Blog | Quiet Successes
Amid the relentless stream of divisive rhetoric spilling out of the Capitol, Congress is getting things done. President Trump has signed several bills into law that, while not generating a lot of publicity, mark real progress. We should all hope that these quiet successes establish a foundation for compromise on a range other issues.
H.R.321—Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act was introduced by Problem Solver Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and had 16 Democratic cosponsors. The bill’s purpose is to direct NASA to encourage women to study in STEM fields and pursue careers in aerospace.
That same day, the President signed H.R.255— Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. The purpose of both bills is to promote equal opportunities for women in fields where they have been under-represented.
Trump also signed into law the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017,” which earned 10 Democratic cosponsors and 6 Republican cosponsors in the Senate.
The most notable piece of bipartisan legislation signed by Trump so far, however, is the nearly $1.2 trillion spending bill. The bill included a $21 billion increase in defense spending, continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities and avoided many of the deep spending cuts President Trump had supported.
The lack of coverage of these bills is likely the result of the fact that they were “no-brainers.” But the successful passage of bipartisan legislation early in Trump’s presidency fosters hope that cooperation and agreement across the aisle can continue to grow.