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 the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • H.R. 1219 – “Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2017.” – PASSED 417 - 3, ROLL CALL 221
      • Republican YEA – 232; NAY – 1
      • Democrat YEA – 185; NAY – 2

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

 Roll Call Votes

    • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; not invoked (McConnell changed his vote to ‘no’ in order to reconsider): 55-45.
    • McConnell motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Gorsuch nomination; agreed to: 55-45.
    • Schumer motion to postpone consideration of the Gorsuch nomination until 3:00pm on Monday, April 24th; not agreed to: 48-52.
    • Schumer motion to adjourn until 5:00pm; not agreed to: 48-52.
    • Shall the decision of the Chair stand (the Chair ruled that 60 votes are required on cloture for Supreme Court nominations); the decision of the Chair does not stand (therefore, cloture for Supreme Court nominations are now a majority vote threshold): 48-52.
    • Motion to invoke cloture, upon reconsideration, on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; not invoked: 55-45.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, April 7, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume Executive Session to consider the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, with 2 hours equally divided.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gorsuch nomination.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2014 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on greenhouse gas emissions.
Sponsor: Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Education and the Workforce

H.R.2012 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (30)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2002 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Natural Resources
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

 

Financial Services

H.R.2081 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 to modify the requirement to impose sanctions with respect to the provision of specialized financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran and other sanctioned Iranian financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

H.R.2069 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide priority under certain federally assisted housing programs to assisting youths who are aging out of foster care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2057 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to limit the interest deduction for excessive interest of members of financial reporting groups and to terminate the deferral of active income of controlled foreign corporations, and to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the disclosure of total corporate tax paid by a corporation in each annual report required to be filed under such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

H.R.1996 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to regulate tax return preparers and refund anticipation payment arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Financial Services
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Financial Services

S.881 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to reduce risks to the financial system by limiting banks' ability to engage in certain risky activities and limiting conflicts of interest, to reinstate certain Glass-Steagall Act protections that were repealed by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

 

Health

H.R.2077 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to require a group health plan (or health insurance coverage offered in connection with such a plan) to provide an exceptions process for any medication step therapy protocol, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce

H.R.2066 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prevent abusive billing of ancillary services to the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.2065 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an option for any citizen or permanent resident of the United States to buy into Medicare.
Sponsor: Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2063 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to require certain training as a condition of registration to prescribe or dispense opioids for the treatment of pain or pain management, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Judiciary

H.R.2051 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that eligible product developers have competitive access to approved drugs and licensed biological products, so as to enable eligible product developers to develop and test new products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.2050 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for a Medicare demonstration project to evaluate the fiscal impact of covering low vision devices as durable medical equipment under part B of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.2048 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to incentivize the development of community-based interventions to reduce health disparities among certain populations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2026 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To improve patient access to emerging medication therapies by clarifying the scope of permitted health care economic and scientific information communications between biopharmaceutical manufacturers and population health decision makers.
Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1995 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security to provide for national testing of a model of Medicare Advantage value-based insurance design to meet the needs of chronically ill Medicare Advantage enrollees.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

S.872 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent the extension of the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program and the increased payments under the Medicare low-volume hospital program.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.870 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to implement Medicare payment policies designed to improve management of chronic disease, streamline care coordination, and improve quality outcomes without adding to the deficit.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

 

Tax

H.R.2078 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify individual income and corporate tax rates, to set a maximum on the capital gains rate, to make permanent the deduction for dividends received for repatriated foreign earnings, to reduce the rate of payroll and self-employment taxes, to make 100 percent bonus depreciation permanent, and to repeal the Federal estate and gift taxes.
Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 04/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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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