In Focus: Trump's Address to Congress Features Workplace Issues

By Kathy Gurchiek Mar 1, 2017

​In a joint address to Congress on Feb. 28, 40 days into his administration, President Donald Trump blasted the Affordable Care Act, saying it was "collapsing" and calling for its replacement.

He suggested immigration reform based on merit—allowing immigration to those who can "pay their own way"—which he thinks would improve the jobs and wages of Americans. He said his economic team is developing tax reform that "will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone" and providing "massive tax relief for the middle class." 

Trump also touched briefly on paid family leave and investing in women's health.

"My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women's health," he said in prepared remarks. 

Trump Envisions Bill Allowing Many Immigrants to Stay in U.S.  

President Donald Trump wants to pass an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US.

The President is eager to pass a compromise immigration bill in his first term that would stop short of granting a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, but would allow undocumented immigrants who aren't serious or violent criminals to live, work and pay taxes in the U.S. without fear of deportation, a senior administration official said.

Top Takeaways from President Trump's First Address to Congress

Trump for the first time sketched out a new approach to immigration — beyond building the wall and removing people who are here illegally—suggesting that the nation adopt a "merit-based" immigration system.
(USA Today)   

Economists Dispute Trump's Claim That Closed Borders Boost Jobs  

President Donald Trump doubled down on claims that restricting immigration will benefit the U.S. economy—a position widely disputed by economists.

The president said that his crackdown, along with measures to overhaul legal immigration, would improve Americans' employment and wage outlook. While Trump was right to say that 94 million Americans are out of the labor force, the figure includes retirees and students who might prefer not to work at this time.  

Trump Is (Still) Spoiling for a Trade War  

President Trump didn't mention the words "trade war" in his first big speech to Congress Tuesday, but he came pretty close to calling for one. Trump used the speech to paint a dire portrait of the economy: 43 million Americans live in poverty (true), nearly one in five people in their prime working years don't have a job (true) and the recent recovery was the weakest in 65 years (true, at least by one metric).

The problem according to Trump? Trade.

In Speech to Congress, President Trump Says Obamacare is "Collapsing" (video)

In his first speech to Congress, President Trump said "Obamacare is collapsing and we must act decisively" and he called for its replacement. 
(CBS News)   

Trump Pledges 'Paid Family Leave' in First Speech to Congress — But Still Doesn't Mention Fathers 

In his first official address to Congress on Tuesday evening, President Trump appeared to take a more inclusive approach to paid family leave, by not specifying mothers in his speech. Currently, 87 percent of workers get no family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Child care experts say the president's policy should include both parents

Trump Delays New Travel Ban After Well-Reviewed Speech  

President Donald Trump has delayed plans to sign a reworked travel ban in the wake of positive reaction to his first address to Congress, a senior administration official told CNN.

The decision came late Tuesday night as positive reviews flooded in for Trump's speech, which struck a largely optimistic and unifying tone. Signing the executive order Wednesday, as originally indicated by the White House, would have undercut the favorable coverage.   


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