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 continue consideration of a bill (HR 3219) that would provide appropriations for FY 2018 for Defense, Energy and Water, the Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (Republican reconciliation bill).

House

 

Yesterday

  • Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 473 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes." On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 232 - 192 (Roll no. 415).
  • Mr. Mitchell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3210 — "To require the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a report on the backlog of personnel security clearance investigations, and for other purposes." On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2370 — "To authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance." On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1927 — "To amend title 54, United States Code, to establish within the National Park Service the African American Civil Rights Network, and for other purposes." On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 317 — "Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran." On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 473. H.R. 3219 — "Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes."
  • Amendments
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Connolly amendment; Failed by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mrs. Love, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Love amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Kildee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 107 - 314 (Roll no. 416).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Griffith, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Griffith amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 116 - 309 (Roll no. 417).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline, numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Cicilline amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 - 236 (Roll no. 418).
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Shea-Porter, numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Shea-Porter amendment; Failed by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Russell, numbered 9 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Russell amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Bergman, numbered 11 printed in House Report 115-259. By unanimous consent, the Bergman amendment was withdrawn.
    • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Dent, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-259 as en bloc No. 1: 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, and 26. On agreeing to the Dent amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Green, Al, numbered 13 printed in House Report 115-259. By unanimous consent, the Green, Al amendment was withdrawn.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Ratcliffe, numbered 20 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Ratcliffe amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Brat, numbered 21 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Brat amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 23 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 178 - 249 (Roll no. 419).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Bergman, numbered 27 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Bergman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Simpson, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-259 as en bloc No 2: 29, 30, 33, 34, 45, 47, 48, 66, 67, 68, and 69. On agreeing to the Simpson amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, numbered 36 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Mitchell amendment; Failed by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Mast, numbered 32 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Mast amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Heck, numbered 35 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Heck amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Kaptur, numbered 37 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Kaptur amendment; Failed by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Castor (FL), numbered 38 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Castor (FL) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 181 - 246 (Roll no. 420).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Norcross, numbered 39 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Norcross amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 186 - 241 (Roll no. 421).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Quigley, numbered 40 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Quigley amendment; Failed by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, numbered 41 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Failed by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 42 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the McKinley amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 43 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty (CT), numbered 44 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Esty (CT) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 203 - 224 (Roll no. 422).
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 49 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Lujan Grisham, M., numbered 50 printed in House Report 115-259. By unanimous consent, the Lujan Grisham, M. amendment was withdrawn.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 51 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Foster amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi, numbered 52 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 180 - 247 (Roll no. 423).
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Rosen, numbered 53 printed in House Report 115-259. By unanimous consent, the Rosen amendment was withdrawn.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Pingree, numbered 54 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Pingree amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 192 - 235 (Roll no. 424).
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Kihuen, numbered 55 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Kihuen amendment; Failed by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 56 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 234 - 192 (Roll no. 425).
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 57 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 58 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, numbered 59 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Ms. DelBene, numbered 60 printed in House Report 115-259. By unanimous consent, the DelBene amendment was withdrawn.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Burgess, numbered 61 printed in House Report 115-259. On agreeing to the Burgess amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
    • An amendment, offered by Mrs. Blackburn, numbered 62 printed in House Report 115-259.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, numbered 63 printed in House Report 115-259.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Budd, numbered 64 printed in House Report 115-259.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Mitchell, numbered 70 printed in House Report 115-259.

