump often spurred heated public debates, leaving many either defending or condemning his actions. Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you fall on, your voice matters. Below, you'll find a list of all the deals, regulations, and laws Trump has ended. Vote up the policies you wish were still in place!
In 2017, Trump signed an executive order repealing Obama's 2015 Clean Water Rule, which protected smaller streams and rivers from pollution that would then be carried to larger bodies of water. The executive order starts the legal process of rewriting the legislation.
In June 2017, President Trump announced his plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. The accord, which has the support of more than 190 countries, aims to reduce greenhouse gas admissions worldwide.
In August 2016, the Obama administration began a plan to gradually phase out the use of private prisons due to allegations such facilities were less safe than government run prisons. The Trump administration rescinded this plan in February 2017.
In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which provided legal protection to over 800,000 children who were brought into America illegally.
In October 2017, the US Education Department rescinded 72 guidance documents regarding the rights of students with disabilities under the argument that the documents were outdated or ineffective.
In 2018, Trump's interior department issued a memorandum easing the process of acquiring oil and natural gas permits on public lands. This order effectively overturned previous Obama-era restrictions and guidelines on what would be allowed on public lands.
The Clean Power Plan was put in place by the Obama administration to curb the effects of greenhouse emissions from power plants in conjunction with the global Paris Climate Accord. Trump's Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, led the agency in steps to remove the restrictions in favor of less stringent rules. Pruitt also pushed for more state flexibility in regards to implementing the emissions-cutting plans included in the Clean Power Plan.
When Barack Obama took office, he withdrew 17 opinion letters to employers that had been issued during George W. Bush's second term in office and replaced them with broader guidelines on overtime hours and the classification of contract employees. This increased the liability of large businesses overall for violations of labor laws. In December 2017, Trump reinstated the Bush-era letters.
In February 2017, Congress rejected a federal rule known as the Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers. This rule required oil, natural gas, and mineral companies to report any financial dealings with foreign governments to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Trump then signed the repeal into the law. The rule had been part of various regulations passed in 2010 under Obama.
Michelle Obama led an initiative during her time as First Lady to improve nutrition standards on school lunches, pushing for less sodium-heavy items as well as more whole wheat options. In May 2017, the Trump administration rolled back many of these changes.
An Obama-era ban ensured offshore drilling would not be permitted in portions of the Arctic Ocean under United States control as well as areas in the Atlantic Ocean. In January 2018, the Trump administration revealed a five-year plan to open up offshore drilling in many previously banned areas.
On June 19, 2018, the Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council. President Trump talked about exiting the Council in March 2018, citing bias against Israel as a primary reason.
“I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments," United States UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a press conference.
The decision is more concrete than the less definitive choice of electing to stay a part of the 47-nation body as a nonvoting observer. The decision came a day after Trump was heavily criticized for separating migrant children and their families.
In 2017, the Trump administration withdrew the Obama administration's bathroom protections, which let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity.
In response to the Sandy Hook shooting, the Obama administration passed a regulation that required individuals receiving Social Security checks for mental illness who could not handle their own finances be added to the national background check database. This would make it more difficult for such individuals to purchase firearms. In February 2017, Trump signed a bill that rolled back these regulations.
In October 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would no longer reimburse insurance companies for the subsidies required under the Affordable Care Act. Many insurers had anticipated the move and built a surplus into their budgets; other carriers may be forced to raise rates.
The Dakota Access Pipeline was a source of heavy debate for a long time as opponents of its construction worried about the environmental impact and the fact it ran through the sacred burial ground of Native American tribes. The Obama administration eventually blocked the construction of the pipeline in late 2016. In February 2017 the Trump administration granted the necessary permits to complete the pipeline.
The Affordable Care Act, passed under President Obama, included a mandate requiring birth control and other contraceptive devices be covered under health insurance policies. In October 2017, the Trump administration issued various new rules about the ACA, including a rewrite that allows more insurance companies to opt out of providing contraceptive devices for religious reasons.
In response to allegations surrounding an increase in police brutality, the Obama administration signed an executive order preventing police from obtaining military gear such as large-caliber weapons and armored vehicles. In August 2017, the Trump administration lifted the ban.
In 2017, the Trump administration issued a stay on an Obama-era rule regarding pay data collection. The stay eliminates the requirement for companies with 100 or more employees to report information about what employees get paid by job category, sex, race, and ethnicity.
In 2018, the Trump administration halted the 1997 program National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, which helped physicians and others determine effective treatments for substance abuse and what interventions may be ineffective. The program's website listed 453 behavioral health programs that had been rigorously studied and proven to be successful. While this database will remain online, the Trump administration's changes mean no new programs will be added.
In April 2017, Trump signed legislation that rolled back an Obama-era regulation requiring that states pass along federal funding from family-planning acts to medical organizations that provide abortion services. The roll back would allow states to opt out of funding these organizations.
In 2016, the Obama administration issued a letter claiming states could not bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal reimbursement for treating Medicaid patients. In 2018, Trump issued a new letter that rescinded Obama's letter.
In April 2018, President Trump announced that he would be ending the "catch and release" immigration policy. This allowed immigrants who entered the United States illegally to leave detention while awaiting status hearings.
In 2017, President Trump signed a bill repealing internet privacy rules, which would have given users more control over how their data can be used. The use of things like location, financial information, and medical information would have required an individual's permission to be used by companies to create target ads.
In May 2018, President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The cornerstones of the deal committed Iran to limit its production of nuclear weapons material while the United States waived sanctions on oil sales. These economic sanctions will be reinstated now that Trump ended the deal.