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 is expected to consider ten bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will consider the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.722, Iran Sanctions.

House

 

Friday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Agenda
    • HR 338 — A bill to promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce.
    • HR 446 — A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
    • HR 447 — A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
    • HR 627 — Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act
    • HR 951 — A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
    • HR 1109 — A bill to amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act.
    • HR 2122 — A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Jennings Randolph Dam.
    • HR 2274 — HYdropower Permit Extension (HYPE) Act
    • HR 2292 — A bill to extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving the Cannonsville Dam.
    • HR 2457 — J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower Extension Act

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • TheThe Senate stands adjourned until 4:00pm on Monday, June 12, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense. There will be up to 30 minutes for debate prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.722, Iran Sanctions, with all post-cloture time considered expired.
  • There will be at least one roll call vote at 5:30pm with the potential of a second.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Treasury Budget

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
FEMA Nomination

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2853 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make qualified biogas property and qualified manure resource recovery property eligible for the energy credit and to permit new clean renewable energy bonds to finance qualified biogas property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (22)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Referred to House Science, Space, and Technology

 

Financial Services

H.R.2868 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To protect National Flood Insurance Program policyholders from unreasonable premium rates and to require the Program to consider the unique characteristics of urban properties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2864 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow certain issuers to be exempt from registration requirements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2823 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that retirement investors receive advice in their best interests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Referred to House Ways and Means

S.1321 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to ensure that retirement investors receive advice in their best interests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.1315 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to amend its regulations relating to qualified mortgages, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.2843 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles XI and XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a comprehensive and nationwide system to evaluate the quality of care provided to beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and to provide incentives for voluntary quality improvement.
Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1317 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend titles XI and XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a comprehensive and nationwide system to evaluate the quality of care provided to beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and to provide incentives for voluntary quality improvement.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 06/08/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 06/08/2017 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.”

     

    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.

     

    Read...

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