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. 1039 – Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017--Rule for Consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 324, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1039) to amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 264, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 263.
  • Thin Blue Line Act:
    • The House passed 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 yea-and-nay vote of 271 yeas to 143 nays, Roll No. 265.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–17 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 323, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 115) was agreed to yesterday, May 17th.
  • Suspension--Proceedings Resumed:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Tuesday, May 16th.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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 266.

 

Today

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 1039 – Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Branstad Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 86 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 132), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, May, 22, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, post-cloture; that the time until 5:30 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 5:30 p.m.
  • Sullivan Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of John J. Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of State.
  • 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 Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. EX. 131), Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General.
    • Todd Philip Haskell, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo.
    • Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways and Means
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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1180 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to advance the integration of clean distributed energy into electric grids, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

 

Health

H.R.2535 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XXIX of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the program under such title relating to lifespan respite care.
Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2531 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to apply Medicare part B deemed enrollment process to residents of Puerto Rico.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

S.1188 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XXIX of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the program under such title relating to lifespan respite care.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.2543 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for 2 years the exclusion from gross income of discharges of qualified principal residence indebtedness.
Sponsor: Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.2534 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the rate of tax on domestic manufacturing income to 20 percent.
Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2530 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make residents of Puerto Rico eligible for the earned income tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Transportation

H.R.2529 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a national intersection and interchange safety construction program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.2514 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure that revenues collected from passengers as aviation security fees are used to help finance the costs of aviation security screening by repealing a requirement that a portion of such fees be credited as offsetting receipts and deposited in the general fund of the Treasury.
Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 05/18/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Homeland Security
Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

 

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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