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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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  • 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 continue consideration of HR 2810 — Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization. The Senate will resume consideration of William Francis Hagerty IV, to be Ambassador to Japan.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 431 — "The Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2842 - Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act."– ADOPTED 234 - 183, ROLL CALL 347
      • Republican YEA – 234; NAY - 0
      • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 183
    • H. Res. 431 — "The combined Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R.1873 - Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act and of the bill H.R.1654 - Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act."– ADOPTED 232 - 187, ROLL CALL 348
      • Republican YEA – 232; NAY - 1
      • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 186
    • H.R. 1492 – “Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED 416 - 2, ROLL CALL 349
      • Republican YEA – 230; NAY - 2
      • Democrat YEA – 186; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 2430 – “FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2664 – “Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2480 – “Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2200 – “Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED BY VOICE
    • LaMalfa (R-CA) - Amendment No. 1 – “Ensures water supply rescheduling provisions apply equitably to all water districts in region.” – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Costa (D-CA) - Amendment No. 2 – “Authorizes the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to conduct geophysical characterization activities of groundwater aquifers and groundwater vulnerability in California, including identifying areas of greatest recharge potential.” – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Costa (D-CA) - Amendment No. 3 –“Authorizes the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to develop a study to enhance mountain runoff to Central Valley Project reservoirs from headwaters restoration activities.” – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Denham (R-CA) - Amendment No. 4 – “Sets a timeline for completion of the New Melones Reservoir study, prevents exploitation of water rights, extends the program to protect Anadromous Fish in Stanislaus River for 2 years.” – PASSED BY VOICE
    • DeSaulnier (D-CA) - Amendment No. 5 – “Requires a review of available and new, innovative technologies for capturing municipal wastewater and recycling it for providing drinking water and energy, and a report on the feasibility of expanding the implementation of these technologies and programs among Central Valley Project contractors.” – REJECTED 201 – 221, ROLL CALL 350
      • Republican YEA – 12; NAY - 221
      • Democrat YEA – 189; NAY – 0
    • Pearce (R-NM) - Amendment No. 6 – “Ensures that the water rights of federally recognized Indian tribes are not affected by this bill.” – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Democrat Motion to Recommit on H.R. 23 – FAILED 189 - 230, ROLL CALL
      • Republican YEA – 2; NAY - 230
      • Democrat YEA – 187; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 23 — "Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017.” – PASSED 230 -190, ROLL CALL 352
      • Republican YEA – 226; NAY - 7
      • Democrat YEA – 4; NAY – 183
    • H.R. 2810 – “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.”
    • Thornberry (R-TX) – Amendment No. 1 – “Makes several technical and conforming changes to the bill.” – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Conaway (R-TX) – Amendment No. 2 – “Prohibits the DoD from entering new biofuels contracts while sequestration remains law. Once sequestration expires or is repealed, it amends current law to require the DoD to include calculations of any financial contributions made by other federal agencies for biofuels purchases.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Polis (D-CO) – Amendment No. 4 – “Reduces the base Defense Department budget by 1% excluding military/reserve/National Guard personnel, as well as Defense Health Program account.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Jayapal (D-WA) [on behalf of Pocan (D-WI)] – Amendment No. 5 – “Expresses the sense of Congress that any authorization to appropriate increases to combined budgets of National Defense Budget (050) and Overseas Contingency Operations should be matched for non-defense discretionary budget.”- VOTE REQUESTED
    • Nadler (D-NY) – Amendment No. 6 – “Strikes section 1022 of the bill prohibiting the use of funds for transfer or release of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Nadler (D-NY) – Amendment No. 7 – “Strikes section 1023 of the bill prohibiting the use of funds to construct or modify facilities in the United States to house detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay.” –REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Blumenauer (D-OR) – Amendment No. 8 – “Modifies Sec. 1244 to include limitations on the development of an INF range ground-launched missile system.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Wilson (R-SC) – Amendment No. 9 – “Prohibits funding for the preparatory commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization except funds used for the international monitoring system.” – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Aguilar (D-CA) – Amendment No. 10 – “Extends a currently required CBO cost estimate review on the fielding, maintaining, modernization, replacement, and life extension of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems from covering a 10-year period to covering a 30-year period.