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 four bills under suspension of the rules as well as consider H.Res. 599 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen. The Senate will resume consideration of Derek Kan, to be Under Secretary of Transportation.

House

 

Friday

  • The House was not in session.

 

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. 3973 – Market Data Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Warren Davidson / Financial Services Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2331 – Connected Government Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3071 – Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3739 – Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jody Hice / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.Res. 599 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00pm on Monday, November 13, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #159, Derek Kan, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation, post-cloture.
  • At 5:30pm, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kan nomination. Upon disposition of the Kan nomination, the cloture motion with respect to the nomination of Executive Calendar #254, Stephen Gill Bradbury, of Virginia, to be General Counsel to the Department of Transportation, will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bradbury nomination.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1)      Executive Calendar #383, David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health;
    • 2)      Executive Calendar #300, Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency;
    • 3)      Executive Calendar #313, Donald C. Coggins Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; and
    • 4)      Executive Calendar #314, Dabney Langhorne Freidrich, of California, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • 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.
  • Monday, November 13th at 5:30pm – 2 roll call votes
    • 1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #159, Derek Kan, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation.
    • 2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #254, Stephen Gill Bradbury, of Virginia, to be General Counsel to the Department of Transportation.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.4370 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Natural Gas Act to expedite approval of exports of small volumes of natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4364 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at the request of a Governor of a State, to waive the reformulated gasoline prohibitions and requirements under section 211(k) of the Clean Air Act with respect to the State or a portion of the State if the Administrator determines that the price of gasoline is excessively high.
Sponsor: Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.4359 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for rental assistance for homeless or at-risk Indian veterans.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4337 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to require national security reviews carried out by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to take into account the potential effects of covered transactions on personally identifiable information.
Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the...

H.R.4324 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to make certifications with respect to United States and foreign financial institutions' aircraft-related transactions involving Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4322 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To exclude from consideration as income under the housing assistance programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development amounts received by a family from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities of a member of the family, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2116 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to increase the asset threshold with respect to the on-site examination of certain insured depository institutions.
Sponsor: Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4353 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to require reporting by the National Institutes of Health on requests for funding research that were not granted and had the greatest potential for improving public health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2107 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Under Secretary of Health to report major adverse personnel actions involving certain health care employees to the National Practitioner Data Bank and to applicable State licensing boards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 

Tax

H.R.4358 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Commissioner of Internal Revenue to report on applications for tax credits under the low-income housing tax credit program that, in the preceding fiscal year, were approved but not allocated.
Sponsor: Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Transportation

H.R.4355 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to require reporting by the Department of Transportation on requests for funding projects or programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House - 11/09/2017 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.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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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