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 11 bills under suspension of the rules and H.R. 3441 – Save Local Business Act. The Senate will resume consideration of John H. Gibson, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Amending 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:
      • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 607;
    • Veterans Affairs Management Alignment Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1066, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report regarding the organizational structure of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 608;
    • Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3122, amended, to protect individuals who are eligible for increased pension under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the basis of need of regular aid and attendance from dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a warning regarding dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices targeting individuals who are eligible for increased pension on the basis of need for regular aid and attendance, and for other purposes.''.
    • Amending 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:
      • H.R. 3656, amended, 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; and
    • Amending 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:
      • H.R. 3657, amended, 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;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain burial benefits for spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries, and for other purposes.''.

 

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: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3911 – Risk-Based Credit Examination Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Financial Services Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2148 – Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger / Financial Services Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 918 – Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1133 – Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Carter / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1900 – National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 2123 – VETS Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Thompson / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 2601 – VICTOR Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Neal Dunn / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 3634 – SERVE Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Himes / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 3705 – Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 3949 – VALOR Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 4173 – Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Banks / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • H.R. 3441 – Save Local Business Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Education and the Workforce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • TSP Modernization Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 3031, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for flexibility in making withdrawals from a Thrift Savings Plan account.
    • Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act:
      • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1370, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Johnson/McCaskill) Amendment No. 1579, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Engel Nomination:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.
  • Nominations--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the order of Thursday, November 2, 2017, which notwithstanding Rule XXII, be modified to have all Executive Session cloture motions ripen following the disposition of the nomination of John H. Gibson II, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense; and that if cloture is invoked on the nomination of Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, the time post-cloture be counted as if invoked at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of John H. Gibson II, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense, under the order of October 26, 2017.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:00am.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #247, John H. Gibson, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense. At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gibson nomination followed by the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, November 7th at 12:00 Noon – 2 roll call votes
    • 1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #247, John H. Gibson, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense; and
    • 2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #107, Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways and Means
Tax Reform Markup

The Hill
America's Opioid Epidemic: Strategies for Prevention

House Natural Resources
Puerto Rico Challenges

House Financial Services
Sustainable Housing Finance, Part III

Senate Banking
North Korea Sanctions Markup

Senate Armed Services
Pending Nominations

Senate Commerce
Internet of Things in Rural America

House Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate Effectiveness

Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR)

House Financial Services
Examining Federal Reserve Reform Proposals

House Judiciary
IP & the Internet

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4258 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To promote the development of local strategies to coordinate use of assistance under sections 8 and 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 with public and private resources, to enable eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2080 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to increase the role of the financial industry in combating human trafficking.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/06/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4260 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a new tax credit and grant program to stimulate investment and healthy nutrition options in food deserts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 11/06/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.4259 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for naloxone rescue kits in public libraries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4256 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2076 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 11/06/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.4255 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude corporations operating prisons from the definition of taxable REIT subsidiary.
Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 11/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2075 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude corporations operating prisons from the definition of taxable REIT subsidiary.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 11/06/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 11/06/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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...

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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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