PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • February 9, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”. The Executive Order is intended to ensure that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination”. On February 3, the White House issued a memorandum titled “Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017…” The memorandum provides agencies with information on how to implement the “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017” established by the Executive Order.   

    Among the issues addressed, the February 3, memorandum clarifies that the Executive Order applies only to significant rulemakings, and does not require compliance by independent federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

     

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  • January 25, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak 

    On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order and four memoranda addressing pipeline, infrastructure, and manufacturing issues. The memoranda include one directing prompt consideration of the remaining federal approvals needed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another memorandum invites TransCanada to resubmit its application for a Presidential border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The memorandum further directs the Department of State to “reach a final permitting decision” within 60 days of receiving a new Keystone XL permit application.

    A memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce requires the development of a “plan” to require “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines [to]…use materials and equipment [including steel] produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law…”

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  • November 18, 2016
    By Nicole Ruzinski and Frank Vlossak 

    Presidential transitions in which one party takes over from the other can trigger regulatory activity in both the outgoing and incoming administrations, designed to further each president’s policy priorities. An outgoing president may attempt to finalize a number of regulations before leaving office. The incoming president can be left with the responsibility of implementing policies that are not aligned with the new administration’s agenda. An incoming president faces significant challenges in rescinding regulations that were adopted and finalized before the end of the prior administration. The new administration has more leeway in delaying or repealing regulations that are not final or effective by Inauguration Day. An incoming administration and aligned House and Senate majorities can also utilize the expedited processes under the Congressional Review Act to rescind regulations that were promulgated late in the outgoing administration. 

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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

  • February 9, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”. The Executive Order is intended to ensure that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination”. On February 3, the White House issued a memorandum titled “Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017…” The memorandum provides agencies with information on how to implement the “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017” established by the Executive Order.   

    Among the issues addressed, the February 3, memorandum clarifies that the Executive Order applies only to significant rulemakings, and does not require compliance by independent federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • January 25, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak 

    On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order and four memoranda addressing pipeline, infrastructure, and manufacturing issues. The memoranda include one directing prompt consideration of the remaining federal approvals needed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another memorandum invites TransCanada to resubmit its application for a Presidential border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The memorandum further directs the Department of State to “reach a final permitting decision” within 60 days of receiving a new Keystone XL permit application.

    A memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce requires the development of a “plan” to require “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines [to]…use materials and equipment [including steel] produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law…”

    Read...

    Read More
  • November 18, 2016
    By Nicole Ruzinski and Frank Vlossak 

    Presidential transitions in which one party takes over from the other can trigger regulatory activity in both the outgoing and incoming administrations, designed to further each president’s policy priorities. An outgoing president may attempt to finalize a number of regulations before leaving office. The incoming president can be left with the responsibility of implementing policies that are not aligned with the new administration’s agenda. An incoming president faces significant challenges in rescinding regulations that were adopted and finalized before the end of the prior administration. The new administration has more leeway in delaying or repealing regulations that are not final or effective by Inauguration Day. An incoming administration and aligned House and Senate majorities can also utilize the expedited processes under the Congressional Review Act to rescind regulations that were promulgated late in the outgoing administration. 

    Read...

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