DC Digest – March 7, 2017
OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
In Today’s Issue:
- ACA Replacement
- New Immigration EO
- DACA-Related Case
- Title IX
- Coastal Research Funding
ACA REPLACEMENT BILL RELEASED
House Republicans introduced their bill to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate and several other key provisions, but that also aims to maintain coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and to allow children to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26.
The measure would offer individuals refundable tax credits to purchase health insurance and would restructure the country’s Medicaid program so that states receive a set amount of money from the federal government every year. The potential impacts on the federal budget and insurance coverage remain unknown at this point.
NEW IMMIGRATION EO
The administration on Monday rolled out the second edition of an immigration Executive Order, which suspends immigration into the United States now from six predominantly Muslim countries. The old order is fully rescinded once the new order takes effect on Thursday, March 16
Citizens from the affected countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya — will be subjected to a 90-day ban on travel to the United States. Iraq was previously listed among those nations, but it was removed from this latest iteration after reassurances from the Iraqi government of increased information sharing with the United States.
JUDGE TO HEAR DACA-RELATED CASE
A federal judge will hear arguments this week over whther the more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants are constitutionally protected from deportation by Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The case was brought to trial by attorneys for Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, a DACA recipient who was arrested by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials at his father’s Seattle-area home last month and has been in custody since then.
TITLE IX GUIDANCE
The Log Cabin Republicans group — which pushes for LGBT rights within the GOP — has told Education Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions that it is working on a comprehensive report on recommendations for how best to protect transgender students.
“It is imperative that the Trump Administration and, specifically, the Departments of Justice and Education act to ensure that any future directives or guidance regarding access to school facilities are not inhibited in any way that would harm transgender youth or impede upon their ability to receive an education,” the group wrote in a letter.
NC COAST RESEARCH FUNDING
A national coastal research program that has operated in North Carolina for close to five decades would be eliminated under budget cuts sought by the Trump administration.
The Sea Grant program in this state is run through N.C. State University, one of 33 such university programs around the country. The North Carolina program conducts marine, coastal and watershed scientific research, education and outreach for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies and businesses, according to its website.