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 is expected to consider HR 3354 the expected legislative vehicle for Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2810, National Defense Authorization Act.

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Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • H.R. 3284 - Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • H.R. 2453 - DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2427 - Pathways to Improving Homeland Security At the Local Level Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Val Demings / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2470 - Homeland Threat Assessment Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2468 - Unifying DHS Intelligence Enterprise Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2433 - Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists Use of Virtual Currencies Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2454 - Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2442 - FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2443 - Department of Homeland Security Classified Facility Inventory Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2471 - TRACER Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford / Homeland Security Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 931 - Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Collins / Energy and Commerce Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2611 - Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Natural Resources Committee) – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED 390 - 0, ROLL CALL 485
        • Republican YEA – 214; NAY - 0
        • Democrat YEA – 176; NAY – 0
    • Amendments to H.R. 3354 Division C (Commerce, Justice, & Science & Related Agencies)
    • Culberson En Bloc 3
    • Castro (D-TX) – Amendment No. 81 - Increases funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms.
    • Reichert (R-WA) – Amendment No. 82 - Adds $10 million for competitive and evidence-based programs to reduce gun crime and gang violence, which is offset by a $10 million reduction from the general administration account for the Department of Justice.
    • Demings (D-FL), Butterfield (D-NC), Velázquez (D-NY), Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 84 -Increases funding for the Minority Business Development Agency by $5 million, offset by a reduction to Department of Commerce, Departmental Management, Salaries and Expenses.
    • Courtney (D-CT), Larson, John (D-CT) – Amendment No. 86 - Directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology to consider establishing standards for acceptable levels of pyrrhotite in concrete aggregate, and to continue providing technical assistance to those interested in pyrrhotite detection, prevention, and mitigation tools.
    • Lipinski (D-IL), LoBiondo (R-NJ) – Amendment No. 88 - Restores $10.1M in funding to maintain on-site Information Technology Officers in each National Weather Service Forecast Office.
    • Lipinski (D-IL), LoBiondo (R-NJ) – Amendment No. 89 - Restores $1.2M in funding and eliminates the need to cut staff in the NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction or consolidate functions into the Weather Prediction Center.
    • Bonamici (D-OR), Peters, Scott (D-CA), Pingree (D-ME), Beyer (D-VA), Heck, Denny (D-WA) – Amendment No. 90 - Increases funding for ocean acidification program and decrease by same to highlight importance of program to help coastal communities.
    • Bonamici (D-OR) – Amendment No. 92 - Increases funding for the National Ocean Service to do coastal monitoring and assessment of harmful algal blooms. Decreases funding by same.
    • Buchanan (R-FL), Mast (R-FL) – Amendment No. 93 - Increases funding for NOAA’s National Ocean Service by $8,000,000 to detect, respond to, and develop new and innovative technologies to mitigate impacts from some of the country’s most challenging Harmful Algal Blooms -- red tides caused by Karenia brevis algae and decreases funding from Department of Commerce’s Departmental Management by the same amount.
    • Demings (D-FL), Langevin (D-RI), Butterfield (D-NC) – Amendment No. 95 - Restores funding for DOJ Youth Mentoring grants to the FY17 level (+5 million), offset by a reduction to Department of Justice, General Administration, Salaries and Expenses.
    • Lujan Grisham (D-NM) – Amendment No. 96 - Increases funds for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program by $5 million and reduces DOJ General Administration by the same amount.
    • Castro (D-TX) – Amendment No. 97 - Increases funding for the Body Worn Camera Partnership Initiative.
    • Norman (D-SC) – Amendment No. 98 - Transfers funding from the Department of Justice (DOJ) General Administration Account to Opioid Abuse Reduction Activities.
    • McSally (R-AZ), Arrington (R-TX), Gosar (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 99 - Increases State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding which reimburses states and localities for the costs of incarcerating unlawfully present individuals who have committed crimes in the United States by $10 million.
    • Issa (R-CA) – Amendment No. 100 - Increases funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program and equally decreases funding for asset forfeiture.
    • Cohen (D-TN), Maloney, Carolyn (D-NY) – Amendment No. 102 - Increases funding for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) by $4 million, offset by a $4 million reduction to the increased amount allocated in the bill to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
