The DC Daily – February 2, 2017

 In Today’s Issue:

  • Immigration Rumors
  • Business Leaders Become Front-Seaters
  • Tax Reform Cuts the Line
  • CASE Action Day in DC
  • Gorsuch and Higher Ed

IMMIGRATION RUMORS

According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association and confirmed by the Department of State, there are, as of February 2, 2017, no current plans to expand the travel ban beyond its current countries. There is no addendum, annex, or amendment now being worked on to expand visa revocations or to expand the travel ban to countries other than those currently implicated in the immigration Executive Order.

Immigration Update

COUNCIL OF BUSINESS LEADERS

President Trump has assembled a council of America’s business leaders to get regular advice on policies and their potential outcomes. The first meeting is scheduled for Friday and is expected to focus heavily on CEOs’ concerns about the immigration Executive Orders.

Other topics of conversation will likely include regulatory relief; taxes and trade; women and the workforce; infrastructure; and education.

Council of Business Leaders

TAX REFORM HEADS TO THE TOP

President Trump met today with four critical figures on tax reform: House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and top Ways and Means Democrat Richie Neal of Massachusetts, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Lobbyists are focused on the Senate, where they believe there is more leverage, particularly among those representing large retailers.

All of this is a sign that tax-reform legislation is likely moving to the top of the Washington agenda.

Tax at the Top

CASE TAKES ACTION

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) will lead a ‘Charitable Giving’ Advocacy Day here in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 16th. CASE is a broad cross-section of nonprofit and charitable organizations committed to preserving the full value and scope of the charitable deduction.

Duke will be participating, and if you would like learn more, please contact the Office of Government Relations at dukegovernmentrelations@duke.edu

Make your CASE

MUCH ADO ABOUT GORSUCH

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article detailing upcoming Supreme Court rulings and their potential impacts on higher education given the nomination of Judge Gorsuch.

Gorsuch and Higher Ed