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 complete consideration of H.R. 2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative
    • Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2810 — "To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes."
    • Considered as unfinished business:
      • On agreeing to the Conaway amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 198 - 225 (Roll no. 356).
      • On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 73 - 351 (Roll no. 357).
      • On agreeing to the Jayapal amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 179 - 245 (Roll no. 358).
      • On agreeing to the Nadler amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 167 - 257 (Roll no. 359).
      • On agreeing to the Blumenauer amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 173 - 249 (Roll no. 360).
      • On agreeing to the Aguilar amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 188 - 235 (Roll no. 361).
      • On agreeing to the Rogers (AL) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 253 - 172 (Roll no. 362).
      • On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 192 - 232 (Roll no. 363).
      • On agreeing to the Blumenauer amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 169 - 254 (Roll no. 364).
      • On agreeing to the McClintock amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 175 - 248 (Roll no. 365).
  • Amendment:
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-217 to strike section 123 regarding icebreaker vessels. On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 198 - 220 (Roll no. 366).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Buck, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-217 to require the DOD to complete a cost competitiveness calculation ensuring that the Department does not purchase alternative fuels unless they are as cost effective as traditional fuels. Also, research on alternative fuels is allowed to continue. On agreeing to the Buck amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 203 - 218 (Roll no. 367).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-217 to strike section 336, relating to climate change. On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 234 (Roll no. 368).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-217 to direct that any determination of prevailing wage pursuant to this Act, shall be conducted by the Secretary of Labor using surveys carried out by the Bureau that use proper random statistical sampling techniques. On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 242 (Roll no. 370).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Rooney, Thomas J., numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-217 to strike Sec. 541 which prohibits student-athletes graduating from service academies from seeking a deferment of service in order to pursue professional athletic careers. On agreeing to the Rooney, Thomas J. amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 107 - 318 (Roll no. 371).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Keating, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-217 to authorize the Secretary of Defense to use Defense Health Program funds for testing ticks for tick-borne diseases. On agreeing to the Keating amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mrs. Hartzler, numbered 10 printed in House Report 115-217 to prohibit funds for medical treatment (other than mental health treatment) related to gender transition to a person entitled to medical care under chapter 55 of title 10, U.S. code. On agreeing to the Hartzler amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 209 - 214 (Roll no. 369).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Cole, numbered 12 printed in House Report 115-217 to direct the President to provide to Congress a strategy and a budgetary analysis needed to defeat Al-Quaeda, the Taliban, The Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS, no later than 30 days after final passage. The report shall include an analysis of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the legal framework to accomplish the strategy described. On agreeing to the Cole amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Franks (AZ), numbered 13 printed in House Report 115-217 to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct strategic assessments of the use of violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine to support extremist or terrorist messaging and justification.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Cheney, numbered 14 printed in House Report 115-217 to prevent reductions of ICBMs below the levels set by the New START Treaty. On agreeing to the Cheney amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Lamborn, numbered 15 printed in House Report 115-217 to normalize the operational test and evaluation process for the ballistic missile defense system by conforming the condition for proceeding beyond low-rate initial production in line with all other major defense acquisition programs.
    • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed House Report 115-217 as en bloc No. 1: Nos. 2, 8, 9, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, offered by Mr. Thornberry, offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed House Report 115-217 as en bloc No. 2: Nos. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, and 53. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

 

Today

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc.
  • A list of the 122 amendments made in order can be found HERE.
  • Postponed Amendment Votes:
    • Rep. Trent Franks Amendment
    • Rep. Doug Lamborn Amendment

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #104, William Francis Hagerty IV, to be Ambassador to Japan; confirmed: 86-12.
  • Legislative Business
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.2430, FDA Reauthorization Act.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways and Means
Social Security’s Solvency Challenge: Status of the Social Security Trust Funds

House Financial Services
A Review of Fixed Income Market Structure

Healthcare Leadership Council
“Best Practices for Assessing and Driving Value in Healthcare”

House Appropriations
FY2018 T-HUD Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.1563 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to authorize the Office of Fossil Energy to develop advanced separation technologies for the extraction and recovery of rare earth elements and minerals from coal and coal byproducts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 07/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 07/13/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3221 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide exemptions under the Truth in Lending Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 to encourage access to affordable mortgages, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kustoff, David [R-TN-8] (Introduced 07/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3216 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the disclosure of the total number of a company's domestic and foreign employees.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 07/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3236 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve provider and supplier cost reporting of ambulance services under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22] (Introduced 07/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/13/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.3224 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to clarify reasonable costs for critical access hospital payments under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3] (Introduced 07/13/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/13/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

 

Tax

H.R.3217 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the identification of corporate tax haven countries and increased penalties for tax evasion practices in haven countries that ship United States jobs overseas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 07/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: 07/13/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

 

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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