    • Brownley (D-CA), Rosen (D-NV), Keating (D-MA) – Amendment No. 103 - Increases funds for Veterans Treatment Courts by $3 million, off-set with $3 million from DEA.
    • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 107 - Reduces funding for the Federal Prison System by $500,000 and increases funding for Violence Against Women Prevention Programs by $500,000
    • Cicilline (D-RI) – Amendment No. 110 - Provides funding to provide training and resources for first responders on carrying and administering an opioid overdose reversal drug or device approved or cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, and purchasing such a drug or device for first responders to carry.
    • Murphy, Tim (R-PA) – Amendment No. 111 - Increases by $2 million grants that support community initiatives and expand mental health and drug treatment. Funds facilitate collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to improve access to effective treatment for people with mental illnesses involved with the justice system.
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Mitchell (R-MI) – Amendment No. 83 - Reduces by 10% general administrative and departmental salary and expense accounts in Division C, and transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Comstock (R-VA), Poliquin (R-ME), Stefanik (R-NY), Barletta (R-PA), Rosen (D-NV), Hultgren (R-IL), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Kelly (R-PA), Kuster, Ann (D-NH) – Amendment No. 85 - Transfers $30 million from the Census Periodic Censuses and Programs account to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Torres (D-CA), Khanna (D-CA), Rosen (D-NV), Esty (D-CT) – Amendment No. 87 - Increases funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership by $5 million and reduces DOJ-General Administration-Salaries and Expenses by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • McKinley (R-WV) – Amendment No. 91 - Provides funding for the NOAA Environmental Security Computing Center to support an increase in electrical capacity and completion of the build out.
      • – ADOPTED VOICE
    • Rosen (D-NV) – Amendment No. 94 - Maintains FY17 funding level for National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).
      • – REJECTED VOICE
    • Cohen (D-TN), Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – Amendment No. 101 - Increases funding for Legal Services Corporation by $10 million, offset by a $10 million reduction to the increased amount allocated in the bill to the U.S. Marshals Service.
      • - WITHDRAWN
    • DeSaulnier (D-CA), Esty (D-CT) – Amendment No. 104 - Increases funding for opioid treatment through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) by $98 million.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 105 - Reduces Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-Salaries and Expenses by $64.6888 million (5%), and transfers the same amount to the Spending Reduction Account. 
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Grothman (R-WI) [on behalf of Buck (R-CO)] – Amendment No. 106 - Strikes language that currently prevents funds from being used to process applications for relief from personal firearms disabilities.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Cohen (D-TN) [on behalf of Jackson Lee (D-TX)] – Amendment No. 108 - Provides funds for the support of Juvenile Justice.
      • - WITHDRAWN
    • Pascrell (D-NJ), Reichert (R-WA) – Amendment No. 109 - Provides $100 million for the COPS Hiring Program.
      • – ADOPTED VOICE
    • Smith, Lamar (R-TX) – Amendment No. 112 - Increases basic research in the physical and biological sciences by 0.5% of the NSF Research budget.
      • – ADOPTED VOICE
    • Scott, Bobby (D-VA) – Amendment No. 113 - Strikes Sec. 542 which prohibits funds from being used by EEOC to implement new pay data collection requirements.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • King, Steve (R-IA) – Amendment No. 114 - Ensures that funds are not used in contravention of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to support sanctuary cities.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Zeldin (R-NY) – Amendment No. 115 - Lifts the ban on striped bass fishing in the Block Island Transit Zone between Montauk, NY and Block Island, RI.
      • – ADOPTED VOICE
    • Rooney, Francis (R-FL) – Amendment No. 116 - Prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Norton (D-DC) – Amendment No. 117 - Prohibits funds from being used by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to require individuals in halfway houses or on home confinement to pay a subsistence fee as authorized by Sec. 3622 (c)(2) of Title 18.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Latta (R-OH) – Amendment No. 118 - Prohibits the ATF from reclassifying the M855 ammunition as armor piercing ammunition.
      • – ADOPTED VOICE
    • King, Steve (R-IA), Perry (R-PA), Gaetz (R-FL) – Amendment No. 119 - Ensures that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • King, Steve (R-IA) – Amendment No. 120 - Ensures that no funds may be used on new hires who have not been verified through the E-Verify program.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Gaetz (R-FL) – Amendment No. 121 - Prevents funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce any project labor agreement.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Deutch (D-FL), Curbelo (R-FL), Hastings, Alcee (D-FL), Frankel (D-FL), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) – Amendment No. 122 - Prohibits NOAA from using funds to relocate the Southeast Fisheries Science Center located in Virginia Key, Florida.
