When you get down to it, the big question is how to fix the economy

By POLITICO StaffIn the midst of a massive housing crisis, the Trump administration is trying to figure out how to build on its legacy of fiscal stimulus and environmental policies to build a new economic engine.

As the Trump era comes to an end, here’s what to expect as the next steps unfold.


Trump has said he will end the Bush tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000, which would help build the middle class and boost economic growth.

But Republicans in Congress and the White House want to extend those tax cuts, as well as tax credits for homeowners.

They say they can’t afford the losses if they continue to slash the middle-class tax rate, which currently is 20 percent.

House Republicans have said the bill should include a provision allowing Americans to deduct mortgage interest payments, or a deduction for mortgage interest paid by non-home buyers, from their tax bills.


The president is planning to sign a bill that allows Americans to buy a home as long as they have a minimum credit score.

The Senate version of the bill has the same language as the House bill.


The House bill includes $500 billion for the Coast Guard.

Trump’s first budget proposal proposed spending $2.5 trillion over 10 years on the Coast Guards, but the White Hill budget office said the money is likely to be shortchanged.

Instead, it said the Coast Service could receive $700 billion in aid through 2019.


The White House is expected to approve a measure that would allow veterans to purchase homes and give veterans greater access to government-provided health care.

Republicans in Congress want to exempt certain veterans from the requirement that they buy their homes from their home states.


The Trump administration wants to extend unemployment benefits to 4 million people who are unemployed, though they haven’t decided how much of the benefits should be given to them.


The administration is expected later this month to release an ambitious plan to combat the opioid crisis.

It includes $1 trillion for drug treatment and $2 trillion for opioid-related research, among other priorities.


The Senate bill would provide a $200 billion aid package to help states with their opioid problems.


Trump is expected on Tuesday to sign another bill that would give states more flexibility in how they fund their Medicaid programs.


House Republicans want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, with a new system that would provide less government coverage for people.


Trump plans to sign an executive order this week that will allow him to ease the moratorium on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which the Obama administration halted in late January after more than a year of protests and a court battle.


The executive order will also ease the delay in construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that was set to cross under Lake Oahe in South Dakota.

The government had until this month not planned to build the pipeline, despite repeated warnings from Native American tribes that it would cause significant environmental harm.


The Environmental Protection Agency has said the Trump-era administration is working on a new rule to reduce methane pollution in the atmosphere.


The new rules are expected to take effect in July.


The Energy Department is also expected to release a draft rule next week that would prevent states from allowing certain fossil fuels to be burned as a form of power generation.


The EPA is also working on the final rule to allow coal power plants to operate in the United States, but it will take several more months before it is finalized.


The Federal Reserve has set a target for the economy of 1.5 percent growth this year and expects the economy to grow just 0.3 percent this year.


The Office of Management and Budget is also looking to cut the federal deficit by $1.5 billion next year.

The budget office estimates that the budget will have a deficit of $934 billion by the end of 2019.