PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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  • 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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The House will consider one bill under suspension of the rules and begin consideration of H.R. 2213 – Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future:
      • H. Res. 354, amended, condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 397 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 286;
    • Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 390, amended, to provide for emergency relief to victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, and to provide accountability for perpetrators of these crimes;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To provide emergency relief for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, for accountability for perpetrators of these crimes, and for other purposes.''.
    • Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Manchester, United Kingdom, on May 22, 2017, expressing heartfelt condolences, and reaffirming unwavering support for the special relationship between our peoples and nations in the wake of these attacks:
      • H. Res. 355, amended, condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Manchester, United Kingdom, on May 22, 2017, expressing heartfelt condolences, and reaffirming unwavering support for the special relationship between our peoples and nations in the wake of these attacks, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 397 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 287; and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • "Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Manchester, United Kingdom, on May 22, 2017, and in London, United Kingdom, on June 3, 2017, expressing heartfelt condolences, and reaffirming unwavering support for the special relationship between our peoples and nations in the wake of these attacks.''.

 

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: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Last votes expected 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.Con.Res. 33 – Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • H.R. 2213 – Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
      • Reps. Lujan Grisham / Carbajal / Torres / Chu / Gutierrez / Schneider Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  •  Measures Passed:
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act:
    • Senate passed S. 1094, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Star Print--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that S. Res. 184, relative to the death of James Paul David ``Jim'' Bunning, former United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, be star printed.
  • Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 722, to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 67 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. EX. 139), Courtney Elwood, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #110, S.722, a bill to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes. Under the rules, one hour after the Senate convenes the cloture motion with respect to the motion to proceed will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture.
    • Wednesday June 7th at approximately 10:30am – 1 roll call vote expected
    • Motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to Calendar #110, S.722 (Iran Sanctions)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Foreign Affairs
“Energy Opportunities in North America”

House Agriculture
The Next Farm Bill

House Homeland
DHS Budget

House Appropriations
“Department of Labor Budget”

House Energy and Commerce
FDA Reauthorization Act markup

Senate Homeland
Nominations

Senate Commerce
FAA Re-authorization

Senate Intelligence
FISA Authorities

House Budget
“The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Pro-Growth Policies”

House Financial Services
“Flood Insurance Reform: A Taxpayer’s Perspective”

AEI
“Deaths of despair, Opioids, community and the economy”

House Research and Development Caucus, the Congressional Caucus to Cure Blood Cancers and Other Blood Disorders, and the Congressional Sickle Cell Disease Caucus
“Briefing on Gene Editing, Bone Marrow Transplantation, and Sickle Cell Disease Research”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.2774 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a bug bounty pilot program within the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 06/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Homeland Security
Latest Action: 06/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security

 

Financial Services

H.R.2793 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide that the consumer transaction account deposits of an insured depository institution are not considered to be funds obtained by or through a deposit broker, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] (Introduced 06/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 06/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2777 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To include information regarding VA home loans in the Informed Consumer Choice Disclosure required to be provided to a prospective FHA borrower who is a veteran, to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the provision of a certificate of eligibility for VA home loans during the preseparation counseling for members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] (Introduced 06/06/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Armed Services
Latest Action: 06/06/2017 Referred to House Armed Services

 

Health

H.R.2788 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To expand access to health care services, including sexual, reproductive, and maternal health services, for immigrant women, men, and families by removing legal barriers to health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 06/06/2017) Cosponsors: (29)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 06/06/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

H.R.2779 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) for a Medicaid payment model demonstration project on Medicaid reimbursement for physicians' services in counties with a disproportionately high proportion of Medicaid enrollees.
Sponsor: Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10] (Introduced 06/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 06/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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  • 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.

     

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