PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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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The House is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules and is also expected to consider a bill (HR 3180) that would authorize activities for U.S. intelligence agencies and a bill (S 114) that would provide $3.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Summary of Legislative Business
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 478 — "The Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018."– ADOPTED 233 - 185, ROLL CALL 426
      • Republican YEA – 233; NAY - 1
      • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 184
    • H. Res. 478 — "The Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018."– ADOPTED 230 - 196, ROLL CALL 427
      • Republican YEA – 230; NAY - 5
      • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 191
    • Blackburn (R-TN) – Amendment No. 62 - Provides for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division D of the bill (Energy & Waters Appropriations Act). – REJECTED 140 -285 - 1, ROLL CALL 428
      • Republican YEA – 139; NAY - 96
      • Democrat YEA – 1; NAY – 196
    • Perry (R-PA) – Amendment No. 63 - Prohibits the use of funds to implement or enforce the final rule published by the Secretary of Energy entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps." – REJECTED 177 - 248, ROLL CALL 429
      • Republican YEA – 177; NAY - 57
      • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 191
    • Granger (R-TX) En Bloc 1
    • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 1.
    • Bridenstine (R-OK) – Amendment No. 2.
    • Lowenthal (D-CA), Comstock (R-VA), Ellison (D-MN), Moulton (D-MA), Tsongas (D-MA), Welch (D-VT) – Amendment No. 3.
    • Collins, Chris (R-NY), Biggs (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 4.
    • Mast (R-FL) – Amendment No. 5.
    • Shea-Porter (D-NH), Kuster, Ann (D-NH), Cook (R-CA), Boyle (D-PA), Keating (D-MA), Bera (D-CA), Carbajal (D-CA), Larsen, Rick (D-WA), Kildee (D-MI) – Amendment No. 6.
    • Meehan (R-PA), Boyle (R-PA), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kildee (D-MI) – Amendment No. 7.
    • Lance (R-NJ), Pascrell (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 9.
    • Napolitano (D-CA), McKinley (R-WV), Lowenthal (D-CA) – Amendment No. 11..
    • Gallagher (R-WI) – Amendment No. 14.
    • Hunter (R-CA), Peters, Scott (D-CA) – Amendment No. 15.
    • Rosen (D-NV) – Amendment No. 16.
    • Wilson, Joe (R-SC) – Amendment No. 17.
    • Shuster (R-PA) – Amendment No. 18.
    • Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 19.
    • Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 20.
    • McGovern D-(MA), McSally (R-AZ), Jones (R-NC), LoBiondo (R-NJ), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 21.
    • Nolan (D-MN) – Amendment No. 22.
    • Delaney (D-MD), Wagner (R-MO), Dingell (D-MI), Young, Don (R-AK) – Amendment No. 23.
    • Knight (R-CA) – Amendment No. 24.
    • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 25.
    • Cheney (R-WY), Byrne (R-AL) – Amendment No. 26.
    • Paulsen (R-MN), Lewis, Jason (R-MN) – Amendment No. 28.
    • Emmer (D-MN), Bordallo (D-GU) – Amendment No. 29.
    • Garamendi (D-CA), LoBiondo (R-NJ) – Amendment No. 32.
    • Langevin (D-RI), Lieu (D-CA) – Amendment No. 33.
    • Brown (D-MD), Adams (D-NC), Johnson, Hank (D-GA) – Amendment No. 34.
    • Courtney (D-CT), Langevin (D-RI), Wittman (R-VA) – Amendment No. 36.
    • Palazzo (R-MS), Wittman (R-VA) – Amendment No. 37.
    • Welch (D-VT), Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Khanna (D-CA), Jones (R-NC), Walberg (R-MI) – Amendment No. 40.
    • Delaney (D-MD) – Amendment No. 44.
    • Conyers (D-MI), Yoho (R-FL), Khanna (D-CA) – Amendment No. 46.
    • Speier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 49.
    • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 50.
    • Langevin (D-RI), Conaway (R-TX), Garamendi (D-CA) – Amendment No. 52.
    • Nolan (D-MN) – Amendment No. 53 .
    • Raskin (D-MD) – Amendment No. 54
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Langevin (D-RI), Ratcliffe (R-TX), Correa (D-CA), Stefanik (R-NY), Lieu (D-CA), Rosen (D-NV), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 8 - Supports the reinvigoration of the DOD Cyber Scholarship Program. – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Suozzi (D-NY), King, Peter (R-NY), Cook (R-CA) – Amendment No. 10 - Increases Environmental Restoration, Navy funding by $34,734,000 and decreases Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide by $34,734,000. – ADOPTED 214 - 211, ROLL CALL 430
      • Republican YEA – 25; NAY - 209
      • Democrat YEA – 189; NAY – 2
