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 H.R. 10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.722, Iran Sanctions.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development--Reappointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Member on the part of the House to the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development: Representative Ben Ray Luján (NM).
  • Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer:
    • Representative Capuano announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
  • Financial CHOICE Act of 2017--Rule for Consideration:
    • The House agreed to H. Res. 375, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 10) to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs by ending bailouts and Too Big to Fail, holding Washington and Wall Street accountable, eliminating red tape to increase access to capital and credit, and repealing the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that make America less prosperous, less stable, and less free, by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 291, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 290.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library:
      • 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.
    • Unanimous Consent Agreement:
      • Agreed by unanimous consent that the question of adopting amendment number 1 to H.R. 2213 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.
    • Question of Privilege: Representative Capuano rose to a question of the privileges of the House and submitted a resolution. The Chair ruled that the resolution did not present a question of the privileges of the House. Subsequently, Representative Capuano appealed the ruling of the chair and Representative McCaul moved to table the appeal. Agreed to the motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 186 nays with one answering ``present'', Roll No. 292.
    • Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017:
      • The House passed H.R. 2213, to amend the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010 to authorize certain polygraph waiver authority, by a recorded vote of 282 ayes to 137 noes, Roll No. 294.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Homeland Security now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
  • Rejected:
    • Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–162) that sought to prohibit the bill from going into effect until (1) the CBP completes its evaluation and pilot program of the Test for Espionage, Sabotage, and Corruption (TES–C) which is then certified by the DHS Inspector General and reported to Congress and (2) the DHS Inspector General completes a risk assessment of the population that could receive waivers and certifies to Congress that providing waivers to these individuals would not endanger national security, undermine workforce integrity, or increase corruption in the agency (by a yea-and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 238 nays, Roll No. 293).
  • H. Res. 374, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2213) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 289, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 288.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeb Hensarling / Financial Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for 90 minutes of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Jeb Hensarling Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Trey Hollingsworth Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Lloyd Smucker Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. John Faso Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Martha McSally Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ken Buck Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act--Agreement: Senate resumed 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.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 91 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 140), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 8, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #110, S.722, Iran Sanctions, post-cloture. Unless an agreement is reached, all post-cloture time will expire at approximately 4:30pm and the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed.
  • Additional votes are possible during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House T&I
FAA Reauthorization

Senate Finance
HHS Budget

House Energy & Commerce
“Improving Consumers Financial Options with FinTech”

House Appropriations
CFTC Budget

House Appropriations
HUD Budget

House Financial Services
“Virtual Currency: Financial Innovation & Nat’l Sec Implications”

Senate Banking
Community Banking

Senate Appropriations
DOL Budget

Joint Economic Committee
“Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining the Role of the Department of Health and Human Services in Health Care Cybersecurity”

Ways & Means
“HHS Budget w/ Sec. Price”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.2812 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the President to develop a strategy for the offensive use of cyber capabilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Foreign Affairs, Armed Services
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to House Armed Services

H.R.2807 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 10, United States Code, to require congressional notification concerning sensitive military cyber operations and cyber weapons, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Armed Services
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

 

Energy

S.1314 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to bolster fairness and transparency in consideration of interstate natural gas pipelines, to provide for greater public input opportunities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2813 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit the Export-Import Bank of the United States from providing financial support for certain high carbon intensity energy projects.
Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1313 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1310 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to specify which depository institutions are subject to the maintenance of records and disclosure requirements of such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.2797 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for advanced illness care coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

S.1304 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to exclude customary prompt pay discounts from manufacturers to wholesalers from the average sales price for drugs and biologicals under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1299 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the occurrence of diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries by extending coverage under Medicare for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.2817 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify eligibility for the child tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2814 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on employers whose employees receive certain Federal benefits.
Sponsor: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2802 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax-preferred savings account for first-time homebuyers.
Sponsor: Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1307 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand eligibility to receive refundable tax credits for coverage under a qualified health plan.
Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.2804 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Transportation to implement changes to improve air transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.2801 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R.2800 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure improvement of air traffic control services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Budget, Appropriations
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Referred to House Appropriations

S.1298 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to modify the criteria used by the Corps of Engineers to dredge small ports.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 06/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: 06/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

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.

    Read...

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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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