PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • March 7, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate. Among the requirements of this latest Executive Order are mandates for federal agencies to appoint “Regulatory Reform Officers” and establish “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”. As described in a White House press release, the Executive Order directs each agency’s Regulatory Reform Task Force to: “evaluate existing regulations and identify candidates for repeal or modification”; and “focus on eliminating costly and unnecessary regulations.”

     

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  • 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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The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

House

 

Friday

  • Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 720, to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 158.
  • Rejected the Lofgren motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 157.
  • Rejected:
    • Soto amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to reinstate the FRCP 11(c)(2) safe harbor provision to allow parties to avoid penalties by withdrawing or correcting the claims within 14 days from when the alleged violation of rule 11(b) becomes known, anytime up until the end of the discovery period (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 153);
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to strike the provision mandating the award of reasonable attorney's fees and costs, restoring judicial discretion to award such fees and costs, when warranted (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 154);
    • Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt from the bill civil actions alleging any violation of a constitutional or civil right (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 155); and
    • Jeffries amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt actions pertaining to whistleblowers (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 156).
  • H. Res. 180, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 720) and (H.R. 985) was agreed to yesterday, March 9th.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, March 13, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #18, Seema Verma, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, post-cloture; all time on the nomination will expire at 5:30pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation.
  • Monday, March 13th at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Education

H.R.1510 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the elimination of the Department of Education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

Health

H.R.1508 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the recruitment of physicians in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sponsor: Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.1505 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the maximum market pay of physicians and dentists in the Veterans Health Administration who work in health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 

Transportation

H.R.1501 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to apportionments to small transit intensive cities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • March 7, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate. Among the requirements of this latest Executive Order are mandates for federal agencies to appoint “Regulatory Reform Officers” and establish “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”. As described in a White House press release, the Executive Order directs each agency’s Regulatory Reform Task Force to: “evaluate existing regulations and identify candidates for repeal or modification”; and “focus on eliminating costly and unnecessary regulations.”

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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…”

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