    • Boyle (D-PA), Meehan (R-PA), Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – Amendment No. 12 - Increases by $30 million each the Navy Environmental Restoration Account and the Air Force Environmental Restoration Account for the purpose of remediating perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) drinking water contamination and outreach and engagement with local communities with impacted drinking water systems. –ADOPTED 256 - 169, ROLL CALL 431
      • Republican YEA – 68; NAY - 166
      • Democrat YEA – 188; NAY – 3
    • Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 13 - Reduces the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide account by $30 million and increase the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle account by $30 million. – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Kihuen (D-NV) – Amendment No. 27 - Cuts and restores $6 million of existing funds in order to emphasize the responsibility of the Department of Defense to develop low temperature cascade heat pump technology and product development for advanced environmental control systems. – NOT OFFERED
    • Langevin (D-RI), LoBiondo (R-NJ) – Amendment No. 30 – Supports the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program for environmental and mission resiliency purposes. – NOT OFFERED
    • Dunn (R-FL), Gaetz (R-FL), Rooney, Francis (R-FL), Rooney, Tom (R-FL) – Amendment No. 31 –
    • Reduces the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force account by $30 million and increases the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force to accelerate deployment of Air Force Major Range Test Facility Base (MRTFB) open-air range capabilities in the Eastern Gulf. – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Speier (D-CA), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 35 – Specifies that $25 million appropriated for Defense Health Program research, development, test and evaluation may be used to award grants to medical researchers and universities to support research into early detection of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). – REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Nadler (D-NY), Cicilline (D-RI) – Amendment No. 38 – Strikes sections 8094 and 8095 relating to the release or transfer detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay to secure facilities in the United States and allows for funding to construct, acquire, or modify domestic facilities to host these relocated detainees. – REJECTED 172 - 252, ROLL CALL 432
      • Republican YEA – 3; NAY - 230
      • Democrat YEA – 169; NAY – 22
    • Poe (R-TX) – Amendment No. 39 – Reduces the funds available for Pakistan in the "Operations and Maintenance - Defense Wide" account by $200 million.  – NOT OFFERED
    • Polis (D-CO), Lee, Barbara (D-CA) – Amendment No. 41 - Reduces the total amount appropriated by 1%, excluding military personnel and the Defense Health Program account. – NOT OFFERED
    • Foster (D-IL) – Amendment No. 42 - Prohibits the use of funds to develop a space-based ballistic missile intercept layer. – REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Cartwright (D-PA), Cole (R-OK), Jones (R-NC), Beyer (D-VA), Scott, Austin (R-GA), Bishop, Rob (R-UT), Donovan (R-NY), Cook (R-CA), Loebsack (D-IA), Kilmer (D-WA), Ratcliffe (R-TX), Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 43 - Prohibits the use of funds be used to plan for, begin, continue, complete, process, or approve a public-private competition to determine whether Federal civilian jobs should be outsourced. ADOPTED 253 - 172, ROLL CALL 433
      • Republican YEA – 62; NAY - 172
      • Democrat YEA – 191; NAY – 0
    • Davidson (R-OH) – Amendment No. 45 - Prohibits use of funds with respect to military action in Yemen to the extent that such action is inconsistent with the War Powers Resolution. – REJECTED VOICE
    • DeSantis (R-FL) – Amendment No. 47 - Prohibits funds from being used to purchase heavy water from Iran. – NOT OFFERED
    • DeSantis (R-FL) – Amendment No. 48 - Prohibits funds from being used to pay any salaries or expenses of the office or position of the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure or the Principal Director, Detainee Policy. – NOT OFFERED
    • Langevin (D-RI), Courtney (D-CT), Shea-Porter (D-NH), Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) – Amendment No. 51 - Supports the Manufacturing Technology Program’s initiative to facilitate partnerships to support enhanced manufacturing capabilities for undersea vehicles. – NOT OFFERED
    • MOTION to Recommit on H.R. 3219 – FAILED 193 - 234, ROLL CALL 434
      • Republican YEA – 1; NAY - 234
      • Democrat YEA – 192; NAY – 0
    • PASSAGE of H.R. 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018 – PASSED 235 - 192, ROLL CALL 435
      • Republican YEA – 230; NAY - 5
      • Democrat YEA – 5; NAY – 187

