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 14 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Rachel Brand to be Associate Attorney General.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Rapid DNA Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 510, to establish a system for integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement to reduce violent crime and reduce the current DNA analysis backlog;
    • Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1616, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 258; and
    • American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1428, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize COPS grantees to use grant funds to hire veterans as career law enforcement officers.
  • Suspension--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Honoring Hometown Heroes Act:
      • H.R. 1892, 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.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2266 – Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. John Conyers / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) S. 419 – Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 984 – Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Wittman / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2227 – MGT Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 194 – Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 195 – Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 653 – Federal Intern Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 2169 – Improving Fusion Centers’ Access to Information Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 2281 – Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Filemon Vela / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 1177 – Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Agriculture Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 2154 – To rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer / Agriculture Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 672 – Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 13) H.Res. 145 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the fight against corruption in Central America, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 1677 – Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) H.R. 1892 – Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Larson / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Appointments:
    • Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children: The Chair, on behalf of the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Chairperson of the Committee on Indian Affairs, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 114–244, appointed the following individuals to serve as members of the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children: Carlyle Begay of Arizona, and Melody Staebner of North Dakota.
    • Brand Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Rachel L. Brand, occur at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, and that if cloture is invoked, the time count as if it was invoked at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017; that if cloture is invoked on the nomination of Rachel L. Brand, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, occur following disposition of the nomination of Rachel L. Brand, and that if cloture is not invoked on the nomination of Rachel L. Brand, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Terry Branstad occur immediately following the failed cloture vote.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017; and that the time until 12 noon be equally divided in the usual form.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 129), Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Rachel Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General, with the time until 12:00 noon equally divided. At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Brand nomination, and if cloture is invoked it will be as if invoked at 1:00am. There will then be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Agriculture Committee
“State of the Rural Economy: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue”

House Appropriates Committee
“Advances in Biomedical Research”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Improving America's Transportation Infrastructure: The Road Forward”

House Armed Services Committee  
“Initial Findings of the Section 809 Panel: Setting the Path for Streamlining and Improving Defense Acquisition”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“The Need to Reform FAA and Air Traffic Control to Build a 21st Century Aviation System for America”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining Initiatives to Advance Public Health”

Senate Budget Committee
“GAO Head and CBO Director to Discuss Ways to Run Government for Less”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“Nomination of Scott Brown to be Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2469 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coastline of the State of Florida, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Natural Resources
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.2438 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit any regulation under such Act concerning the emissions of carbon dioxide from a fossil fuel-fired electric generating unit from taking effect until the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency makes certain certifications, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2429 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To support businesses in Puerto Rico, improve health funding for Puerto Rico, and promote security in Puerto Rico, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Small Business, Financial Services, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and the Workforce, Appropriations
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to House Appropriations

S.1139 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to modify the requirements of stress tests.
Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.2474 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide an alternative standard for substantial equivalence determinations for devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2465 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent the removal of the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare program with respect to speech generating devices.
Sponsor: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.2445 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a prior authorization process under the Medicare program for certain high cost durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies.
Sponsor: Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.2439 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require reporting regarding certain drug price increases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2430 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

S.1133 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to repeal changes made by health care reform laws to the Medicare exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1132 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent the removal of the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare program with respect to speech generating devices.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1131 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require reporting regarding certain drug price increases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1130 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create a sustainable future for rural healthcare.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/16/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 05/16/2017 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.”

     

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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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