The latest news and resources from Duke Government Relations.


The DC Digest - July 23, 2021

  • Senate Armed Services Committee Completes FY22 NDAA Markup
  • House to Vote on FY22 Minibus Next Week
  • AAU President Barbara Snyder Sends Letter Regarding the Inclusion of ARPA-H in Cures 2.0 Legislation
  • Higher Education Associations Send Letter Requesting Clarifications on COVID-19 Restrictions and NIEs for International Students 
  • Tweet of the Week!

The DC Digest - July 20, 2021

  • Federal Judge Blocks Rules That DACA Can't Approve New Applicants; Higher Education Community Urges Senate to Support the Dream Act of 2021
  • President Biden Announces Several New Nominations 
  • FAFSA Sees Lower Applicants Compared to 2020
  • Hearings This Week!

The DC Digest - July 16, 2021

  • House Appropriations Committee Advances FY22 Funding Bills 
  • Senate Democrats Announce $3.5 Trillion Top Line Budget for Reconciliation Plan
  • State Department Extends Validity of NIE's for Travelers
  • Higher Education Community Sends Letter Expressing Support for Tax-Free Pell Grant Act
  • Tweet of the Week!

Gary Gereffi Briefs Congress on Supply Chain Resiliency

Gary Gereffi, professor emeritus of sociology and founding director of the Duke Global Value Chains Center visited the nation’s capital on July 15, 2021, to brief Congress on global supply chain resiliency.

“Recent disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have brought both the significance and risks of supply chains to the American consciousness as never before…It has resulted in unprecedented supply shortages and demand fluctuations that have affected virtually all U.S. industries,” Gereffi testified.

He went on the note the importance of a renewed federal focus on supply chain resiliency. Following up on a White House report on the topic in June 2021, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on July 15th, Implementing Supply Chain Resiliency, which included testimony from Gary Gereffi.

Gereffi’s opening statement gave senators an overview of the recent emergence of supply chains as a research field and looked at the evolving geographic shifts and focus on Asia in supply chains.

Highlighting the traditional model of top-down supply chain models, Gereffi offered the success of North Carolina in the Global Economy Project as an example of a bottom-up model that builds resiliency in the United States.

Looking at the NC textile industry as an example, Gereffi noted, “Among the insights gleaned from the NC-Global Economy project is that traditional industries like textiles and furniture have adapted in striking ways to recent political, economic and technological shifts. While North Carolina’s textile firms accommodated NAFTA by continuing to supply apparel customers that moved to Mexico and Central America, the industry also embraced technological change via the growth of nonwoven and “technical” textiles in the state’s output and exports.”

The Duke Digest - July 15, 2021

  • Duke Research Finds There is Nothing Quite Like a Dog
  • Data Shows Family Connects' Success in Improving Overall Child and Family Wellbeing 
  • Duke's Strader Awarded NSF Grant to Study Plant Resistance 
  • And Much More...

The DC Digest - July 13, 2021

  • House Appropriations Committee Advance FY22 Funding Bills  
  • FY22 Hearings This Week!
  • #DoublethePell Website Goes Live
  • CNSR Sends Letter Outlining Its Recommendations for FY22 Defense Science & Technology Programs Funding Levels 

The DC Digest - July 9, 2021

  • Upcoming FY22 Appropriations and NDAA Markups
  • Ombudsman Releases Annual Report on Challenges Related to Application Process for Immigration Benefits
  • Higher Education Groups Provide List of Issues for Education Department to Consider in HEA Rulemaking
  • Tweet of the Week!

The Duke Digest - July 8, 2021

  • The Newest Frontier, The Future of Space Diplomacy 
  • Duke Forest Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary
  • Duke Partnership Helps University Move Closer to Climate Neutrality 
  • And Much More...

The DC Digest - July 2, 2021

  • House Appropriations Approves Selection of FY22 Funding Bills
  • Rep. Johnson, CNSR Send Letters to House Appropriations Committee Regarding FY22 Priorities
  • Sen. Murray and Rep. Scott Urge Biden Administration to Extend Student Loan Forgiveness Through Early 2022 
  • Tweet of the Week!



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