After a big legislative win with tax reform days before Christmas, President Trump has his mind set on even bigger accomplishments for 2018. Some of his rumored plans include infrastructure and welfare reform as well as revisiting healthcare and immigration reform. Trump is set to meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at Camp David on January 6th and 7th to set forth an official agenda. Let’s take a closer look:
Infrastructure reform is a top priority for President Trump and the Republican party in 2018. Trump hopes infrastructure will be an easy bipartisan win. According to Business Insider, President Trump’s administration has compiled a list of 50 infrastructure projects. The list totals $137.5 billion in investment. Business Insider also reports that a bipartisan panel will approve which projects to go forward with.
Though Trump was not a huge advocate for welfare reform during his 2016 presidential campaign, Speaker Paul Ryan has pushed for it to become a major component of the Republican’s 2018 agenda. The Trump administration is expected to issue an executive order in 2018 to conduct a thorough review of all welfare programs. “We want to get our people off of welfare and back to work,” Trump said, referring to our current welfare system as “out of control.” In an interview with TIME magazine, Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, believes the Administration could “promote principles such as work requirements, removing marriage penalties from benefits, paying programs for outcomes rather than services provided and moving the cost burden of welfare programs more to the states.”
After much debate over immigration among Democrats and Republicans in Trump’s first year as president, Trump is now hoping to strike a deal between both parties in Congress. According to the Hill, Senate Republicans met with Trump in November. They agreed on immigration reform that would offer protection for Dreamers who are at risk of deportation. This would be as long as chain migration will limited and immigration enforcement will be heightened. However, with Trump heavily pushing for welfare and infrastructure reform, it is likely that immigration reform will take a back seat until these items are finished.
Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, did not go as planned in 2017. Trump and the Republicans are expected to re-tackle the issue, especially before the possibility of losing Republican seats in the 2018 midterm elections.