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 Senate will resume consideration of Kevin Christopher Newsom, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

House

 

Friday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Veterans' Access to Child Care Act:
      • H.R. 95, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs;
    • Veterans Affairs Senior Executive Accountability Act:
      • H.R. 2772, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for requirements relating to the reassignment of Department of Veterans Affairs senior executive employees;
    • Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3262, amended, 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, and to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department; and
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``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, and for other purposes.''.
    • Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act:
      • H.R. 873, to authorize the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation to establish the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia.
    • Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:
      • The House passed H.R. 3180, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a yea-and-nay vote of 380 yeas to 35 nays, Roll No. 437.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 481, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3180) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 436, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act:
      • The House passed S. 114, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 438.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in H. Rept. 115–262 shall be considered as adopted.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To authorize appropriations and to appropriate amounts for the Veterans Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve hiring authorities of the Department, to authorize major medical facility leases, and for other purposes.''.
    • H. Res. 480, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (S. 114) was agreed to by voice vote, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
    • Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act:
      • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 371, as amended by Representative Royce, to make technical changes and other improvements to the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017.

 

Today

  • The House has recessed until September 4.

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00pm on Monday, July 31, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #172, Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Newsom nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Office of National Drug Control Policy
“Teleconference of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis”

House Agriculture
Farm Bill Listening Session: Conversations in the Field

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.3565 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas on all available Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Natural Resources
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3626 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Bank Service Company Act to provide improvements with respect to State banking agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3625 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require Senate confirmation of Inspector General of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Oversight and Government Reform, Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.3619 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States to use 3 percent of its profits for administrative expenses.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3606 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices related to the marketing and provision of overdraft coverage programs at depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3601 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to clarify data and information sharing requirements regarding consumer complaints, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kustoff, David [R-TN-8] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3575 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide standards for physical condition and management of housing receiving assistance payments under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.
Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3556 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to engage in credit risk transfer transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Ways and Means, Agriculture
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Agriculture, 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.3555 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide that the definition of a facility of an exchange does not apply to a line of business the purpose of which is not to effect or report a transaction on an exchange.
Sponsor: Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3539 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to establish a procedure for the removal of a booking photograph from a consumer's file, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3538 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to create additional requirements for original and new creditors of mortgage loans in the case of a sale, transfer, or assignment of a mortgage loan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3615 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3611 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create incentives for healthcare providers to promote quality healthcare outcomes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3566 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To strengthen resources to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in rural communities across America.
Sponsor: Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Agriculture
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.3536 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require persons who undertake Federally funded research and development of drugs to enter into reasonable pricing agreements with the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3528 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require e-prescribing for coverage under part D of the Medicare program of prescription drugs that are controlled substances.
Sponsor: Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 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.

 

Tax

H.R.3620 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand eligibility for the refundable credit for coverage under a qualified health plan.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3603 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent earnings stripping of corporations which are related to inverted corporations.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-9] (Introduced 07/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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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