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 is expected to move to proceed to H.J.Res.36, the congressional joint resolution of disapproval regarding methane.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Lighthizer Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.
  • 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 Thursday, May 11, 2017.
  • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
    • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • By 57 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 124), Scott Gottlieb, of Connecticut, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • We expect Senator McConnell to move to proceed to H.J.Res.36, the congressional joint resolution of disapproval regarding methane. The vote on the motion to proceed is expected at approximately 10:00am. If the motion to proceed is agreed to, there would be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on passage.
  • Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.
  • As a reminder, today Senator McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #52, Robert Lighthizer, to be United States Trade Representative, for a Thursday cloture vote.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC Division of Economic and Risk Analysis
“Reviving the U.S. IPO Market.”

SEC
Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
“Secondary Sanctions Against Chinese Institutions: Assessing Their Utility for Constraining North Korea”

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
“RAISE Family Caregivers Act"; and S.934, the "Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act.”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Cyber Threats Facing America: An Overview of the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Endangered Species Act Modernization”

Senate Judiciary Committee
“Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Across Borders: Facilitating Cooperation and Protecting Rights”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1075 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study of the feasibility of establishing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 05/09/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Latest Action: 05/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1071 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs within the Department of Energy.
Sponsor: Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 05/09/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 05/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

S.1076 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify certain provisions relating to multiemployer pensions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 05/09/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Latest Action: 05/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

 

Health

S.1079 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Food and Drug Administration to revoke the approval of one opioid pain medication for each new opioid pain medication approved.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]

S.1078 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish procedures regarding the approval of opioid drugs by the Food and Drug Administration.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]

 

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.

     

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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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