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Garamendi (D-CA) – Amendment No. 12 – “Modifies and extends the scope of the report required by Section 1043 of the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Blumenauer (D-OR) – Amendment No. 13 – “Limits spending on the Long Range Standoff weapon (LRSO) until the Administration submits a Nuclear Posture Review to Congress including a detailed assessment of the weapon.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • McClintock (R-CA) – Amendment No. 14 – “Strikes section 2702, the prohibition on conducting an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Rogers (R-AL) – Amendment No. 88 – “Amends section 1043 of the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act to state that the Secretary may include information and data on the costs of nuclear weapons modernization beyond the currently required 10-year window if the Secretary determines such is accurate and useful.” – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Thornberry (R-TX) En Bloc 1
    • Graves (R-LA) – Amendment No. 3
    • Rogers (R-AL) – Amendment No. 11
    • Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – Amendment No. 15
    • Brown (D-MD), Stefanik (D-NY) – Amendment No. 16
    • Brown (D-MD), Johnson, Hank (D-GA), Adams (D-NC)  – Amendment No. 17
    • Lipinski (D-IL), Khanna (D-CA), Knight (R-CA), Moulton (D-MA), Eshoo (D-CA), Shea-Porter (NH) – Amendment No. 18
    • Ratcliffe (R-TX) – Amendment No. 19
    • Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – Amendment No. 20
    • Cardenas (D-CA) – Amendment No. 21
    • Johnson (R-LA) – Amendment No. 22
    • Cicilline (D-RI) – Amendment No. 23
    • Khanna (D-CA) – Amendment No. 24
    • Herrera-Beutler (R-WA), Tsongas (D-MA) – Amendment No. 25
    • Kuster (D-NH) – Amendment No. 26
    • Gottheimer (D-NJ), McSally (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 27
    • Jones (R-NC) – Amendment No. 28
    • Jones (R-NC) – Amendment No. 29
    • Watson Coleman (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 30
    • Sean Maloney (D-NY) – Amedment No. 31
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Thornberry (R-TX) En Bloc 2
    • Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 32
    • Carson (D-IN), Beyer (D-VA), Bera (D-CA), Kuster, Ann (D-NH) – Amendment No. 33
    • Kuster (D-NH) – Amendment No. 34
    • Lance (R-NJ), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 35
    • Pascrell (D-NJ), Rooney, Tom (R-FL) – Amendment No. 36
    • Meehan (R-PA), Boyle (D-PA), Fitzpatrick (R-PA)  – Amendment No. 37
    • Kuster (D-NH) – Amendment No. 38
    • Thornberry (R-TX), Conaway (R-TX), Suozzi (D-NY) – Amendment No. 39
    • Foxx (R-NC) – Amendment No. 40
    • Connolly (D-VA) – Amendment No. 41
    • Connolly (D-VA), Issa (R-CA) – Amendment No. 43
    • Lipinski (D-IL) – Amendment No. 44
    • Conaway (R-TX), Courtney (D-CT), Jones (R-NC), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 45
    • Burgess (R-TX), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Welch (D-VT), DeFazio (D-OR), Schakowsky (D-IL), Lance (R-NJ) – Amendment No. 46
    • Yoho (R-FL) – Amendment No. 47
    • Sanford (R-SC) – Amendment No. 48
    • Yoho (R-FL), Conyers (D-MI) – Amendment No. 49
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Thornberry (R-TX) En Bloc 3
    • Torres (D-CA) – Amendment No. 50
    • Young, Don (R-AK), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 51
    • Evans (D-PA) – Amendment No. 52
    • Correa (D-CA), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 53
    • Boyle (D-PA), Meehan (R-PA), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kildee (D-MI), Shea-Porter (D-NH), Tonko (D-NY) – Amendment No. 54
    • Walorski (R-IN), Connolly (D-VA) – Amendment No. 55
    • Harper (R-MS), Brady, Robert (D-PA) – Amendment No. 56
    • Maloney, Sean (D-NY) – Amendment No. 57
    • Hanabusa (D-HI) – Amendment No. 58
    • Kilmer (D-WA) – Amendment No. 59
    • Gallego (AZ) – Amendment No. 60
    • Rohrabacher (R-CA) – Amendment No. 61
    • Sinema (D-AZ), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Budd (R-NC) – Amendment No. 62
    • Conyers (D-MI), Gallego (D-AZ) – Amendment No. 63
    • Kihuen (D-NV), Moulton (D-MA), Rosen (D-NV), Gottheimer (D-NJ), Weber (R-TX), Nadler (D-NY) – Amendment No. 64
    • Hastings, Alcee (D-FL), Trott (R-MI) – Amendment No. 65
    • Wilson, Joe (R-SC) – Amendment No. 66
    • Bera (D-CA), Crowley (D-NY) – Amendment No. 67
    • Walz (D-MN), Shea-Porter (D-NH), Heck, Denny (D-WA), Jones (R-NC), Lamborn (R-CO) – Amendment No. 68
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Thornberry (R-TX) En Bloc 4
    • Turner (R-OH) – Amendment No. 69
    • Trott (R-MI) – Amendment No. 70
    • Engel (D-NY) – Amendment No. 71
    • Wilson (D-FL) – Amendment No. 72
    • Fitzpatrick (R-PA), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – Amendment No. 73
    • Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – Amendment No. 74
    • Yoho (R-FL), Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – Amendment No. 75
    • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 76
    • Norman (R-SC) – Amendment No. 77
    • Cicilline (D-RI), Yarmuth (D-KY), Lee, Barbara (D-CA) – Amendment No. 78
    • Soto (D-FL), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 79
    • Correa (D-CA) – Amendment No. 80
    • Aguilar (D-CA) – Amendment No. 81
    • Cooper (D-TN) – Amendment No. 82
    • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 83
    • Culberson (R-TX) – Amendment No. 84
    • LaMalfa (R-CA) – Amendment No. 85
    • Norman (R-SC) – Amendment No. 86
    • Lujan (D-NM) – Amendment No. 87
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • The House has had under consideration H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 and has come to no resolution thereon.
    • All recorded votes will be postponed until tomorrow.

