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 Marvin Kaplan, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House has recessed until September 4.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Calendar #178 Christopher Wray, to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Confirmed: 92-5
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #172, Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit; Confirmed: 66-31
  • Legislative Business
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.3219, Defense consolidated appropriations..
    • Adopted S.Res.237, Legal Counsel
    • Passed S.860, Juvenile Justice, with Grassley amendment
    • Passed Cal.95, S.190, PASS Act
    • Passed Cal.23, S.178, Elder Abuse, with Grassley amendment, by voice vote
    • Passed H.R.601, READ Act, with Rubio amendment, by voice vote
    • Concurred in House amendments on S.114, VA Choice, by voice vote
    • Passed H.R.339, Northern Mariana Islands, Murkowski-Cantwell amendment
    • Passed H.R.2210, Kusich VA Community Living Center
    • Passed S.582, Office of Special Counsel, with Johnson amendment
    • Passed S.717, POWER Act
    • H.R.2288, Veterans Appeals
    • Passed H.R.510, Rapid DNA
    • Adopted S.Res.213, Dallas
    • Adopted S.Res.214, Juneteenth
    • Adopted S.Res.215, Collector Car
    • Adopted S.Res.239, Penguins
    • Adopted S.Res.240, Gators Baseball
    • Adopted S.Res.241, Purple Heart
    • Adopted S.Res.231, Whistleblower Appreciation
    • Adopted S.Res.194, Elder Abuse
    • Adopted S.Res.203, PTSD Awareness
    • Adopted S.Res.221, National Lobster Day
    • Adopted S.Res.233, National Airborne Day
  • Executive Business
    • The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:
      • Executive Calendar #61 Elaine McCusker, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
      • Executive Calendar #63 Robert Daigle, Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
      • Executive Calendar #162 Robert Hood, Assistant Secretary of Defense
      • Executive Calendar #174 Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy
      • Executive Calendar #194 Ryan McCarthy, Under Secretary of the Army
      • Executive Calendar #246 Lucian Neimeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense
      • Executive Calendar #248 Matthew Donovan, Under Secretary of the Air Force
      • Executive Calendar #249 Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #175, Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. At 11:00am there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • During Tuesday’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #174, H.R.2430, FDA User Fees.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Commerce
Executive Session

Senate Foreign Relations
Assessing the Colombia Peace Process: The Way Forward in U.S.-Colombia Relations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.1691 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide minimal cybersecurity operational standards for Internet-connected devices purchased by Federal agencies, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

Financial Services

S.1685 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish procedures for considering certain credit scores in making a determination whether to purchase a residential mortgage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.3635 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act in order to improve the process whereby medicare administrative contractors issue local coverage determinations under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 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.

S.1689 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1688 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate fair prescription drug prices under part D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (32)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.3633 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to adjust the rate of income tax of a publicly traded corporation based on the ratio of compensation of the corporation's highest paid employee to the median compensation of all the corporation's employees.
Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 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...

    Read More
  • 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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