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 is expected to consider several bills under suspension of the rules as well as HR 23 — Gaining Responsibility on Water Act and HR 2810 — Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization. The Senate will resume consideration of David C. Nye, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho. Immediately upon disposition of the Nye nomination, there will be a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of William Francis Hagerty IV, to be Ambassador to Japan.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • H.R. 1492 – “Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – VOTE ORDERED
    • H.R. 702 – “Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • 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” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 954 – “To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1397 – “To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED 406 - 0, ROLL CALL 345
      • Republican YEA – 226; NAY - 0
      • Democrat YEA – 180; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 1404 – “Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • 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” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1719 – “John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED 401 - 15, ROLL CALL 346
      • Republican YEA – 216; NAY - 15
      • Democrat YEA – 185; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 1913 – “Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1306 – “Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2156 – “Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 597 – “Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules and a bill (HR 23) that would take numerous actions to increase the availability of water in California's Central Valley. The House is also expected to begin consideration of a bill (HR 2810) that would authorize defense programs for FY 2018.
  • Bills:
    • HR 2664 — Enhancing Detection for Human Trafficking Act
  • Bills:
    • HR 2480 — Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act
  • Bills:
    • HR 2200 — A bill to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes.
  • Bills:
    • HR 23 — Gaining Responsibility on Water Act
  • Bills:
    • HR 2810 — Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization
  • Bills:
    • HR 2430 — FDA Reauthorization Act

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Executive Business:
    • The Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of David C. Nye, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho. By unanimous consent a vote on the Nye nomination will be held on Wednesday.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 12, 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. All post-cloture time will be expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Nye nomination. Immediately upon disposition of the Nye nomination, there will be a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #104, William Francis Hagerty IV, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to Japan.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Hagerty nomination, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation, with the time counting as if having been invoked at 1:00am. A vote on confirmation is expected during Thursday’s session.
  • Wednesday at approximately 12:15pm—2 roll call votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #116, David Nye, to be US District Judge for the District of Idaho
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #104, William Francis Hagerty IV, to be Ambassador to Japan

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate EPW
Markup of Pending Business

House Energy and Commerce
Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States

House Financial Services
Semi-Annual Testimony on the Federal Reserve’s Supervision and Regulation of the Financial System

Senate EPW
Innovative Transportation Infrastructure Financing

House Science, Space and Technology
U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness and Priorities

House Energy and Commerce
Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications

House Appropriations
Markup: FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill and FY2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

House Financial Services
Examining Legislative Proposals to Provide Targeted Regulatory Relief to Community Financial Institutions

House Oversight and Government Reform
GSA Acquisition Oversight and Reform

House Judiciary Committee
Markup of H.R. 469; H.R. 2851

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.3179 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the appropriate Federal banking agencies, when issuing certain prudential regulations that are substantively more stringent than a corresponding international prudential standard to publish the rationale for doing so and a cost-benefit analysis of the difference, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hollingsworth, Trey [R-IN-9] (Introduced 07/11/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3181 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 07/11/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/11/2017 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.3178 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the delivery of home infusion therapy and dialysis and the application of the Stark rule under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 07/11/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/11/2017 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.

S.1530 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to voluntarily adopt advance directives guiding the medical care they receive.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 07/11/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 07/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.1529 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand eligibility for the refundable credit for coverage under a qualified health plan.
Sponsor: Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] (Introduced 07/11/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 07/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

 

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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