On July 11, the Senate confirmed Robert King as U.S. Department of Education (USED) Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. The Senate confirmed King with a 56-37 vote, with seven members not voting.
On July 11, President Donald Trump announced he would no longer be pursuing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The president had previously been exploring options to add the question to the Census after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his attempts were not justified and ordered lower courts to reconsider the addition. Instead of including a question on the Census, the president issued an Executive Order requiring all federal departments and agencies to provide the U.S. Department of Commerce all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in the United States.
On July 2, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) sent a letter to USED Secretary DeVos arguing that the Department has the legal obligation to provide special education services to immigrant children currently being held in custody at the southern United States border.
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