DC Digest – July 7, 2017

In Today’s Issue:
  • Ed Dept Gives Universities More Time
  • Travel Ban Definitions
  • New CDC Director
  • Legislative Days


The Trump administration announced today that it will give colleges and universities extra time to comply with a requirement that they disclose the fees associated with school-sponsored debit cards and other financial products marketed on their campuses.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is extending to Jan. 1 the deadline for colleges to begin make such disclosures to students, the department said. The requirement under the Obama-era regulation had been set to take effect two days ago.



The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against President Trump’s travel ban asked a federal judge on Wednesday evening, July 5, to clarify who should be exempt from the ban. That motion was denied. Further legal action is expected.

A Supreme Court order last week allowed the travel ban to go into effect, but carved out exemptions for people who maintain a “bona fide relationship” to a person or entity in the U.S.

The Trump administration is exempting parents, children, and some other family members from the travel ban, but it’s barring claims based on other types of family relationships.

Family Feud


President Trump is expected to name Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who serves as Georgia’s public health commissioner, as the next leader of the CDC. Fitzgerald has worked as a practicing physician for about 30 years and has run twice as a Republican candidate for Congress. Little is known of her public health opinions and priorities, but she has publicly supported vaccines.


There are 13 legislative days to go in the House and 15 in the Senate until the August recess.