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 reconvenes at 4:30 pm and will consider three bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will proceed to the consideration of Daniel Coats, to be Director of National Intelligence with the vote on the motion to invoke cloture occurring at 10 am.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House is not in session. 

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 4:30 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 132 – Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 648 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to amend the Definite Plan Report for the Seedskadee Project to enable the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir (Sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 267 – Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Lewis / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Department of Labor Rule:
      • By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 87), Senate passed H.J. Res. 42, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.
    • Coats Nomination--Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, following Leader remarks on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to be Director of National Intelligence, and that the time until 10 a.m. be equally divided in the usual form, and at 10 a.m., Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #23, Daniel Coats, to be Director of National Intelligence, with the time until 10:00am equally divided, and at 10:00am the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture.
  • As a reminder, in additional to the Coats/DNI nomination, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #19, Herbert McMaster Jr., to be Lieutenant General. The cloture motion with respect to the McMaster nomination will ripen upon disposition of the Coats nomination.
  • 10:00am – 1 roll call vote
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Daniel Coats to be Director of National Intelligence
    • Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Atlantic
“The Next Drugs: The Future for Biosimilars”
The Newseum

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Assessing U.S. Sanctions on Russia: Next Steps”

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
“UAVs: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges”

House Natural Resources; Senate Indian Affairs; Senate EPW
“Building Native America Together: Infrastructure Innovation and Improvements for the New Administration and Indian Country”

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
“GAO's High Risk List and the Veterans Health Administration”

House Armed Services Committee
“Crafting an Information Warfare and Counter-Propaganda Strategy for the Emerging Security Environment”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.626 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require Senate confirmation of the Inspector General of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 03/14/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 03/14/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.629 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drugs, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in the prevention, control, and treatment of animal diseases, in order to minimize the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 03/14/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 03/14/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.616 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to include the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services as members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and to require the Committee to consider the security of the food and agriculture systems of the United States as a factor to be considered when determining to take action with respect to foreign investment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 03/14/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 03/14/2017 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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