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 will consider one bill under suspension of the rules and begin consideration of H.R. 1343 – Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Elaine Duke, to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Condemning North Korea's development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles:
        • H. Res. 92, amended, condemning North Korea's development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 209;
      • Reaffirming the United States-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina's economic reforms:
        • H. Res. 54, amended, reaffirming the United States-Argentina partnership and recognizing Argentina's economic reforms; and
      • North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 479, amended, to require a report on the designation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 210.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
  • H.R. 1343 – Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Jared Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

 

  • Measures Passed:
    • Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 544, to amend Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and the bill was then passed.
    • Delta Queen: By 85 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 102), Senate passed S. 89, to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials.
    • Duke Nomination--Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Elaine C. Duke, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, with the time until 12 noon equally divided in the usual form; that at 12 noon, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate; and that following disposition of the nomination, Senate recess until 2:15 p.m.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Calendar #24, the nomination of Elaine Duke, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Following the vote on the Duke nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • We expect Senator McConnell to proceed to the consideration of the Gorsuch nomination during Tuesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
"Markup – Nomination of Jay Clayton to be Chairman of the SEC"

House Financial Services Committee
"Examining the Federal Reserve’s Mandate and Governance Structure”

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Energy Delivery System Cybersecurity”

Senate HELP Committee
“FDA User Fee Agreements: Improving Medical Product Regulation and Innovation for Patients Part II”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Enabling National Airspace Innovation”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Public-Private Healthcare Cybersecurity”

House Financial Services Committee
"Increasing the Effectiveness of Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Federal IT Workforce Challenges”

Senate Commerce Committee
Multimodal Freight Transportation Network

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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