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 7 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Kirstjen Nielsen, to be Secretary of Homeland Security, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act--Motion to go to Conference:
    • The House agreed to disagree to the Senate amendment and request a conference on H.R. 1, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 653.
  • Rejected the Neal motion to instruct conferees by a yea-and-nay vote of 186 yeas to 233 nays, Roll No. 654.
  • Subsequently, the Chair appointed the following conferees:
    • From the Committee on Ways and Means, for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Representatives Brady (TX), Nunes, Roskam, Black, Noem, Neal, Levin, and Doggett.
  • From the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for consideration of sec. 20003 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference:
    • Representatives Walden, Shimkus, and Castor of (FL).
  • From the Committee on Natural Resources, for consideration of secs. 20001 and 20002 of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference:
    • Representatives Bishop (UT), Young (AK), and Grijalva.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3731 – Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3317 – SAFE Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) S. 1266 – Enhancing Veteran Care Act (Sponsored by Sen. James M. Inhofe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2658 – Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 5) H.Con.Res. 90 – Condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1164 – Taylor Force Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 7) H.Res. 259 – Expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • House Messages:
    • Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act:
      • Senate concurred in the House Amendment to S. 371, to make technical changes and other improvements to the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017.
  • Nielsen Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 59 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 304), 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, December 5, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #495, Kirstjen Nielsen, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess subject to the call of the chair at 12:30pm.
  • At 2:15pm, the official Senate photograph of the 115th Congress will be taken in the Senate chamber. Senators are asked to be on the floor at that time.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Appropriations
Opioid Crisis

Senate Banking
Powell Nomination Vote/Regulatory Reform Legislation Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4545 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Act of 1978 to improve the examination of depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] (Introduced 12/04/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 12/04/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4544 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide protections for consumers after a data breach at a consumer reporting agency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] (Introduced 12/04/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 12/04/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4537 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To preserve the State-based system of insurance regulation and provide greater oversight of and transparency on international insurance standards setting processes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 12/04/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Rules
Latest Action: House - 12/04/2017 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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 concerned.

S.2188 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide protections for consumers after a data breach at a consumer reporting agency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/04/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 12/04/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.4541 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To extend funding for certain public health programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] (Introduced 12/04/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 12/04/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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...

 

Tax

H.R.4531 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat rents received by a real estate investment trust from a parking facility leased to a taxable REIT subsidiary in the same manner as rents from lodging and health care facilities leased to such a subsidiary.
Sponsor: Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] (Introduced 12/04/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 12/04/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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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