PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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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The House is not in session. The Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and on cloture on the nomination of Wilbur Ross to be Secretary of Commerce.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • 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”.
      • - ADOPTED 225 - 193, Roll Call No. 98
        • Republican YEA – 220; NAY - 10
        • Democrat YEA – 5; NAY – 183
    • 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 sub-recipients.”
      • - ADOPTED 230 - 188, Roll Call No. 99
        • Republican YEA – 228; NAY - 2
        • Democrat YEA – 2; NAY – 186

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • The Senate conducted a roll call vote on confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be Director, Office of Management and Budget. Confirmed: 51-49.
  • The Senate conducted a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Invoked: 54-46

 

Today

  • The Senate remains in session from the legislative day that began on Feb. 16, 2017. Votes are expected at 1:00 p.m. on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and on cloture on the nomination of Wilbur Ross to be secretary of Commerce.
  • Nominations:
    • Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Nominations:
    • Wilbur Ross to be secretary of Commerce.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled for today

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.1119 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish the bases by which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue, implement, and enforce certain emission limitations and allocations for existing electric utility steam generating units that convert coal refuse into energy.
Sponsor: Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

 

Financial Services

H.R.1153 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction.
Sponsor: Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1146 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish a pilot program to make grants to eligible organizations to provide legal assistance to low-income families regarding housing disputes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means (

H.R.1127 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To increase purchasing power, strengthen economic recovery, and restore fairness in financing higher education in the United States through student loan forgiveness, caps on interest rates on Federal student loans, and refinancing opportunities for private borrowers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1124 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from providing bailouts or other financial assistance to a pension plan of a State or political subdivision thereof, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce, Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

H.R.1116 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
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: Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.1175 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve access to health care through expanded health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Judiciary, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.1173 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1171 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five month waiting period for disability insurance benefits for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Sponsor: Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (30)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1167 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to promote physician training in newly recognized primary medical specialties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.1166 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide greater State flexibility and innovation through Medicaid cost-sharing waivers.
Sponsor: Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1160 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared savings program by also basing such assignment on primary care services furnished by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists.
Sponsor: Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.1156 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal changes made by health care reform laws to the Medicare exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (36)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1155 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists to supervise cardiac, intensive cardiac, and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1151 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to encourage the prioritization of the most vulnerable individuals under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1148 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand access to telehealth-eligible stroke services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1130 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure fairness in Medicare hospital payments by establishing a floor for the area wage index applied with respect to certain hospitals.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.1122 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for clarification and rationalization of Medicare prescription drug plan recovery rules for certain claims.
Sponsor: Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1121 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit application of pre-existing condition exclusions and to guarantee availability of health insurance coverage in the individual and group market, contingent on the enactment of legislation repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (42)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1108 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the mandatory recall of drugs regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1101 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

Tax

H.R.1190 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers a credit against income tax for wages paid to employees who participate in qualified apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1144 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose a tax on certain trading transactions to invest in our families and communities, improve our infrastructure and our environment, strengthen our financial security, expand opportunity and reduce market volatility.
Sponsor: Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1126 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To exempt the aging process of distilled spirits from the production period for purposes of capitalization of interest costs.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

 

Transportation

H.R.1138 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a criminal penalty for launching drones that interfere with fighting wildfires affecting Federal property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8] (Introduced 02/16/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Judiciary
Latest Action: 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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.”

     

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