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.J.Res. 69 – Providing for congressional disapproval of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska and H.J.Res. 43 – Providing for congressional disapproval of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting sub-recipients. The Senate will vote on the confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be Director of Office Management and Budget, followed by the pending cloture vote on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 123 — "Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 43) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 69) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”; and providing for proceedings during the period from February 17, 2017, through February 24, 2017.”
      • - ADOPTED 233 - 190, Roll Call No. 93
        • Republican YEA – 233; NAY - 0
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 190
    • H. Res. 123 — "Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 43) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 69) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”; and providing for proceedings during the period from February 17, 2017, through February 24, 2017.”
      • - ADOPTED 233 - 188, Roll Call No. 94
        • Republican YEA – 233; NAY - 0
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 188
    • H.J. Res. 42 – “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients.”
      • - ADOPTED 236 - 189, Roll Call No. 97
        • Republican YEA – 232; NAY - 1
        • Democrat YEA – 4; NAY – 188
    • H.J. Res. 66 – “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees.”
      • - ADOPTED 231 - 193, Roll Call No. 96
        • Republican YEA – 230; NAY - 3
        • Democrat YEA – 1; NAY – 190
    • H.J. Res. 67 – “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees.”
      • - ADOPTED 234 - 191, Roll Call No. 95
        • Republican YEA – 233; NAY - 1
        • Democrat YEA – 1; NAY – 190

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:15 p.m – 3:15 p.m.
  • H.J.Res. 69 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)H.J.Res. 43 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Passage of H.J.Res.40 (NICS – CRA); passed: 57-43.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Mick Mulvaney to be Director, OMB; invoked: 52-48.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, there be 10 minutes of debate followed by the confirmation vote on Executive Calendar #16, Mick Mulvaney to be Director of Office Management and Budget, followed by up to 10 minutes of debate before the pending cloture vote on Executive Calendar #15, the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and if cloture is invoked the time be counted as if invoked at 7:00am that day. Under the rules, if all time is used on the Pruitt nomination, the confirmation vote would be at approximately 1:00pm on Friday, February 17th.
  • Thursday, February 16th at approximately 10:30am
    • Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney, Director of OMB
    • up to 10 minutes of debate, then
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Scott Pruitt, Administrator of EPA
  • As a reminder, during Monday’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following additional cabinet nominations:
    • Wilbur Ross (Secretary of Commerce)
    • Ryan Zinke (Secretary of Interior)
    • Ben Carson (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development)
    • James Richard Perry (Secretary of Energy)
    • Each cloture petition will ripen upon disposition of the previous nomination, and each nomination is subject to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

World Mercury Project
“Briefing with Robert DeNiro and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on Mercury in Medicine”

House Agriculture Committee
“Pros and Cons of Restricting SNAP Purchases”

House Financial Services Committee
“Assessing the U.S.-EU Covered Agreement” 

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Modernizing Environmental Laws: Challenges and Opportunities for Expanding Infrastructure and Promoting Development and Manufacturing” 

Senate Finance Committee
“The Nomination of Seema Verma to be CMS Administrator” 

House Judiciary Committee
“Hearing on H.R.372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.1090 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credit for residential energy efficient property and the energy credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] (Introduced 02/15/2017) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/15/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1080 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption and payments from taxation for 501(c)(3) bonds issued on behalf of a historically Black college or university.
Sponsor: Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] (Introduced 02/15/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/15/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

 

Health

H.R.1082 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to eliminate the State option to reduce the home equity exemption amount for purposes of eligibility for long-term care assistance under Medicaid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 02/15/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/15/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1072 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide private health insurance reform, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sanford, Mark [R-SC-1] (Introduced 02/15/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Judiciary
Latest Action: 02/15/2017 Referred to House Judiciary

 

Tax

H.R.1098 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the new markets tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] (Introduced 02/15/2017) Cosponsors: (21)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/15/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

 

Transportation

H.R.1093 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Authority to provide appropriate Congressional notice of safety audits conducted with respect to railroads and rail transit agencies.
Sponsor: Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] (Introduced 02/15/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 02/15/2017 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...

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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.

     

    Read...

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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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