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 H.R. 3043 – Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of Peter B. Robb, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Gold Star Family Support and Installation Access Act of 2017:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 3897, to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the issuance of the Gold Star Installation Access Card to the surviving spouse, dependent children, and other next of kin of a member of the Armed Forces who dies while serving on certain active or reserve duty, and to ensure that a remarried surviving spouse with dependent children of the deceased member remains eligible for installation benefits to which the surviving spouse was previously eligible.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3911, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with respect to risk-based examinations of Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas to 32 nays, Roll No. 615;
    • Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans:
      • H.R. 2148, amended, to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to clarify capital requirements for certain acquisition, development, or construction loans;
    • Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act:
      • H.R. 918, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish mental health care to certain former members of the Armed Forces who are not otherwise eligible to receive such care;
    • Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 1133, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for an operation on a live donor for purposes of conducting a transplant procedure for a veteran;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for an operation on a live donor for purposes of conducting a transplant procedure for a veteran, and for other purposes.''.
    • National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act:
      • H.R. 1900, amended, to designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum;
    • Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2123, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the ability of health care professionals to treat veterans through the use of telemedicine;
    • Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2601, amended, to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to improve the access of veterans to organ transplants;
    • Securing Electronic Records for Veterans' Ease Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3634, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that individuals may access documentation verifying the monthly housing stipend paid to the individual under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and
    • Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act:
      • H.R. 3949, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the designation of State approving agencies for multi-State apprenticeship programs for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Save Local Business Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 3441, to clarify the treatment of two or more employers as joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 614.
  • Rejected the Bonamici motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a yea-and-nay vote of 186 yeas to 235 nays, Roll No. 613.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 607, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3043) and (H.R. 3441) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 611, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 610.
  • Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed:
    • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017:
    • H.R. 3705, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to require the use of certified mail and plain language in certain debt collection activities; and
  • Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017:
    • H.R. 4173, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the Veterans Crisis Line.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, 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: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 4173 – Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Banks / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3705 – Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree / Veterans Affairs Committee)
  • H.R. 3043 – Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Pocan / Grothman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Brian Babin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Evan Jenkins Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bobby Rush Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Reported:
    • S. 171, to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–181)
    • Report to accompany S. 2010, to extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for 8 years. (S. Rept. No. 115–182)
  • Measures Passed:
    • Federal Agency Customer Experience Act: Senate passed S. 1088, to require the collection of voluntary feedback on services provided by agencies, after agreeing to the committee amendments, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Daines (for McCaskill) Amendment No. 1580, of a perfecting nature.
  • National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act:
    • Senate passed S. 1015, to require the Federal Communications Commission to study the feasibility of designating a simple, easy-to-remember dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Robb Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Peter B. Robb, of Vermont, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 265), 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, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, November 8, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 91 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. EX. 262), John H. Gibson II, of Texas, to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense.
    • By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. EX. 264), Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 263), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • David J. Redl, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #384, Peter B. Robb, of Vermont, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, post-cloture.
  • Roll call votes in relation to the Robb and Wehrum nominations are expected during Wednesday’s session.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #407, William L. Wehrum, of Delaware, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
    • 2.      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.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways and Means
Tax Reform Markup

Federal Trade Commission
Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets

House Energy and Commerce
Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization

House Financial Services
Administration Priorities for the International Financial Institutions

Senate Homeland Security
Nielsen Nomination

Senate Commerce
Data Breaches

House Education and the Workforce
How Opioids are Impacting Communities

House Financial Services
Financial Intelligence

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4293 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reform the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review process, the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4292 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To reform the living will process under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4289 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal certain disclosure requirements related to coal and mine safety.
Sponsor: Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4281 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to expand access to capital for rural-area small businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kihuen, Ruben J. [D-NV-4] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4279 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise any rules necessary to enable closed-end companies to use the securities offering and proxy rules that are available to other issuers of securities.
Sponsor: Rep. Hollingsworth, Trey [R-IN-9] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4278 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To ensure that the operations of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System remain independent from the credit policy of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4270 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to ensure transparency in the conduct of monetary policy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4267 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to change certain requirements relating to the capital structure of business development companies, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise certain rules relating to business development companies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4263 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 with respect to small company capital formation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2092 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 to require insurance agents who sell flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program to take certain continuing educational courses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2091 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to provide relief from surcharges to small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.2090 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to make reforms to flood mapping programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/07/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4284 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a Federal Coordinator within the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4275 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the development and dissemination of programs and materials for training pharmacists, health care providers, and patients on indicators that a prescription is fraudulent, forged, or otherwise indicative of abuse or diversion, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 11/07/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/07/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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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