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 complete consideration of H.Con.Res. 71 – establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027. The Senate will resume consideration of Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027:
    • The House considered H. Con. Res. 71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, October 5th.
  • Rejected:
    • Grijalva amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–339) that sought to invest $2 trillion in 21st century infrastructure and jobs; including comprehensive immigration reform, which protects DACA, and provide $200 billion for immediate hurricane disaster recovery efforts and climate change research (by a recorded vote of 108 ayes to 314 noes, Roll No. 553); and
    • Scott (VA) amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–339) that sought to make investments in education, job training, transportation and infrastructure, and advanced research and development programs that accelerate economic recovery; protect the social safety net without cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or SNAP; and reduce annual budget deficit to 2.7% of GDP by FY 2027 (by a recorded vote of 130 ayes to 292 noes, Roll No. 554).
  • H. Res. 553, the rule providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 552, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 551.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Complete Consideration of H.Con.Res. 71 – Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Budget Committee)
  • The Rule makes in order the following remaining amendments printed below and provides for ten minutes of final general debate time controlled by the Budget Committee upon the conclusion of amendment consideration.
  • Reps. McClintock / Walker Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (30 minutes of debate)
  • Rep. Yarmuth Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (30 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Quarles Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 62 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 212), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 5, 2017, with the time until 10 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 57 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. EX. 211), Eric D. Hargan, of Illinois, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 57 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 210), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, with the time until 10:00am equally divided.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has 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 #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.
  • As a result of cloture having been filed, the Senate has agreed to the following vote schedule:
    • Thursday, October 5th at 10:00am – 3 Roll Call Votes
      • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
      • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis Cissna, to be Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services
      • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis Cissna, to be Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    • Thursday, October 5th at 1:45pm – 1 Roll Call Vote
      • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See
    • Monday, October 16th at 5:30pm – 1 Roll Call Vote
      • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
Equifax Breach

Senate Agriculture
Nominations

Senate HELP
Opioid Crisis Federal Response

Senate Finance
Nomination Hearing

Senate Judiciary
Nomination Vote

Senate Budget
Markup of FY 2018 Budget Resolution

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.3958 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a pilot program on securing energy infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] (Introduced 10/04/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House - 10/04/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

 

Financial Services

H.R.3948 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit the Securities and Exchange Commission from compelling a person to produce or furnish algorithmic trading source code or similar intellectual property to the Commission unless the Commission first issues a subpoena, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 10/04/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 10/04/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3937 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Federal prudential banking agencies to determine whether certain institutions they regulate engage in a pattern or practice of violations of Federal banking and consumer protection laws and regulations, to provide for the revocation of banking charters and Federal deposit insurance for such institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 10/04/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 10/04/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

S.1914 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act in order to strengthen rules in case of competition for diabetic testing strips, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 10/04/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 10/04/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.3956 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify the treatment of seasonal positions for purposes of the employer shared responsibility requirement.
Sponsor: Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] (Introduced 10/04/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 10/04/2017 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.”

     

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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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