PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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The House will consider H.R. 428 – Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Linda McMahon to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the McMahon nomination around 11 am.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • H.R. 609 — "To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the “Abie Abraham VA Clinic”.”
      • – On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – passed by voice
    • H.R. 512 — "To title 38, United States Code, to permit veterans to grant access to their records in the databases of the Veterans Benefits Administration to certain designated congressional employees, and for other purposes.”
      • – On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – passed by voice
    • H.R. 244 — "To encourage effective, voluntary private sector investments to recruit, employ, and retain men and women who have served in the United States military with annual presidential awards to private sector employers recognizing such efforts, and for other purposes.”
      • – On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – passed 409 - 1, Roll Call No. 86
          • Republican YEA – 229; NAY - 1
          • Democrat YEA – 180; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 974 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in awarding a contract for the procurement of goods or services, to give a preference to offerors that employ veterans.”
      • – On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
        • – passed 407 - 0, Roll Call No. 87
          • Republican YEA – 227; NAY - 0
          • Democrat YEA – 180; NAY – 0

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15p.m.
  • H.R. 428 – Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury; confirmed: 53-47.
    • Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs; confirmed: 100-0.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will enter Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Linda McMahon to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, with the time until 11:00am equally divided. At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the McMahon nomination.
  • Further roll call votes (re: CRAs) are possible during Tuesday’s session.
  • As a reminder, during today’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following cabinet nominations:
    • Mick Mulvaney (Director of Office of Management and Budget)
    • Scott Pruitt (Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency)
    • Wilbur Ross (Secretary of Commerce)
    • Ryan Zinke (Secretary of Interior)
    • Ben Carson (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development)
    • James Richard Perry (Secretary of Energy)
  • The first of these cloture petitions (Mulvaney) will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, February 15th. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a vote on confirmation, which will in turn be immediately followed by a cloture vote on the next nomination in the sequence.
  • Tuesday, February 14th at approximately 11:00am – 1 roll call vote
    • Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  • Wednesday, February 15th – one hour after the Senate convenes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Mick Mulvaney to be Director, OMB

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress” 

House Science, Space and Technology Committee
“Strengthening U.S. Cybersecurity Capabilities” 

House Ways and Means Committee
115th Committee Organization/Budget 

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.1018 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To replace the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with a 5-person commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

S.366 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Federal financial institutions regulatory agencies to take risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when taking regulatory actions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.365 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to remove the funding cap relating to the transfer of funds from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1027 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and the delivery of, children's health services through school-based health centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1020 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To allow the manufacture, importation, distribution, and sale of investigational drugs and devices intended for use by terminally ill patients who execute an informed consent document, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.1017 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.
Sponsor: Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

S.356 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and the delivery of, children's health services through school-based health centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.353 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the rural add-on payment in the Medicare home health benefit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance

 

Tax

H.R.1012 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the dollar limitation on employer-provided group term life insurance that can be excluded from the gross income of the employee.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

 

Transportation

H.R.1028 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles 23 and 49, United States Code, with respect to congestion mitigation and metropolitan transportation planning, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] (Introduced 02/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 02/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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.

     

    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.

     

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