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. 2372 – VETERAN Act and H.R. 2579 – Broader Options for Americans Act. The Senate will resume consideration of S.722, Iran Sanctions.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Due to the incident which occurred yesterday morning the House adjourned at 12:30pm with no votes occurring.

 

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: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 2372 – VETERAN Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Ways and Means Committee)
  • H.R. 2579 – Broader Options for Americans Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act--Agreement:
      • Senate continued 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 97 yeas to 2 nay (Vote No. 144), McConnell (for Crapo) Modified Amendment No. 232, to impose sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation and to combat terrorism and illicit financing.
  • Pending:
    • Corker (for Graham) Amendment No. 240, to reaffirm the strategic importance of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty to the member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its contribution to maintaining stability throughout the world.
    • Gardner Modified Amendment No. 250, to provide an exception for activities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding rule XXII, the cloture motions on the committee-reported substitute amendment and the bill, be withdrawn; and that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 15, 2017, the time until 11 a.m., be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees; and that at 11 a.m., Senate vote on or in relation to Gardner Modified Amendment No. 250 (listed above), then vote on or in relation to Corker (for Graham) Amendment No. 240 (listed above); and that following disposition of Corker (for Graham) Amendment No. 240, the committee-reported substitute amendment, as amended be agreed to, and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.722, Iran Sanctions, with the time until 11:00am equally divided.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will vote in relation to the Gardner amendment #250 (NASA) and Graham amendment #240 (NATO). Following disposition of SA #250, the substitute amendment, as amended, will be agreed to and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
  • As a part of this consent, the cloture motions to the committee-reported substitute and S.722 will be withdrawn. Up to 3 roll call votes are expected beginning at 11:00am.
  • Thursday at 11:00am – up to 3 roll call votes (voice votes on amendments are possible)
    • Adoption of Gardner SA #250 (NASA)
    • Adoption of Graham SA #240 (NATO)
    • Passage of S.722, as amended

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Agriculture
Agricultural Research: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill

Senate Banking
Fostering Economic Growth

Senator Appropriations Committee
“FY2018 for the Health and Human Services Department”

House Judiciary
Data Stored Abroad

House Science, Space, and Technology
Bolstering’s Cybersecurity: Lessons from WannaCry

House Appropriations
Department of Transportation – Budget Hearing

House Financial Services
Flood Insurance Bills Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.1360 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to establish an Insurance Policy Advisory Committee on International Capital Standards and Other Insurance Issues, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 06/14/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 06/14/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.2900 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the prevention and treatment of the use of synthetic recreational drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 06/14/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 06/14/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1357 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a standard definition of therapeutic family care services in Medicaid.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 06/14/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 06/14/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1355 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to combat the heroin epidemic and drug sample backlogs.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 06/14/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: 06/14/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Tax

S.1358 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the treatment of certain direct primary care service arrangements and periodic provider fees.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 06/14/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 06/14/2017 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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