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 Robert Lighthizer, to be United States Trade Representative.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Bureau of Land Management Rule Relating to Methane: By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 125), Senate rejected the motion to proceed to consideration of H.J. Res. 36, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to ``Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation''.
    • Lighthizer Nomination--Agreement:
      • Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.
    • 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.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, May 11, 2017, with the time until the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination equally divided in the usual form.
    • Rosen Nomination--Cloture:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
    • 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 upon disposition of the nomination of Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.
    • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • Brand Nomination--Cloture:
      • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General.
    • 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 upon disposition of the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
    • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #52, Robert Lighthizer, to be United States Trade Representative. The cloture vote on the Lighthizer nomination will occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes—approximately 11:00am. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

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

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
“The Status of the Housing Finance System After Nine Years of Conservatorship”

Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance
Public Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.1082 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide for the establishment of the United States Employee Ownership Bank, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 05/10/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 05/10/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1081 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish an Employee Ownership and Participation Initiative, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 05/10/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 05/10/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Health

S.1093 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve pediatric medical device application procedures.
Sponsor: Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 05/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 05/10/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

 

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...

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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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