      • – ADOPTED VOICE
    • Serrano (D-NY) [on behalf of Crowley (D-NY)] – Amendment No. 123 - Prohibits funds in the bill for private prisons.
      • – REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Flores (R-TX) [on behalf of Byrne (R-AL)] – Amendment No. 124 - Prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce President Obama’s Executive Order No. 13547 relating to the stewardship of oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes, including the National Ocean Policy.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Buck (R-CO) – Amendment No. 125 - Prohibits funds from being used under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program in contravention of Sec. 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Amash (R-MI), Sanford (R-SC), Labrador (R-ID), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Blumenauer (R-OR), Jayapal (D-WA), Khanna (D-CA), Beyer (D-VA), Gabbard (D-HI) – Amendment No. 126 - Restricts the federal government’s use of adoptive forfeiture.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Roskam (R-IL) – Amendment No. 127 - Prohibits bonuses to the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture division of DOJ until they make decisions on the backlog of petitions of remission or mitigation on civil asset forfeiture cases.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • LaMalfa (R-CA) - Amendment No. 128 - Prohibits funding to implement salmon trap and haul program in order to further examine alternatives with greater likelihood of long term success.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Walberg (R-MI), Cohen (D-TN), McClintock (R-CA), Ellison (D-MN) – Amendment No. 129 - Limits funds to carry out Department of Justice Policy Directive 17-1, which reinstates the adoptive seizure policy and circumvents state limitations on civil asset forfeiture.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Raskin (D-MD), Conyers (D-MI), Sensenbrenner (R-WI) – Amendment No. 130 - Prohibits funds from being used to implement Order Number 3946-2017 allowing Department of Justice components and agencies to forfeit assets seized by State or local law enforcement agencies.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Amendments to Division F – (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies)
    • Cole (R-OK) En Bloc 4
    • Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Pocan (D-WI), Jackson Lee (D-TX), Butterfield (D-NC) – Amendment No. 132 - Increases funding for the Office of Job Corps, offset with DOL administration funds.
    • Bonamici (D-OR), Stefanik (R-NY), Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) – Amendment No. 140 - Increases funding for Women Apprenticeships in Nontraditional Occupations Grants for local communities to provide pre-apprenticeship training.
    • Bonamici (D-OR), Gabbard (D-HI) – Amendment No. 143 - Reduces Health Workforce by $18,270,000 and increases Health Workforce by $18,270,000 to express support for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs.
    • Kildee (D-MI) – Amendment No. 144 - Increases funding for programs that reduce lead exposure by $1 million each and decreases General Departmental Management in the Office of the Secretary by the same amount.
    • Nolan (D-MN) – Amendment No. 146 - Increases the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases program by $300,000 for additional Lyme Disease research, offset with a reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary account.
    • Keating (D-MA), Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 147 - Provides funds to support distribution of CDC tick-borne disease prevention and early detection materials in high-risk areas.
    • Mast (R-FL) – Amendment No. 148 - Increases the Safe Water Program under the CDC’s Environmental Health account by $400,000 to match FY17 program requirements and continue safeguarding public health by reducing and investigating environmental threats to water systems and addressing public exposure to waterborne contaminants.
    • DeSaulnier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 151 - Increases National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding by $1 million to execute a study on how to improve doctor-patient communication.
    • Tonko (D-NY) – Amendment No. 153 - Specifies that $12.5 million appropriated for the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration may be used to award competitive grants to strengthen mental health and substance use community crisis response systems as authorized in the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.
    • Denham (R-CA) – Amendment No. 157 - Ensures shelters and centers that administer runaway and homeless youth grants do not face an extended gap in grant eligibility due to off-cycle appropriations from previous years.
    • McSally (R-AZ), Stefanik (R-NY) – Amendment No. 159 - Increases funding for the Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III B supportive services account $14.2 million.
    • Bonamici (D-OR), Costello (R-PA) – Amendment No. 162 - Increases funding for State Assessment Grants, Title I, Part B by $8.9 million.
    • Bonamici (D-OR), Stefanik (R-NY), Polis (D-CO) – Amendment No. 163 - Increases funding for Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, by $1.15 billion and decreases by same.
