PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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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The House will consider five bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Steven Andrew Engel, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

House

 

Friday

  • Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 3922, to extend funding for certain public health programs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 174 nays, Roll No. 606.
  • Rejected the Clyburn motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 187 yeas to 231 nays, Roll No. 605.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–382, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–382, shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 601, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3922) was agreed to yesterday, November 2nd.

 

Today

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1066 – VA Management Alignment Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3122 – Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Matt Cartwright / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3562 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes. (Sponsored by Rep. Jodey Arrington / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3656 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consistent eligibility date for provision of Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are unavailable. (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Banks / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 3657 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide headstones and markers for the graves of spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries. (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Veterans Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #107, Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Engel nomination.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell also filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #384, Peter B. Robb, of Vermont, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board
    • 2.      Executive Calendar #407, William L. Wehrum, of Delaware, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
    • 3.      Executive Calendar #159, Derek Kan, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation
  • Each nomination is subject to a cloture vote and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Upon disposition of the first nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination in the series and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of debate.
  • Further, at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 7th, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #247, John H. Gibson, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense.
  • Monday, November 6th at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • 1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #107, Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  • Tuesday, November 7th at 12:00 Noon – 1 roll call vote
    • 1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #247, John H. Gibson, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways and Means
H.R. 1- Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.4251 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To promote the use of resilient energy systems to rebuild infrastructure following disasters.
Sponsor: Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure, Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the...

H.R.4246 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to create a buffer in between oil and gas drilling operations and homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings that require special protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.4239 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To distribute revenues from oil and gas leasing on the outer Continental Shelf to certain coastal States, to require sale of approved offshore oil and gas leases, to promote offshore wind lease sales, and to empower States to manage the development and production of oil and gas on available Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.4249 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide housing and Medicaid assistance to families affected by a major disaster, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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...

H.R.4248 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to repeal certain disclosure requirements related to conflict minerals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4247 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal title VIII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.4236 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To ensure that the prescription drug monitoring program of each State receiving funds through the Account for the State Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis meets certain minimum requirements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Transportation

H.R.4241 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a pilot program to improve transportation planning, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House - 11/03/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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.

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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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