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 Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House is not in session. 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Department of Labor Rule--Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of H.J. Res. 42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants, after agreeing to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 2 p.m., on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
  • Coats Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to be Director of National Intelligence.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • McMaster Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr., to be Lieutenant General.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to be Director of National Intelligence.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nomination: By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 86), Seema Verma, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res.42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants. A vote on passage of the joint resolution is possible during Tuesday’s session.
  • As a reminder, today Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nominations of Executive Calendar #23, Dan Coats, to be Director of National Intelligence and Executive Calendar #19, Herbert McMaster Jr., to be Lieutenant General. The cloture motion with respect to the Coats nomination will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, March 15.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance Committee
“The Nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be USTR”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Improving Energy Infrastructure”

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part I”

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“Continuing to Improve Truck Safety on our Nation's Highways”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.613 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to provide for the consideration by State regulatory authorities and nonregulated electric utilities of whether subsidies should be provided for the deployment, construction, maintenance, or operation of a customer-side technology.
Sponsor: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 03/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 03/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

S.610 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to promote transparency by permitting the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to allow its disciplinary proceedings to be open to the public, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 03/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 03/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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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