DC Digest – April 18, 2017
OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
- Visa Executive Order
- SCOTUS Immigration Pass
- Tax Reform Timeline
TRUMP TO TACKLE VISA PROGRAMS
President Trump signed an Executive Order today April 18 directing federal departments to crack down on fraud and abuse in guest worker programs. A senior administration official told reporters Monday afternoon that the order covers, among others, the H-1B visa program, which allows companies to hire specialized workers from abroad on a temporary basis.
SCOTUS PASSES ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CASE
The U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped a debate over illegal immigration on Monday, turning away an appeal by a group of asylum-seeking Central American women and their children who aimed to clarify the constitutional rights of people who the government has prioritized for deportation.
DEATH AND TAXES
On the eve of Tax Day, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tempered expectations on the White House’s tax reform timeline. Mnuchin told The Financial Times that President Trump’s goal of achieving a once-in-a-generation overhaul of the tax code by August is “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point.”
The White House is still talking about 3 percent GDP growth. Mnuchin did not have a precise answer when asked how the White House’s tax reform plan would be deficit-neutral — a key rule in reconciliation.
Mnuchin said a stronger economy would go a long way toward generating revenue, with as much as an additional $2 trillion flowing into the federal coffers. The Secretary pointed out that there could be a “staggering” change between the current GDP growth of 1.8 percent and a potential future growth rate of 3 percent.