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber is also expected to consider a bill (HR 3180) that would authorize activities for U.S. intelligence agencies and a bill (S 114) that would provide $3.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Bills:
    • HR 873 — Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act
  • Bills:
    • HR 3180 — Fiscal 2018 Intelligence Authorization
  • Bills:
    • S 114 — Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act
  • Bills:
    • HR 2772 — VA Senior Executive Accountability Act
  • Bills:
    • HR 3262 — A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education and training as physician assistants of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department, and for other purposes.
  • Bills:
    • HR 95 — Veterans' Access to Child Care Act

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Daines amendment #340, as modified (Medicare For All Act); not agreed to: 0-57, with 43 senators present.
    • Motion to waive re: Strange amendment #389 (low-income premiums); not agreed to: 50-50.
    • Passage of H.R.3364 (Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions); passed: 98-2.
    • Schumer motion to commit (“Cadillac Tax”); not agreed to: 43-57.
    • Heller amendment #502 (“Cadillac tax”); agreed to: 52-48.
    • Murray motion to commit (to HELP); not agreed to: 48-52.
    • McConnell amendment #667 (ACA “skinny” Repeal); not agreed to: 49-51.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed H.R.3298, Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017, with Flake amendment.

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Treasury
Advisory Committee on Risk-Sharing Mechanisms (ACRSM)

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.1654 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to update the privacy protections for electronic communications information that is stored by third-party service providers in order to protect consumer privacy interests while meeting law enforcement needs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1657 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to update the privacy protections for electronic communications information that is stored by third-party service providers and for geolocation information in order to protect consumer privacy interests while meeting law enforcement needs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3519 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To increase accountability of the Securities and Exchange Commission and to require the Commission to implement a rigorous, fair, and public process for waiving bad actor disqualifications in the securities laws.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3502 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to withdraw guidance regarding disclosure related to climate change.
Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1659 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish a national usury rate for consumer credit transactions.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1647 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the appropriate Federal banking agencies to treat certain non-significant investments in the capital of unconsolidated financial institutions as qualifying capital instruments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1642 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Revised Statutes, the Home Owners' Loan Act, the Federal Credit Union Act, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require the rate of interest on certain loans remain unchanged after transfer of the loan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.3495 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the 21st Century Cures Act to appropriate funds for the Account for the State Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3494 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a National Care Corps, and to authorize grants for local care corps programs, through which qualified volunteers provide care, companionship, and other services to individuals in need, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 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.3493 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for local care corps programs through which qualified volunteers provide care, companionship, and other services to seniors and individuals in need, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3482 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand the use of telehealth under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 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.3451 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to expand the program for payments to teaching health centers with GME programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3450 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide protections for consumers against excessive, unjustified, or unfairly discriminatory increases in premium rates.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3447 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide prescription drug plans under part D of the Medicare program with parts A and B Medicare claims data to promote the appropriate use of medications and improve health outcomes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 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.1667 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide protections for consumers against excessive, unjustified, or unfairly discriminatory increases in premium rates.
Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1656 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide cybersecurity protections for medical devices.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Pensions

H.R.3501 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a procedure under which certain small employers may withdraw from a multi-employer plan in connection with the establishment of a collectively bargained plan.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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...

 

Tax

H.R.3499 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand personal saving and retirement savings coverage by enabling employees not covered by qualifying retirement plans to save for retirement through automatic IRA arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.3476 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the cover-over of rum excise tax revenue.
Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Transportation

H.R.3475 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 23, United States Code, to permit certain vehicles to continue to operate on an Interstate System route in the State of Kentucky.
Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 07/27/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 07/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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.

    Read...

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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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