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 H.R. 115 – Thin Blue Line Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Rachel Brand with a vote to occur at 12:00 noon. Following the vote on the Brand nomination the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Thin Blue Line Act--Rule for Consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 323, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 115) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim, by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 260, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 259.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2266, amended, to amend title 28 of the United States Code to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges;
    • Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvement Act of 2017:
      • S. 419, to require adequate reporting on the Public Safety Officers' Benefits program;
    • Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 984, to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe (Agreed by unanimous consent that the ordering of the yeas and nays on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 984 be vacated to the end that the Chair put the question de novo);
    • Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2227, amended, to modernize Government information technology;
    • Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 194, to ensure the effective processing of mail by Federal agencies;
    • Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 195, to amend title 44, United States Code, to restrict the distribution of free printed copies of the Federal Register to Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the United States;
    • Federal Intern Protection Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 653, to amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and discrimination;
    • Improving Fusion Centers' Access to Information Act:
      • H.R. 2169, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance information sharing in the Department of Homeland Security State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative;
    • Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2281, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reauthorize the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program within the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act:
      • H.R. 1177, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to release on behalf of the United States the condition that certain lands conveyed to the City of Old Town, Maine, be used for a municipal airport, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 262;
    • Renaming the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center:
      • H.R. 2154, amended, to rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center;
    • Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 672, amended, to require continued and enhanced annual reporting to Congress in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, the safety and security of European Jewish communities, and the efforts of the United States to partner with European governments, the European Union, and civil society groups, and to combat anti-Semitism;
    • Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the fight against corruption in Central America:
      • H. Res. 145, amended, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the fight against corruption in Central America; and
    • Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1677, amended, to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated political settlement, and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes.
    • American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017:
      • The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and pass S. 583, 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.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 115 – Thin Blue Line Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Judiciary Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) H.R. 1892 – Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Larson / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Brand Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 130), 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, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, May 18, 2017, with the time until 12 noon equally divided in the usual form; and that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, the post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 12 noon.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Rachel Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General, post-cloture, with the time until 12:00 noon equally divided. At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Brand nomination.
  • Immediately upon disposition of the Brand nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #55, the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to China. If cloture is invoked on the Branstad nomination, a vote on confirmation is expected next week.
  • There will be an all-Senators briefing at 2:30pm with Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, regarding the removal of former FBI Director James Comey.
  • Thursday at 12:00 noon – 2 roll call votes
    • Confirmation of Rachel Brand to be Associate Attorney General
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China

 

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”

House Energy and Commerce
PDUFA Markup

Senate Finance Markup
“The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.2498 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity when extending credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] (Introduced 05/17/2017) Cosponsors: (45)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

 

Health

H.R.2509 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate the 190-day lifetime limit on inpatient psychiatric hospital services under the Medicare Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] (Introduced 05/17/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.2503 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to promote health care technology innovation and access to medical devices and services for which patients choose to self-pay under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 05/17/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Referred to House Energy and Commerce

H.R.2483 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the establishment of a third-party quality system assessment program for devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 05/17/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1150 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to impose a work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents who are eligible for medical assistance.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 05/17/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 05/17/2017 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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