(NationalSentinel) Executive Branch: With his first 100 days in the history books, President Donald J. Trump is now turning to additional legislative and policy objectives: Reaffirming constitutional religious freedom and getting an infrastructure bill through Congress.
As reported by The Daily Signal, tax reform is also on the agenda, as is, most likely, resumption of an effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“We want to have legislation that has a profound impact on religious liberty, one that has profound impact on education, that has profound impact on health care,” Helen Aguirre Ferré, White House media affairs director, said in an interview Friday.
“These are just some of the issues we are working on that’s going to be absolutely critical going forward, not putting a timetable on it,” she added. “But having something relevant and important is much more important than saying we’re going to do it in the first 100 days. It would be nice to say we did it in the first 100 days. But it’s not necessary.”
She added the president intended to prioritize the military and veterans – the latter of which should benefit from a recently-signed bill giving vets more private-sector healthcare choices, among other things – as well as school choice for parents fed up with failing local public schools.
“Keep your eyes open for religious liberty,” Ferré said. “It’s going to be an issue. The president made a commitment about the Johnson [Amendment] and I think he’s going to keep that commitment.”
The Daily Signal noted further:
The Johnson Amendment, named for Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas years before the Democrat became president, restricts churches from engaging in political expression at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status.
Trump said during the campaign and at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year that he was committed to doing away with the rule. Legislation exists to do so. However, many conservatives have urged the president to go further in an executive action to protect religious expression.
As for tax reform, the president rolled out a plan last week that would cut top corporate rates from 39 percent to 15 percent and lower personal rates as well, in addition to doing away with some deductions.
But clearly the president wants an infrastructure package as well.
“Our infrastructure is in dire need and as a developed nation and the leader of the free world, we are the most behind when it comes to investment in infrastructure,” Ferré said. “We know that we need at least $1 trillion to be able to improve our infrastructure and bring it up to speed, and we have a lot of foreign competition in that regard.”