 

Today

  • Noon
    • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to continue consideration of a bill (HR 2810) that would authorize defense programs for FY 2018.
  • Bills:
    • HR 2810 — Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #116, David C. Nye, of Idaho, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho; confirmed: 100-0.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #104, William Francis Hagerty IV, to be Ambassador to Japan; invoked: 89-11.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:30pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #104, William Francis Hagerty IV, to be Ambassador to Japan. At 1:45pm, all post cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Thursday, July 13th at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #104, William Francis Hagerty IV, to be Ambassador to Japan.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Roll Call Live
Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Senate HELP
Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of Labor and Members of the National Labor Relations Board

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

House Financial Services
Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on the Capital Markets

Bipartisan Policy Center
“Future of Health Care: Can Increased State Flexibility Balance Innovation, Cost and Coverage?”

House Ways and Means
Tax Reform and Small Businesses Growth

House Appropriations
FY 2018 Commerce, Justice & Science; FY 2018 Finance Services

Senate Finance
McAleenan Nomination

Senate Appropriations
Transportation Appropriations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.3202 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a report on cyber vulnerability disclosures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Homeland Security
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

H.R.3191 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit the use of Federal funds to establish, support, or otherwise promote a joint cybersecurity initiative with Russia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

S.1544 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prevent Federal funds from being used to establish a cybersecurity unit in cooperation with the Russian Federation.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: Senate - Foreign Relations
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3215 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize appropriations for the public housing Capital Fund for addressing urgent capital needs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3192 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure access to mental health services for children under the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1546 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide greater flexibility in offering health insurance coverage across State lines.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1545 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the same level of Federal matching assistance for every State that chooses to expand Medicaid coverage to newly eligible individuals, regardless of when such expansion takes place.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.1533 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to cover physician services delivered by podiatric physicians to ensure access by Medicaid beneficiaries to appropriate quality foot and ankle care, to amend title XVIII of such Act to modify the requirements for diabetic shoes to be included under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 07/12/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 07/12/2017 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...

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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.

     

    Read...

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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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