Study: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days
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President Trump has signed more bills into law than his most recent GOP predecessors in his first 100 days in office but still lacks a major legislative accomplishment, a new study finds.

An analysis released Friday by Quorum, a D.C.-based legislative and public affairs tracking firm, found that Trump has signed 30 bills into law in his first 100 days, which surpasses President George W. Bush’s seven and George H.W. Bush’s 18.

Nearly half of the measures enacted by Trump repeal Obama-era regulations. Republicans have been using an obscure law known as the Congressional Review Act to undo late-term Obama administration rules. Before Trump, the mechanism had only been used once in 2001 since it was created under President Clinton.


Thirteen of the 30 bills Trump has signed fall in that category. The regulations axed by congressional Republicans and Trump would have, among other things, prevented broadband providers from selling consumer data for targeted ads without consumers' consent and prohibited states from denying funds to health providers that offer abortion services.

Quorum’s tally includes the assumption that Trump will sign the weeklong stopgap spending patch Congress passed on Friday to avoid a government shutdown. A longer-term spending package isn’t expected to be unveiled until early next week, after Trump’s 100-day mark on Saturday.

Quorum further concluded that the House has hit record productivity levels in passing 103 bills in Trump’s first 100 days. The previous high in a recent president’s first 100 days was 94 under President Obama, with an average of 58 bills passed. 

Attempts to fulfill the GOP’s seven-year pledge to repeal and replace ObamaCare are still stalled in the House after leaders canceled a vote last month.

The White House had been pushing for a vote on the latest version of the GOP’s healthcare bill this week before Trump’s 100-day mark, but the measure was still short of enough votes to pass. The Hill’s whip list found at least 21 mostly centrist Republicans planned to vote against the bill, just around the maximum of 22 defections GOP leaders can afford.

The Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk MORE (R-Ky.), meanwhile, hit a new low of only five bills passed in the first 100 days, less than half the 11-bill average.

Senators have spent most of the first 100 days plowing through confirmations of Trump administration nominees. The Senate most recently confirmed Alexander Acosta as Labor secretary on Thursday.

The Senate also confirmed Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, earlier this month. 

Most of the bills signed by Trump are mostly noncontroversial measures like naming federal buildings, authorizing funds for NASA, encouraging women to enter science career paths and authorizing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather forecasting programs. 

Lawmakers also passed legislation granting Defense Secretary James Mattis a waiver from the law that forbids anyone from serving in the post until they’ve been retired from the military for at least seven years.