PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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  • May 16, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On May 8, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum titled “Guidance for Section 2 of Executive Order 13783, titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’”. E.O. 13783 directs federal agencies to review, and potentially suspend, revise or repeal, existing regulations that “burden domestic energy production.”

     

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  • April 19, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On April 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” The notice is part of the EPA’s efforts to implement the Executive Order titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” (E.O. 13777), which was signed by President Trump on February 24, 2017. The deadline for submitting public comments is May 15, 2017. EPA offices will also be conducting public forums on regulatory reform over the next four weeks. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order (E.O. 13771) which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate.

     

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Scott Graves is a Principal at Williams & Jensen.

 

Professional background

Graves brings over 12 years of experience crafting public policy having served as majority staff director at the House Committee on Agriculture under Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX). He previously served as Rep. Conaway’s chief of staff and handled food and agriculture issues for the congressman since his first term in 2003. He also advised the congressman, who served as Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics in the 113th Congress, on the Ethics Committee’s decisions on whether to recommend legislative or administrative actions for Members of Congress and employees of the House of Representatives.

Throughout his career on Capitol Hill, Graves worked closely with House leadership and their staff on major legislative initiatives and is widely recognized by the agriculture industry as a strategic and effective voice for agriculture. He played an important role in crafting the 2008 and 2014 farm bills and helped guide the focus of the 114th and 115th Congresses to issues that will be pivotal in the next farm bill. Graves has a particular interest in traditional farm policy, derivatives markets oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and domestic food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as well global issues like U.S. food aid and food waste.

Graves has been directly involved in more than a dozen House campaigns around the country and in 2010 created FARM Night, For and Republican Majority, a joint fundraising committee that supports new members of the House Agriculture Committee. Under Graves’s leadership, 60 PACs and individuals pledged their support, assisting more than 30 members of the House and raising nearly $2 million.

 

Education

  • Texas Tech University, B.S.
  • National Defense University, M.A. in Strategic Security Studies

Not licensed to practice law.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

    Read...

    Read More
  • May 16, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On May 8, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum titled “Guidance for Section 2 of Executive Order 13783, titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’”. E.O. 13783 directs federal agencies to review, and potentially suspend, revise or repeal, existing regulations that “burden domestic energy production.”

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • April 19, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On April 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” The notice is part of the EPA’s efforts to implement the Executive Order titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” (E.O. 13777), which was signed by President Trump on February 24, 2017. The deadline for submitting public comments is May 15, 2017. EPA offices will also be conducting public forums on regulatory reform over the next four weeks. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order (E.O. 13771) which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate.

     

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