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 is expected to consider four bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House met in pro forma session.

 

Today

  • 2 p.m.
    • The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
    • Bills:
      • HR 510 — Rapid DNA Act
    • Bills:
      • HR 1892 — A bill to amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.
    • Bills:
      • HR 1428 — American Law Enforcement Heroes Act
    • Bills:
      • HR 1616 — Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Rosen Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 52 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 128), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally divided in the usual form; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Branstad Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
  • 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 Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General.
  • 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 Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation, post-cloture. The time until 12:30pm will be equally divided.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Roll call votes are possible during Tuesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Committee
Nomination Hearing

Senate Finance Committee
“Examining Bipartisan Medicare Policies that Improve Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Leveraging Federal Funding: Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.2412 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
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: Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] (Introduced 05/11/2017) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce, Judiciary, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/11/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

S.1117 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to protect the investment choices of investors in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] (Introduced 05/11/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 05/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.1115 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to improve access to prescription drugs.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 05/11/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 05/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1109 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title VIII of the Public Health Service Act to extend advanced education nursing grants to support clinical nurse specialist programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 05/11/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 05/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.2420 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for tax preferred savings accounts for individuals under age 26, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] (Introduced 05/11/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2413 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind.
Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 05/11/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1102 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/11/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 05/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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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