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 is expected to consider several bills under suspension of the rules and is also expected to consider a measure (conference report to accompany HR 2810) that would authorize FY 2018 funding, programs and policy for the Defense Department and related agencies and a bill (HR 2874) that would reauthorize National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Senate will resume consideration of Stephen Gill Bradbury, to be General Counsel to the Department of Transportation.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Market Data Protection Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3973, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require certain entities to develop internal risk control mechanisms to safeguard and govern the storage of market data;
    • Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3071, amended, to require executive agencies to consider equipment rental in any cost-effectiveness analysis for equipment acquisition, by a yea-and-nay vote of 396 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 624; and
    • Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3739, amended, to amend the Act of August 25, 1958, commonly known as the ``Former Presidents Act of 1958'', with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former President.
    • Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen:
      • The House agreed to H. Res. 599, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, by a yea-and-nay vote of 366 yeas to 30 nays with one answering ``present'', Roll No. 623.
    • Suspension--Proceedings Postponed:
      • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Connected Government Act:
      • H.R. 2331, amended, to require a new or updated Federal website that is intended for use by the public to be mobile friendly.

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at noon for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. The chamber is also expected to consider a measure (conference report to accompany HR 2810) that would authorize FY 2018 funding, programs and policy for the Defense Department and related agencies and a bill (HR 2874) that would reauthorize National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years and modify the program to improve its financial stability, enhance the development of better maps and increase the role of private markets in providing flood insurance.
  • Bills:
    • HR 3109 — A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building".
    • HR 3893 — A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the "Robert H. Jenkins Post Office".
    • HR 1207 — A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the "Tilden Veterans Post Office".
    • HR 2810 — Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization
    • HR 2874 — 21st Century Flood Reform Act

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
  • FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act:
    • Senate passed H.R. 1679, to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's current efforts to modernize its grant management system includes applicant accessibility and transparency.
  • Bradbury Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Steven Gill Bradbury, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Transportation.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 271), 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 Tuesday, November 14, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 90 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. EX. 270), Derek Kan, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #254, Stephen Gill Bradbury, of Virginia, to be General Counsel to the Department of Transportation, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also 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.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Real Clear Politics
Examining the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

House Energy and Commerce
Hurricane Response/Recovery

House Financial Services
Markup

Senate HELP
Gene Editing Technology: Innovation and Impact

House Appropriations
VA Electronic Health Record Oversight

House Science, Space, and Technology
Bolstering Government Cybersecurity

House Natural Resources
Territories Disaster Recovery Financial Accountability

Senate Commerce
Technology in Agriculture

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.4381 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require certain holders of a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued under the Natural Gas Act to suspend activities authorized by the certificate until violations relating to air quality are remediated, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] (Introduced 11/13/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.4373 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To modernize and strengthen the United States anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime.
Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 11/13/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/13/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

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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