    • DeSaulnier (D-CA), Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) – Amendment No. 166 - Provides $10 million in funding for Statewide Family Engagement Centers in education.
    • Murphy, Tim (R-PA) – Amendment No. 177 - Awards $10 million in grants for training medical residents and fellows practicing mental health and addiction treatment in under-served and community based settings that integrate primary care with mental and substance use disorders prevention and treatment services.
    • Sewell (D-AL), Scott, Bobby (D-VA) – Amendment No. 181 - Prohibits Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds from going to a child care provider that has been complicit, due to a health and safety violation, in the death of a child in its care and remains exempt from state licensure, safety, and oversight requirements.
    • Griffith (D-VA), Scott, Bobby (D-VA) – Amendment No. 185 - Adds $2.734 million to the Black Lung Clinics Program in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide for a total of $10 million, the authorized level, with this transfer offset by a reduction in HRSA’s Program Management account.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Kildee (D-MI) – Amendment No. 131 - Increases funding for Youth Employment Activities by $10 million and reduces Department of Labor Salaries and Expenses by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Mitchell (R-MI) – Amendment No. 133 - Reduces by 10% general administrative and departmental salary and expense accounts in Division F, and transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.
      • – REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Pocan (D-WI) [on behalf of DeLauro (D-CT)] – Amendment No. 134 - Increases funding to labor enforcement agencies, offset with reductions to Department of Labor, Department of HHS, and Department of Education program administration funds.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Pocan (D-WI), Ellison (D-MN) – Amendment No. 135 - Restores funding to Wage and Hour in order to combat wage theft and other FLSA violations.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Sablan (D-MP) – Amendment No. 136 - Transfers funds from OSHA-Salaries and Expenses-Compliance Assistance-Federal Assistance to OSHA-Salaries and Expenses-Federal Enforcement to fund a Full Time Employment position to increase OSHA enforcement presence in the Pacific as a result of recent worker fatalities and numerous injuries at construction and other work sites.
      • – REJECTED VOICE
    • Pocan (D-WI) – Amendment No. 137 - Increase funding to OSHA.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 138 - Increases the Women’s Bureau within the Department of Labor by $1.064 million, and reduces Bureau of Labor Statistics – Prices and Cost of Living Division by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Foster (D-IL), Himes (D-CT), Moulton (D-MA) – Amendment No. 139 - Requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to submit an estimate of the resources needed to model for various changes in the workforce composition because of technological displacement.
      • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Meng (D-NY), Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Barragán (D-CA) – Amendment No. 141 - Increases funding for the Behavioral Health Workforce and Training program by $5 million.
      • – REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Meng (D-NY) – Amendment No. 142 - Increases funding for HRSA’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program by $4 million, consistent with the current enacted level of funding, and decreases funding for the Office of the Secretary of the HHS by the same amount.
      • – REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Kildee (D-MI) – Amendment No. 145 - Increases the Healthy Start Program by $24.8 million and reduces General Departmental Management in the Office of the Secretary by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Flores (R-TX) – Amendment No. 149 - Decreases CMS Program Management by $120 million. Increases CDC funding by $40 million for intended an opioid drug overdose prevention program, increases National Cancer Institute funding by $40 million, increases National Institute on Aging funding by $40 million.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Tenney (R-NY) – Amendment No. 150 - Increases $10 million to Community Services Block Grants and reduces funding for Global Health by $14 million.
      • - WITHDRAWN
    • Nolan (D-MN) – Amendment No. 152 - Increases National Cancer Institute funding by $3,819,000, offset with a reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary account.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Clark (D-MA) [on behalf of DeLauro (D-CT)] – Amendment No. 154 - Amendment No. 154 - Increases SAMHSA mental health programs by $231.33 million, reduces HHS program administration funds by the same amount collectively.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Murphy, Tim (R-PA) – Amendment No. 155 - Increases court-ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment by $5 million from $15 million to $20 million.
      • - VOTE REQUESTED
    • Kelly (R-PA) – Amendment No. 156 - Supports funding of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program to train pregnancy and health counselors regarding how to offer adoption as an option to women with unplanned pregnancies.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Bonamici (D-OR), Loebsack (D-IA) – Amendment No. 158 - Increases Aging and Disability Services by $51,000,000 and reduces General Departmental Management by $64,000,000 to provide additional funding for Older Americans Act Title III, parts B, C, and E nutrition programs.
