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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The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury. The vote on confirmation of the Mnuchin nomination will be on Monday, February 13, at approximately 7:00pm.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Thomas Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services; confirmed: 52-47.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury; invoked: 53-46.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.57, Majority Committee Membership (adding Senator Strange)

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, February 10, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will enter Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury, post-cloture and for debate only. There will be no roll call votes during Friday’s session. The vote on confirmation of the Mnuchin nomination will be on Monday, February 13, at approximately 7:00pm.
  • As a reminder, the Senate reached an agreement during today’s session that sets up confirmation votes on the Shulkin (VA) and McMahon (SBA) nominations next week.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings are scheduled for coverage today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.350 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a discounted price in certain private offerings of securities.
Sponsor: Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 02/09/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 02/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.994 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to evaluate and report on the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 02/09/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources
Latest Action: 02/09/2017 Referred to House Natural Resources

H.R.993 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reduce opioid misuse and abuse.
Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 02/09/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.992 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, acting through the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, to award grants to States to expand access to clinically appropriate services for opioid abuse, dependence, or addiction.
Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 02/09/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.348 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 02/09/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 02/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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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