Trump Unveils 100-Day ‘Contract with the American Voter’
GOP nominee stakes out bold agenda, says 'change has to come from outside our very broken system'
Donald Trump delivered his “contract with the American voter” on Saturday, outlining a “100-day action plan to make America great again.”
Speaking in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil and the location where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the eternal Gettysburg Address, Trump pledged to bring change to Washington and unity to a broken nation.
“Hillary Clinton is not running against me — she’s running against change.”
“Change has to come from outside our very broken system,” Trump said in his address. “I’m not a politician, and have never wanted to be one. But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I knew I couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. Our country has been so good to me. I love our country. I felt I had to act,” said Trump.
Trump promised he would pursue six measures designed to curb government corruption on his first day in office. These include a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all of Congress and a hiring freeze on all federal employees other than military, public safety and public health employees.
In addition, Trump said he would pursue a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations be removed. He also promised a five-year ban on congressional and White House officials becoming lobbyists, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government, and a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American campaigns. “We will drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., and replace it with a new government of, by and for the people,” Trump said.
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Trump also said he will pursue a series of measures designed to protect the American worker. He announced his “intention to totally renegotiate NAFTA” or withdraw from the deal under article 2205. Trump said he will also “direct my secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator [and] direct the secretary of commerce and U.S. trade representatives to identify all foreign trade abuses” and use every legal tool at their disposal to end them.
Trump also pledged to lift all “restrictions on the production of 50 trillion dollars worth of job-producing energy reserves” including oil, shale and coal. “We will put our miners back to work,” Trump said. He also said he will lift the “Obama Clinton roadblocks” that prevent America’s ability to make the most of its own energy resources.
Trump also promised five steps he would take to reinforce the safety and security of the American people and their Constitution. Trump said his first step will be to cancel “every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum, and order issued by President Obama.”
He will then initiate the process of replacing Justice Scalia, cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities, and “begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.” He also promised to “suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur.”
In addition to first-day acts, Trump said he will spend the first 100 days of his term working with Congress on a series of acts to restore America’s economy and security. Trump claimed his Middle Class Tax Relief Simplification Act would grow the economy by 4 percent a year and create 25 million new jobs through simplifying the tax code, regulation relief and lifting restrictions on energy production.
The middle class would receive large tax reductions, with a middle class family of two seeing an approximate tax cut of 35 percent. “Current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3 and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified,” said Trump, and the “business rate lowered from 35 to 15 percent.”
Trump also announced an End Offshoring Act, which would establish tariffs to discourage companies from laying off American workers and moving operations overseas. “When they do that there will be consequences,” Trump promised.
To great applause, Trump revealed the Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act, which he said will “fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with health savings accounts.” Trump also said the act would lift restrictions that prevent health insurance being purchased across state lines, and would put states in charge of Medicaid funds.
The American Infrastructure Act will create public private partnerships through tax incentives to “spur 100 million dollars of infrastructure investment,” Trump said, while the School Choice and Education Opportunity Act will give parents the ability to send their kid to any school — public, private, charter or otherwise — of their choice, and repeal Common Core, putting education in the hands of local communities.
Trump also announced the End Illegal Immigration Act, which includes the construction of the border wall with Mexico, establishes two-year mandatory minimum sentences for an illegal alien who reenters after having been deported previously, and a five-year minimum mandatory sentence for those with criminal convictions or who have been deported multiple times before.
In regard to protecting Americans’ safety, Trump introduced the Restoring Community Safety Act and the Restoring National Security Act. Trump said the national security act will eliminate the defense sequester, expand military investment, initiate major VA reform, and reinforce the nation’s cyber security infrastructure.
The community safety act will create a special task force on violent crime, increase funding for law enforcement training and support programs, and increase the resources of of federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to pursue gang members and other violent offenders.
“Hillary Clinton is not running against me — she’s running against change,” Trump said. “I have no special interest but you, the American voter.”