      • – REJECTED BY VOICE
    • Lujan (D-NM) – Amendment No. 160 - Reallocates $2 million within General Departmental Management
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Lowey (D-NY) [on behalf of DeLauro (D-CT), Cicilline (D-RI), Carson (D-IN), Kildee (D-MI), Welch (D-VT), Frankel (D-FL)] – Amendment No. 161 - Increases funding to 21st Century Community Learning Centers program by $100 million, reduces Department of Education program administration funds by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Courtney (D-CT) – Amendment No. 164 - Increases Funding for Magnet Schools Assistance by $1,184,000 and reduces Charter School Grants by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Grijalva (D-AZ) – Amendment No. 165- Increases the English Language Acquisition program, under Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act by $62,600,000.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Lewis, Jason (R-MN), Mitchell (R-MI), Rooney, Francis (R-FL), Ferguson (R-GA), Smucker (R-PA), Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 167 - Increases Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Grants by $70,246,000 and reduces Higher Education by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 168 - Reduces funding for the Department of Education's Program Administration, Office of Inspector General, and Office of Student Aid Administration by $43.759 million (2%).
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Rooney, Francis (R-FL) – Amendment No. 169 - Reduces the funding of Institute of Education Sciences by $195,311,000
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 170 - Reduces National Labor Relations Board by $99 million and transfers the same amount to the Spending Reduction Account.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Rooney, Francis (R-FL) – Amendment No. 171 - Prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Meadows (R-NC) – Amedment No. 172 - Reduces the number of positions and funding at the Mine Safety and Health Administration by 10%.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Walberg (R-MI), Perry (R-PA) – Amendment No. 173 - Prohibits funds from being used to implement the National Labor Relations Board’s “Ambush Election” Rule.
      • - VOTE REQUESTED
    • Blackburn (R-TN) – Amendment No. 174 - Provides for a 1% across the board cut to all accounts in Division F (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education).
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Murphy, Tim (R-PA) - Amendment No. 175 - Provides $5 million for grants that enhance infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment programs and reduces ‘‘Health Resources and Services Administration—Program Management’’ by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Murphy, Tim (R-PA) – Amendment No. 176 - Provides $9 million to carry out the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access grant program and reduces ‘‘Health Resources and Services Administration—Program Management’’ by the same amount.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Murphy, Tim (R-PA) – Amendment No. 178 - Provides $5 million for the creation and operation of a National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory.
      • - WITHDRAWN
    • Murphy, Tim (R-PA) – Amendment No. 179 - Provides $10 million in grants to develop, maintain, or enhance a database of inpatient psychiatric facilities, crisis stabilization units, and residential community mental health and residential substance use disorder treatment facilities to address a lack of inpatient psychiatric beds.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Gaetz (R-FL) – Amendment No. 180 - Prevents funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce any project labor agreement.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Burgess (R-TX) – Amendment No. 182 - Provides $10,000,000 to the Controlled Substance Monitoring Program, per 42 U.S.C 280g-3. The amendment is offset by a reduction in the “Office of the Secretary, General Department Management” for $10,000,000.
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Huizenga (R-MI), Kelly (R-PA) – Amendment No. 183 - Prohibits the use of funds to promulgate or implement regulations relating to occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • Scott, Bobby (D-VA), Conyers (D-MI) – Amendment No. 184 - Prohibits the use of funds in this Act to prepare for or facilitate the transfer of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs into the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
      • – ADOPTED VOICE
    • Ellison (D-MN), Grijalva (D-AZ), Pocan (D-WI) – Amendment No. 186 - Prohibits funds from going to federal contractors with willful or repeated violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • Gibbs (R-OH) – Amendment No. 187 - Prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the final Department of Labor regulations "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”.
      • – VOTE REQUESTED
    • King, Steve (R-IA) – Amendment No. 188 - Ensures that no funds may be used on new hires who have not been verified through the E-Verify program.
      • – NOT OFFERED
    • King, Steve (R-IA), Perry (R-PA), Gaetz (R-FL) – Amendment No. 189 - Ensures that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.
      • – NOT OFFERED

