The DC Daily – January 31, 2017

In this Issue:

  • DeVos Developments
  • Duke Signs Letter on Immigration
  • EPA Grants Update
  • Dukies in the White House

BETSY DeVos NOMINATION UPDATE

Besty DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, was approved out of the Senate HELP committee and will head to the full Senate for a vote at a to be determined date. DeVos also submitted written answers to hundreds of follow-up questions posed by members of the Senate education committee.

DeVos Confirmation Moves to the Senate Floor

MULTISOCIETY LETTER ON IMMIGRATION

Today, Duke University joined 151 other professional scientific, engineering and education societies, national associations and universities in urging the withdrawl of the Executive Order stanching the flow of immigration from seven (7) muslim-majority countries.

“Scientific progress depends on openness, transparency, and the free flow of ideas and people, and these principles have helped the United States attract and richly benefit from international scientific talent”

Multisociety Letter

EPA GRANTS BACK ON TRACK

Catherine McCabe, acting EPA Administrator, told the agency’s employees that the Trump administration’s review of grants was completed last Friday, and that the review was standard practice for transition efforts.

“All grants are proceeding normally, and nothing has been delayed. This includes environmental program grants and state revolving loan fund grants to the states and tribes.” McCabe added that the review of contracts is “nearly complete, with very few contracts still under review.”

McCabe also said in an email to EPA staff, “This is standard practice for a transition, as are many of the government-wide and agency-level actions the new administration has taken this week.”

Agency Email

DUKIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Stephen Miller (Trinity ‘07) has been named Senior Policy Advisor at the White House. In addition, Paul Teller (Trinity ’93) was recently appointed Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Know other Dukies with new jobs in the Administration or on the Hill?  Let us know at dukegovernmentrelation@duke.edu