Federal Relations


February 24, 2017

DeVos Takes on “Education Establishment”

In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 23, the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated that higher education faculty tell students what to say and what to think.  Her prepared speech reads, in part: The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and…

February 23, 2017

Release of New Immigration Executive Order Pushed Back

Despite statements earlier from the Administration that it would release the next executive order (EO) on immigration this week, the White House announced February 22 that the new EO will not be released until next week.

Title IX Transgender Memo Rescinded

The Trump Administration has rescinded an Obama directive aimed at protecting the rights of transgender students in public schools. A two-page guidance letter from the departments of Justice and Education told schools ihat the policy has caused a rash of lawsuits nationwide and needs to be reconsidered. The letter states that the Obama Administration’s interpretation of federal law –…

February 17, 2017

Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

By a vote of 52 to 46, the Senate approved on Friday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

February 16, 2017

Mulvaney Confirmed as Head of OMB

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Democrats in opposing Mulvaney’s nomination.

February 15, 2017

Puzder Out

Nominee for Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder is expected to withdraw his nomination shortly. Given recent developments on Puzder’s record (both professional and private) and recent issues with other Trump advisors, Republican support for the nominee has weakened. His hearing, set for this week, is expected to be cancelled, and his official resignation is expected shortly.

Mulvaney Moves Forward

By a vote of  52-48, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s nominee for OMB Director, has cleared a procedural vote. This move would allow a final vote on Mulvaney Thursday evening.

February 14, 2017

More Movement Seen on Senior Administration Officials Front

Late Monday, recently appointed White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned from his post. The resignation was prompted by what he shared with Vice President Pence about his call with the Russian ambassador to the United States almost immediately following the Presidential election in November. Flynn had reportedly told Pence that he did not…

February 10, 2017

Appeals Court Upholds Decision on Travel Ban

A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit of Appeals kept in place Thursday a temporary restraining order against the Trump Administration executive order that sought, among other things, to bar visa holders from seven nations from entering the United States. The original order was issued by a federal district judge in Western Washington after a suit…

Price Confirmed, Mnuchin Next

In the wee hours of the morning (just after 2 am), the Senate voted 52-47 to approve the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price had solid backing from Senate Republicans. The chamber’s Democrats delayed the final vote by holding the floor for the full 30 hours permitted to them under Senate…

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