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 H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Senator McConnell is expected to lay the House Message on H.R.1 (tax reconciliation) before the Senate. At that time there will then be up to 10 hours of debate.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 3731, amended, to provide overtime pay for employees of the United States Secret Service, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 655;
    • Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act:
      • H.R. 3317, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to increase the penalty for female genital mutilation, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 656; and
    • Taylor Force Act:
      • H.R. 1164, amended, to condition assistance to the West Bank and Gaza on steps by the Palestinian Authority to end violence and terrorism against Israeli citizens.
    • Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed:
      • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Enhancing Veteran Care Act:
      • S. 1266, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with nonprofit organizations to investigate medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
    • 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:
      • H. Con. Res. 90, amended, 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;
    • Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 2658, amended, to provide humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people, to defend democratic governance and combat widespread public corruption in Venezuela; and
    • Expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela:
      • H. Res. 259, amended, expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

 

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: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Judiciary Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) S. 1266 – Enhancing Veteran Care Act (Sponsored by Sen. James M. Inhofe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 2) 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)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Balash Nomination--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Joseph Balash, of Alaska, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior; that there be one hour of debate on the nomination equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. EX. 305), Kirstjen Nielsen, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security.
  • Emily Webster Murphy, of Missouri, to be Administrator of General Services.
  • Glen R. Smith, of Iowa, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration, for a term expiring May 21, 2022.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • During Wednesday’s session, most likely in the morning, we expect Senator McConnell to lay the House Message on H.R.1 (tax reconciliation) before the Senate. At that time there will then be up to 10 hours of debate. Senators should expect votes on motions to instruct and on the motion to go to conference during Wednesday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Department of Health and Human Services
Opioid Symposium

Senate Special Aging
America’s Aging Workforce

House Financial Services
Housing Finance Reform

Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance
Open Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4557 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to provide disaster assistance to States and units of general government under a community development block grant disaster recovery program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] (Introduced 12/05/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 12/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4550 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to exclude law firms and licensed attorneys who are engaged in activities related to legal proceedings from the definition of a debt collector, to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to prevent the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection from exercising supervisory or enforcement authority with respect to attorneys when undertaking certain actions related to legal proceedings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez, Vicente [D-TX-15] (Introduced 12/05/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 12/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4546 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to specify when a nationally traded security is exempt from State regulation of security offerings.
Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 12/05/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 12/05/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.4554 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a smart card pilot program to combat fraud, waste, and abuse and to protect beneficiary identity under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Introduced 12/05/2017) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 12/05/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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 jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.4552 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish rules for payment for graduate medical education (GME) costs for hospitals that establish a new medical residency training program after hosting resident rotators for short durations.
Sponsor: Rep. Gallagher, Mike [R-WI-8] (Introduced 12/05/2017) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 12/05/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on 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 jurisdiction of the committee...

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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