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business. The chamber is expected to continue consideration of a measure (HR 3354) that provides for FY 2018 appropriations.
  • Bills:
    • HR 3354 — Expected Legislative Vehicle for Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #110, Kevin Hassett, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; confirmed: 81-16.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2810, National Defense Authorization Act, with no post-cloture time remaining. Once the bill is pending, we expect Senator McCain to offer a substitute amendment and for Senator McConnell to offer Senator Paul’s AUMF amendment. We could see a vote on a motion to table the AUMF amendment in the morning.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
America's Opioid Epidemic: Search for Solutions

Health Affairs
“Understanding the Value of Innovations in Medicine”

Senate Commerce
Self-Driving Trucks

House Natural Resources
Markup

Senate Judiciary
Guest Worker Program/DACA

House Energy and Commerce
Environmental Regulatory Burden Reduction

House Financial Services
North Korea Sanctions

House Energy and Commerce
Modernizing FDA’s Regulation of Over-the-Counter Drugs

House Energy and Commerce
Markup of CHIP Legislation

Tax Foundation
Talking Tax Reform: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.3750 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to facilitate the commercialization of energy and related technologies developed at Department of Energy facilities with promising commercial potential.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Science, Space, and Technology, Armed Services
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committee on Armed 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 committee...

S.1799 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to facilitate the commercialization of energy and related technologies developed at Department of Energy facilities with promising commercial potential.
Sponsor: Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy. Hearings held.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3747 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require financial institutions to freeze the assets of individuals arrested under suspicion of participating in domestic terrorism or providing material support to terrorists, to establish a national clearinghouse for information on incidents of homegrown "lone wolf" terrorism, domestic terrorism, and persons providing material support to terrorists, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Judiciary, Financial Services
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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 committee concerned

H.R.3746 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to clarify the authority of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with respect to persons regulated by a State insurance regulator, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Service

H.R.3741 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To codify the Minority Bank Deposit Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1798 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish a Federal standard in order to improve the Nation's resilience to current and future flood risk.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.3749 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for a standard medical expense deduction under the supplemental nutrition assistance program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (23)
Committees: House - Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and 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...

H.R.3748 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an option for individuals who are ages 50 to 64 to buy into Medicare, to provide for health insurance market stabilization, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26] (Introduced 09/12/2017) Cosponsors: (34)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/12/2017 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.

 

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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