During a White House ‘Made In America’ event, Trump claimed that he signed more bills than any other president in history–which is actually hysterical because he is on pace to sign fewer bills than the previous six presidents have averaged.
We’ve signed more bills — and I’m talking about through the legislature — than any President ever. For a while, Harry Truman had us, and now I think we have everybody, Mike. I better say “think,” otherwise they’ll give me a Pinocchio –and I don’t like those — I don’t like Pinocchios.”
Apparently, our demented president is under the mistaken impression that he has surpassed president Harry Truman when in reality–he doesn’t even come close to Truman’s numbers or any other president for that matter.
According to data compiled by GovTrack, Trump has signed 42 bills so far in his presidency, Jimmy Carter had signed 70 bills, George H.W. Bush had signed 55, and Bill Clinton had signed 50. So now Trump is behind three recent presidents, not to mention FDR, Truman and other earlier presidents.
The New York Times reports:
“In fact, as he approaches six months in office on Thursday, Mr. Trump is slightly behind the law making pace for the past six presidents, who as a group signed an average of 43 bills during the same period. And an analysis of the bills Mr. Trump signed shows that about half were minor and inconsequential, passed by Congress with little debate. Among recent presidents, both the total number of bills he signed and the legislation’s substance make Mr. Trump about average.”
Hopefully, Trump realizes that merely just picking up a pen and scribbling his signature doesn’t measure the quality of the output. For example, President Obama signed 39 bills, but his legislation appears to have been substantial, and meaningful totaling 1,957 pages, compared to Trump’s 880 pages so far.
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