DC Digest – April 28, 2017

In Today’s Issue:
  • Shutdown Averted
  • Trump Tax Plan
  • 100 Days in Office
  • The Next 100 Days
  • Labor Sec Confirmed


The Senate unanimously passed a stopgap spending bill, about an hour after the measure was overwhelmingly approved by the House.

The Continuing Resolution bill funds the government for one week, avoiding a government shutdown at midnight. Lawmakers plan to pass a broader spending package next week to fund the government through September.


President Trump recently released his blueprint tax reform proposal. The proposal is a wide-ranging salvo meant to guide overall conversations on tax reform. While the plan leaves the tax deduction for charitable giving, it isn’t clear how changes to the standard deduction or elimination of the estate tax will impact giving, if at all. For more on the plan, we suggest the following piece on its basic implications.

Taxes in Practice


Saturday, April 29 marks President Trump’s 100th day in office. Then-candidate Trump wrote a contract to the American people detailing his plans for the first 100 days of his tenure. That document is below.

Contract with the American Voter

An interactive timeline is linked below detailing President Trump’s administration in a combination of Tweets, videos, information about his cabinet, and commentary.

[100] Days and Confused


In light of Congress’ Continuing Resolution today, next week is likely to be decisive in shaping the future of several agenda items such as government funding, tax reform and health care reform. In the meantime, here are several issues strictly concerning high education to which we are paying attention.

Title IX

DeVos sent signals she’s looking at guidance on campus sexual assault that the Obama administration issued in 2011. The guidance told colleges that Title IX requires them to crack down on sexual violence and create safe campuses.

Federal Overreach in Education (?)

President Trump on Wednesday, April 26 signed an Executive Order that directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to conduct a study to determine where the “federal government has unlawfully overstepped state and local control,” according to a White House official.

The Department of Ed Gets a Progress Report

The Education Department has yet to fill crucial spots as the Trump administration nears the symbolic 100-day mark on Saturday, April 29. Of the department’s 15 top political appointments requiring Senate confirmation, only Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has cleared the hurdle.


The Senate on Thursday gave Alexander Acosta the nod for Labor Secretary, 60-38, completing the formation of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Acosta’s positions on key labor issues remain a mystery. When asked at his confirmation hearing about the Obama administration’s overtime rule, Acosta questioned the labor secretary’s authority to raise the salary threshold under which virtually all workers qualify for overtime pay. But he also acknowledged that the threshold hadn’t been updated in more than a decade.

Eight Democrats and one independent, Angus King, joined the Republican majority in voting for Acosta. (There remains one cabinet-level nominee to confirm: Robert Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative.)