On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, many people in America are wondering how to fix a glass ceiling that, in their eyes, seems to be slowly but surely eroding.
“We are in a transition, we are moving into a new era, and the glass ceilings are coming down,” Trump said in his inaugural address.
And in the last few weeks, Trump has been making moves to dismantle barriers and improve access to government services and education.
Some have argued that Trump’s election was a sign of things to come.
“The president-elect and his administration have been making bold promises,” says Daniel P. Deen, a professor at Georgetown University and former chief economist at the National Economic Council.
“And the truth is, the president-election campaign, as a whole, has not been a very good predictor of the kind of policies that will be put into place.”
And he thinks Trump’s campaign promises to reform the federal government will be a problem.
“People will be asking themselves, ‘Is this the type of policy that can get me through the transition?’ and, ‘How do I navigate the transition?'”
For one, Trump’s administration will have a lot of to do, since the incoming administration will likely be made up of people who have been in the private sector for a while.
The incoming Trump administration will also have to contend with the incoming Senate majority, which has a majority of Republican senators and will be largely pro-business.
“There’s a lot that will have to be negotiated in the new administration,” Deen said.
“What we’re seeing is that Trump has a lot to negotiate in the incoming presidency.”
Deen also says that the president will likely face an uphill battle in trying to enact new legislation and regulations that will protect consumers.
“In order to get his agenda passed, you have to have a good majority in the House and Senate,” he said.
The new president will also likely face a tough task getting legislation passed by the Senate, which will likely require the support of a Republican-led Congress.
And Deen believes that some of these new challenges may lead to an early departure from the Obama administration.
“It’s going to be a long time before Trump gets the majority in Congress,” Deens said.
But if the new president does manage to enact policies that protect consumers, Deen is confident that there will be enough support to get through the new Congress.
“I think that Trump will be able to get enough votes from Republicans and Democrats to get this legislation through,” he says.
But that will only be possible if the incoming Trump-era Congress is more supportive of consumer protections, he said, like a $10 minimum wage, stronger overtime protections and other consumer protections.
“If they’re not, there will have been no Trump presidency,” Deensen says.
“So you’re going to have to see the incoming Congress, whether they’re pro-consumer or pro-small business, to get a little bit more progressive on consumer protection.”
Deens also said that a lot will depend on whether the incoming House and senators want to support his proposal to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“That’s going, again, to be very, very difficult,” he added.
“This is not a small program.
It’s a program that provides health insurance to millions of children and adults across the country.”
If Congress doesn’t approve the expansion of the program, it would leave more than 4 million Americans without health insurance.
“But if Congress does approve it, then the people who are getting the coverage will not be people who don’t have health insurance,” Deins said.
It will be up to Congress to determine whether the new Trump-led Senate would accept the expansion, but Deen expects that it will be possible to do so.
“One of the things we know is that Republicans and conservatives in the Senate are very pro-expansion.
If you look at the history of this program, there has been a lot more expansion of coverage under the ACA than under the Affordable Care Act,” he explained.
“Congressional Republicans will be very supportive of expanding the program.”
But if Congress doesn´t approve the bill, it will leave millions of Americans without coverage.
“When it comes to this expansion of child care, the most important thing to remember is that it’s going be a big program that expands coverage to millions and millions of people,” Dees added.
And that means that the new Senate will likely have to decide whether to expand health insurance coverage or not.
Deens expects that Republicans will reject the expansion and support the Childrens Health Insurance program.
But there will also be some Republicans who will support it, like Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a longtime critic of the Affordable Healthcare Act.
“Let me be clear, the Children`s Health program is a very important program, and we will have it, but we are not going to expand it, because I believe the American people want it expanded,”