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to continue consideration of a bill (HR 3219) that would provide appropriations for FY 2018 for Defense, Energy and Water, the Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
  • Bills:
    • HR 3219 — Fiscal 2018 Defense Appropriations

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Adoption of Paul amendment #271 (ACA repeal); not agreed to: 45-55.
    • Donnelly motion to commit (protecting Medicaid); not agreed to: 48-52.
    • Casey motion to commit (protecting individuals with disabilities); not agreed to: 48-51.
    • Heller motion to waive re: Heller amendment #288 (Sense of Senate re: Medicaid); not agreed to: 10-90.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (Republican reconciliation bill) with approximately 10 hours of debate remaining. The time between 10:00am and 2:15pm will be equally divided.
  • At 2:15pm, the Senate will vote in relation to the Daines amendment #340, as modified (Medicare For All Act).
  • Additional roll call votes (vote-a-rama) are expected during Thursday’s session.
  • Thursday, July 27th at 2:15pm – 1 roll call vote expected
  • Daines SA #340 (Medicare For All Act)
  • Pending to H.R.1628, American Health Care Act of 2017
  • McConnell SA #267 (repeal ACA and to cure Byrd rule violations)
  • Daines SA #340 (Medicare For All Act)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Agriculture
CFTC Nominations

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Strategies for Improving Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage

House Financial Services
The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System

Senate Banking
Nominations Hearing

Senate Appropriations
Transportation – HUD Markup

House Judiciary Committee
Antitrust Concerns and the FDA Approval Process

House Energy and Commerce
Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.3403 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for an interagency cyber victim coordinator to respond to data breaches and other cyber attacks on Federal employees.
Sponsor: Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3439 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To facilitate better information sharing to assist in the fight against the funding of terrorist activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3425 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 to secure the authority of State and local governments to adopt and enforce measures restricting investment in business enterprises in Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeSantis, Ron [R-FL-6] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Rules
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.1638 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide priority under certain federally assisted housing programs to assist youths who are aging out of foster care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.3417 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a pilot program to improve community-based care infrastructure.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Tax

H.R.3434 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules relating to inverted corporations.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3431 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the volumetric excise tax credit for liquid fuel derived from natural gas through the Fischer-Tropsch process.
Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3420 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emission fees, reduce the rate of the corporate income tax, provide tax credits to workers, deliver additional benefits to retired and disabled Americans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans' Affairs, Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans' Affairs, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for...

S.1639 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emission fees, reduce the rate of the corporate income tax, provide tax credits to workers, deliver additional benefits to retired and disabled Americans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1637 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prohibit the award of Federal Government contracts to inverted domestic corporations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.1636 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules relating to inverted corporations.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.3435 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit the transportation of certain volatile crude oil by rail.
Sponsor: Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3430 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a Highly Automated Vehicle Information Sharing Advisory Council to make recommendations regarding the development of a framework that allows manufacturers of highly automated vehicles to share information related to testing or deployment events on public streets.
Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3421 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to establish a database of exemptions for motor vehicles from the Federal motor vehicle safety standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3416 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a Rural and Mountainous Advisory Council to make recommendations regarding the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles and automated driving systems in areas that are rural, remote, mountainous, insular, or unmapped.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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...

H.R.3414 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a Disability Mobility Advisory Council to make recommendations regarding advancing mobility access for the disabled community with respect to the deployment of automated driving systems.
Sponsor: Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3412 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend section 30103 of title 49, United States Code, to establish sole authority for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the regulation of highly automated vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3411 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an Automated Driving System Cybersecurity Advisory Council to make recommendations regarding cybersecurity for the testing, deployment, and updating of automated driving systems.
Sponsor: Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3408 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend section 30113 of title 49, United States Code to establish new exemptions for motor vehicle safety standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3407 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend chapter 301 of subtitle VI of title 49, United States Code, to require a cybersecurity plan for highly automated vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3406 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend section 30113 of title 49, United States Code, to increase the annual number of vehicles that may be exempted for the development of new vehicle safety features, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3405 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to expand the exemption from the motor vehicle safety standards for testing or evaluation purposes to cover manufacturers of highly automated vehicles and automated driving system components, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3404 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the establishment in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of a Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Council.
Sponsor: Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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...

H.R.3401 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend chapter 301 of subtitle VI of title 49, United States Code, to update or provide new motor vehicle safety standards for highly automated vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 07/26/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/26/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

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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