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 one bill under suspension of the rules as well as consider H.R. 3905 – Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act. Senator McConnell is expected to make a motion to proceed to S.1519, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. It is also expected that sometime during Wednesday’s session Senator McConnell will move to proceed to H.R.1, the vehicle for Republican tax legislation with a roll call vote on the motion to proceed.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
      • Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation Act:
        • H.R. 2768, to designate certain mountain peaks in the State of Colorado as ``Fowler Peak'' and ``Boskoff Peak'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 638;
      • Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 2615, to authorize the exchange of certain land located in Gulf Islands National Seashore, Jackson County, Mississippi, between the National Park Service and the Veterans of Foreign Wars;
      • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 1491, amended, to reaffirm the action of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians;
      • Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 3115, amended, to provide for a land exchange involving Federal land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Weeks Law, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 309 yeas to 99 nays, Roll No. 639;
      • 21st Century Respect Act:
        • H.R. 995, amended, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to amend regulations for racial appropriateness; and
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to modernize terms in certain regulations.''.
      • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017:
        • H.R. 2228, amended, to provide support for law enforcement agency efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers.

 

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: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.Res. 630 – Requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / House Administration Committee)
    • H.R. 3905 – Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer / Natural Resources Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Raul Grijalva Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • National Defense Authorization Act:
      • Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1519, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. EX. 283), Gregory G. Katsas, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, we expect Senator McConnell to make a motion to proceed to S.1519, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. We expect that will be the pending business on the floor until further notice while Republicans figure out their next legislative steps. No amendments or votes in relation to the Senate NDAA bill are expected.
  • We also expect that sometime during Wednesday’s session Senator McConnell will move to proceed to H.R.1, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018 (vehicle for Republican tax legislation) with a roll call vote on the motion to proceed.
  • If the motion to proceed to the tax reconciliation bill is agreed to (majority vote), debate in the Senate would be limited to 20 hours equally divided. Debate on first degree amendments is limited to 2 hours and second degree amendments limited to 1 hour, both also equally divided. Upon the use or yielding back of time on an amendment the Senate would vote on the amendment. Upon the use or yielding back of all time, the Senate would dispose of any pending amendments and additional amendments may be offered and voted upon before a vote on passage.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations
Agriculture's Role in Disaster Recovery

House Financial Services
Ginnie Mae Role in Housing Finance System

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Emerging Uses in a Changing National Airspace

Senate HELP
Azar Nomination

House Natural Resources
Modernizing NEPA for the 21st Century

Senate EPW
CEQ/EPA Nomination Votes

House Energy and Commerce
Algorithms: How Companies’ Decisions About Data and Content Impact Consumers

Joint Economic Committee
Economic Outlook

House Financial Services
Counterterrorism/Human Trafficking Legislation

House Foreign Affairs
“A Global Update on Alzheimer's Disease”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4464 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal the rule issued by the National Credit Union Administration titled "Risk-Based Capital".
Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] (Introduced 11/28/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4460 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To improve the provision of disaster and mitigation assistance to eligible individuals and households and to eligible State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofit organizations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11] (Introduced 11/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/28/2017 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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...

S.2167 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill 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: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 11/28/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.2164 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 respecting the scoring of preventive health savings.
Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] (Introduced 11/28/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Budget
Latest Action: Senate - 11/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

 

Puerto Rico

S.2165 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide additional disaster recovery assistance for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 11/28/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 11/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.4474 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To enhance the security of surface transportation assets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] (Introduced 11/28/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Homeland Security
Latest Action: House - 11/28/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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...

    Read More
  • 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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