PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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  • May 16, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On May 8, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum titled “Guidance for Section 2 of Executive Order 13783, titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’”. E.O. 13783 directs federal agencies to review, and potentially suspend, revise or repeal, existing regulations that “burden domestic energy production.”

     

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  • April 19, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On April 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” The notice is part of the EPA’s efforts to implement the Executive Order titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” (E.O. 13777), which was signed by President Trump on February 24, 2017. The deadline for submitting public comments is May 15, 2017. EPA offices will also be conducting public forums on regulatory reform over the next four weeks. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order (E.O. 13771) which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate.

     

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The House will consider six bills under suspension of the rules and begin consideration of H.R. 36 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The Senate will resume consideration of Lee Francis Cissna, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2316, to amend the Mineral Leasing Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to repeal provisions relating only to the Allegheny National Forest;
    • Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act:
      • H.R. 1547, to provide for the unencumbering of title to non-Federal land owned by the city of Tucson, Arizona, for purposes of economic development by conveyance of the Federal reversionary interest to the City, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 544;
    • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation Act:
      • H.R. 965, amended, to redesignate the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as the ``Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 545;
    • Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act:
      • H.R. 2582, amended, to authorize the State of Utah to select certain lands that are available for disposal under the Pony Express Resource Management Plan to be used for the support and benefit of State institutions;
    • Community Reclamation Partnerships Act:
      • H.R. 2937, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to authorize partnerships between States and nongovernmental entities for the purpose of reclaiming and restoring land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining activities before August 3, 1977; and
    • Guides and Outfitters Act:
      • H.R. 289, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for recreation services on lands managed by Federal agencies.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 652 – Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2408 – Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1918 – Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1624 – Municipal Finance Support Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Luke Messer / Financial Services Committee)
    • 5) S. 782 – PROTECT Our Children Act, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn / Judiciary Committee)
    • 6) S. 178 – Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (Sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley / Judiciary Committee)
    • H.R. 36 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks / Judiciary Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Marine Fish Conservation Statutes: Senate passed S. 396, to make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes.
    • Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1616, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • McConnell (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 1109, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Cissna Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna, of Maryland, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
    • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
    • Hargan Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Eric D. Hargan, of Illinois, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna, of Maryland, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.
    • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • Quarles Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2004.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Eric D. Hargan, of Illinois, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.
    • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • Gingrich Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Callista L. Gingrich, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Holy See, Department of State.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2004.
    • Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
      • Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
    • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • By 52 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 209), Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2016.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis Cissna, of Maryland, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis Cissna, of Maryland, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
    • Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, of Illinois, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
    • Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    • Executive Calendar #226, Callista L. Gingrich, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Holy See.
  • Unless an agreement is reached, Tuesday will be the intervening day on cloture and the first of the cloture motions – on the Cissna nomination – will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, October 4th and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture. The remaining cloture motions will ripen upon disposition of the previous nomination, in the order listed.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Atlantic
At What Cost?

Senate Banking
Wells Fargo: One Year Later

House Energy and Commerce
Oversight of the Equifax Data Breach: Answers for Consumers

House Financial Services
Sustainable Housing Finance

Senate Finance
International Tax Reform

House Homeland Security
DHS Cybersecurity Mission

House Energy and Commerce
Examining Patient Access to Investigational Drugs

National Council for Behavioral Health
“America's Opioid and Mental Health Crises: Thoughtful Approaches and Solutions”

House Oversight and Government Reform
Internet of Things Cybersecurity

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.3904 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules that require covered entities to secure sensitive personally identifiable information against a security breach.
Sponsor: Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 10/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3896 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require certain entities who collect and maintain personal information of individuals to secure such information and to provide notice to such individuals in the case of a breach of security involving such information, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 10/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3911 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with respect to risk-based examinations of Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations.
Sponsor: Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 10/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3903 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to expand the ability to use testing the waters and confidential draft registration submissions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 10/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3898 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to place conditions on certain accounts at United States financial institutions with respect to North Korea, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 10/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

S.1905 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to increase the number of States that may conduct Medicaid demonstration programs to improve access to community mental health services.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 10/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Sanctions

S.1901 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require global economic and political pressure to support diplomatic denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, including through the imposition of sanctions with respect to the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and any enablers of the activities of that Government, and to reauthorize the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate - 10/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

Tax

H.R.3912 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for Move America bonds and Move America credits.
Sponsor: Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 10/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.3910 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make lifetime income and managed account options of defined contribution retirement savings plans portable.
Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1] (Introduced 10/02/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 10/02/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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  • May 16, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On May 8, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum titled “Guidance for Section 2 of Executive Order 13783, titled ‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth’”. E.O. 13783 directs federal agencies to review, and potentially suspend, revise or repeal, existing regulations that “burden domestic energy production.”

     

    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.

     

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