PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • April 12, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    Congress enacted the “Congressional Review Act” (CRA) as part of the “Contract with America Advancement Act” (P.L. 104-121) in 1996 and it is codified at 5 U.S.C. 801-808. The CRA established an expedited process for Congress to repeal recently promulgated regulations through passage of joint resolutions signed into law by the President. As of April 7, the President has signed eleven CRA resolutions into law. The House and Senate have passed two more, which the President is expected to sign. Activity on CRA resolutions will begin to wind down as the statutory cut-off for action on resolutions to repeal final rules issued during the 114th Congress is expected to occur no later than early May.

     

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  • April 3, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing a number of actions to repeal or revise Obama Administration policies targeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. It also requires federal departments and agencies to “review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources.” The “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” Executive Order (E.O. 13783) was published in the Federal Register on March 31.

     

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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

  • 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.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • April 12, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    Congress enacted the “Congressional Review Act” (CRA) as part of the “Contract with America Advancement Act” (P.L. 104-121) in 1996 and it is codified at 5 U.S.C. 801-808. The CRA established an expedited process for Congress to repeal recently promulgated regulations through passage of joint resolutions signed into law by the President. As of April 7, the President has signed eleven CRA resolutions into law. The House and Senate have passed two more, which the President is expected to sign. Activity on CRA resolutions will begin to wind down as the statutory cut-off for action on resolutions to repeal final rules issued during the 114th Congress is expected to occur no later than early May.

     

    Read...

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  • April 3, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing a number of actions to repeal or revise Obama Administration policies targeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. It also requires federal departments and agencies to “review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources.” The “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” Executive Order (E.O. 13783) was published in the Federal Register on March 31.

     

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