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 finish consideration of H.R. 3905 – Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act and begin consideration of H.R. 3017 – Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, and H.R. 4182 – Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of 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).

House

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions:
    • The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the following measure:
      • 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: 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.
    • Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act:
      • The House considered H.R. 3905, to require congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota, to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases in such lands. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, November 30th.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–41 shall be considered as adopted.
  • Proceedings Postponed:
    • Grijalva amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–429) that seeks to increase the royalty rate by 16.66 percent for mineral leases in the Superior National Forest.
    • H. Res. 631, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 3017) and (H.R. 3905) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 641, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 640.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, 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: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Complete Consideration of 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)
  • Postponed Amendment Vote:
    • Rep. Raul Grijalva Amendment
    • H.R. 3017 – Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • H.R. 4182 – Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. James Comer / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Alcee Hastings Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Greg Gianforte Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gerry Connolly 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.
    • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act--Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of H.R. 1, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following motion and amendment proposed thereto:
    • Rejected:
      • By 48 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 285), Wyden motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions.
    • Pending:
      • McConnell (for Hatch/Murkowski) Amendment No. 1618, of a perfecting nature.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 284), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, November 30, 2017, with one hour of debate remaining on McConnell (for Hatch/Murkowski) Amendment No. 1618 (listed above).

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of 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 1 hour remaining on the Hatch substitute amendment #1618.
  • As a reminder, upon the use or yielding back of time on an amendment or motion the Senate will vote on it. Upon the use or yielding back of all time, the Senate will dispose of any pending amendments and additional amendments may be offered and voted upon before a vote on passage.
  • Roll call votes are expected throughout the day on Thursday.
  • Amendments Pending to H.R.1, Tax Reconciliation
    • Hatch amendment #1618 (substitute)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate HELP
Opioid Crisis

House Energy and Commerce
Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act

House Appropriations
Supplemental Request – FEMA

SEC
Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

House Financial Services
Consolidated Audit Trails Cybersecurity

House Homeland
World Wide Threats: Keeping America Secure in the New Age of Terror

House Energy and Commerce
Identity Verification After Breaches

Department of Transportation
TAM Internal Coordination

House Financial Services
U.S. Sanctions Programs Effectiveness

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4483 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To abolish the Federal Insurance Office of the Department of the Treasury, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] (Introduced 11/29/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 11/29/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2171 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to set the rate of pay for employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection in accordance with the General Schedule.
Sponsor: Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] (Introduced 11/29/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 11/29/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4487 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the collection of supplemental payments to increase congressional investments in medical research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 11/29/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 11/29/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4482 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To deter opioid abuse and addiction, to establish additional registration requirements for prescribers of opioids, to encourage the development of abuse-deterrent formulations, to require a study and report on policy changes that may have contributed to the opioid epidemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] (Introduced 11/29/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 11/29/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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...

S.2172 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to authorize the collection of supplemental payments to increase congressional investments in medical research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 11/29/2017) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 11/29/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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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