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May 01, 2017 Article 5 min read
While it is an arbitrary measuring stick, the first 100 days of a Presidential administration has often been viewed as an early gauge of the potential effectiveness and priorities of that administration.

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Executive summary

  • While it is an arbitrary measuring stick, the first 100 days of a Presidential administration has often been viewed as an early gauge of the potential effectiveness and priorities of that administration.
  • The first major legislative initiative taken on by the President and Republican leaders was reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which turned out to be a more daunting task than they expected.
  • While some progress has been made, there still appears to be significant work to be done related to many areas, including a few key targets for regulatory reform (the ACA and Dodd-Frank). Similarly, tax reform is in the early discussion phases, while a comprehensive infrastructure bill appears likely to be pushed into 2018.
  • The President’s agenda faces challenges not only from Democrats, but the conservative wing of his own party. To make progress, Republicans will need to either consolidate support within their base or reach across the aisle to court moderate Democrats to achieve some legislative wins.
  • The limited progress on key legislation since the inauguration reinforces two things that are worth remembering: forecasting is difficult at best, and political reality is very different than campaign proposals.

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