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Tracking politicians' promises


Tracking Obama's promises

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Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress


Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Promises we’ve rated recently

Dramatically scale back the EPA

The Promise:

"Department of Environmental Protection. We are going to get rid of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left, but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out."

Update: Trump rolls back EPA rules, but the agency is far from gone

Create a health savings account

The Promise:

"Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate."

Update: Health Savings Accounts much the same as when Trump took office

Allow free access to the drug market

The Promise:

"Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products."

Update: More progress for some types of drugs, less for others

Open up libel laws

The Promise:

"I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”

Update: Trump’s promise to ‘open up our libel laws’ is Stalled

Close parts of the Internet where ISIS is

The Promise:

Speaking of ISIS, "We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet and we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people… we've got to maybe do something with the Internet because they (ISIS) are recruiting by the thousands, they are leaving our country and then when they come back, we take them back."

Update: ISIS is diminished, but Trump has not banned it from the internet

Invest $550 billion in infrastructure and create an infrastructure fund

The Promise:

 "The Trump Administration seeks to invest $550 billion to ensure we can export our goods and move our people faster and safer."

Update: No action evident on creating infrastructure fund

Declare China a currency manipulator

The Promise:

"Instruct the Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator."

Update: After declaring China a currency manipulator, Trump administration reverses itself

End the defense sequester

The Promise:

“As soon as I take office I will ask Congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester and will submit a new budget to rebuild our military. It is so depleted. We will rebuild our military.”

Update: Trump, lawmakers have consistently sidestepped the defense sequester

Bring back manufacturing

The Promise:

"My plan includes a pledge to restore manufacturing in the United States."

Update: No overall improvement for manufacturing sector under Trump

Make no cuts to Social Security

The Promise:

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”

Update: Trump proposed cuts, but Congress didn’t bite

Make no cuts to Medicaid

The Promise:

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” 

Update: Work requirement waivers undermine pledge on Medicaid cuts

Expand mental health programs

The Promise:

"We need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country."

Update: Trump’s mixed record on mental-health services

Grow the economy by 4 percent a year

The Promise:

“We're bringing it (the GDP) from 1 percent up to 4 percent. And I actually think we can go higher than 4 percent. I think you can go to 5 percent or 6 percent.”

Update: Even before coronavirus recession, the economy under Trump never grew by 4%

Guarantee 6-week paid leave

The Promise:

“We can provide six weeks of paid maternity leave to any mother with a newborn child whose employer does not provide the benefit.” 

Update: Vast majority of workers still don’t have paid leave, though federal workers do

Call for an international conference to defeat ISIS

The Promise:

"As president, I will call for an international conference focused on this goal. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel."

Update: Trump’s counterterrorism efforts include continued global coalition meetings, but no new conference