PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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The House will consider three bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.89, Delta Queen, related to fire retardant for certain vessels and upon disposition of S.89, the Senate will proceed to consideration of the nomination of Elaine Duke, to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

House

 

Friday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 479 – North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.Res. 92 – Condemning North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.Res. 54 – Reaffirming the United States-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina’s economic reforms, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday

 

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, April 3, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #18, S.89, Delta Queen, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided in the usual form. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill.
  • Upon disposition of S.89, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for consideration of Calendar #24 the nomination of Elaine Duke, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader with the concurrence of the Democratic Leader on Tuesday, April 4, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Monday, April 3rd at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Passage of S.89, Delta Queen
    • Tuesday, April 4th at a time TBD
    • Confirmation of Elaine Duke, Deputy Secretary of DHS

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.1833 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To encourage initiatives for financial products and services that are appropriate and accessible for millions of American small businesses that do not have access to the financial mainstream.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.1813 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to House Judiciary

H.R.1801 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To delay the effective date of the final rule of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection titled "Prepaid Accounts under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth In Lending Act (Regulation Z)".
Sponsor: Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

S.779 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to enhance civil penalties under the Federal securities laws, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.1845 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to facilitate the transition to Medicare for individuals enrolled in group health plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-16] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1840 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for clinical testing expenses for qualified infectious disease drugs and rapid diagnostic tests.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1838 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize payments for ambulatory surgical centers under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (28)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1834 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project under the Medicare program for the purpose of changing the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.1831 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit hospitals in all-urban States to be considered Medicare dependent hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1828 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for payments for certain rural health clinic and Federally qualified health center services furnished to hospice patients under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1826 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to redistribute Federal funds that would otherwise be made available to States that do not provide for the Medicaid expansion in accordance with the Affordable Care Act to those States electing to provide those Medicaid benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1825 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

S.794 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act in order to improve the process whereby Medicare administrative contractors issue local coverage determinations under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.787 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test the effect of including telehealth services in Medicare health care delivery reform models.
Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.778 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and to facilitate information sharing among States.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 03/30/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 03/30/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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.”

     

    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.

     

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