The DC Daily – February 1, 2017
In this Issue:
- Republican Senators Defect
- Immigration Legislation Update
- Falwell on Taskforce
TWO REPUBLICAN SENATORS WILL VOTE AGAINST DEVOS
Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) announced today on the floor of the Senate that they will not vote in favor of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. This puts the latest estimate of no votes at 50 for her nomination. If one more Republican votes against her, then the nomination will not pass Senate confirmation.
IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION: WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT ISN’T?
The 115th Congress is no different from previous ones and members of the House and Senate have introduced over 1000 bills in this first month of activity. Almost 100 of those bills are related to federal immigration policy, and some of those could potentially impact higher education. Many of you have contacted Government Relations about this bill and others like it, and we welcome your input, questions, and ideas and will try to provide you with an assessment of their potential success. Duke supports a federal immigration policy which promotes a more open exchange of ideas and people from around the world and we look forward to working with many of you to that end.
TASKFORCE APPOINTED ON HIGHER ED
Jerry L. Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, has been asked by President Trump to head up a new taskforce that will identify changes that should be made to the U.S. Department of Education’s policies and procedures.
“The goal is to pare it back and give colleges and their accrediting agencies more leeway in governing their affairs,” said Mr. Falwell.