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 twelve bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of David C. Nye, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1492 – Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 702 – Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1988 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1730 18th Street in Bakersfield, California, as the Merle Haggard Post Office Building (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 954 – To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1397 – To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1404 – Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Raúl Grijalva / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 1541 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 1719 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 1913 – Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 2156 – Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 597 – Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Appointments:
    • Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress: The Chair announced, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to Public Law 101–509, the appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress:
      • Carol A. Mandel of New York.
    • Nye Nomination--Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of David C. Nye, of Idaho, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. 157), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11, 2017; and that all time during morning business, recess, adjournment, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 54 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 156), Neomi Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:15pm on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #116, David C. Nye, of Idaho, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho, post-cloture.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Bipartisan Policy Center
“Solutions to Long-Term Care Financing in Politically Challenging Times”

House Appropriations
Transportation-HUD Appropriations Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.3173 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create alternative sanctions for technical noncompliance with the Stark rule under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24] (Introduced 07/10/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/10/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.3172 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 to extend the Medicare Patient IVIG Access Demonstration Project.
Sponsor: Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 07/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/10/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.3171 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide that certain orthotist's and prosthetist's clinical notes under Medicare be treated as part of the patient's medical record.
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8] (Introduced 07/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/10/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

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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