PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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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The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Walter David Counts III, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • VETS Act:
      • Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 925, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the ability of health care professionals to treat veterans through the use of telemedicine, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Ernst) Amendment No. 1868, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Senator Franken Letter of Resignation--Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the resignation letter of former Senator Al Franken to Governor Dayton be read and spread upon the Journal and printed in the Record.
  • Campbell Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Wednesday, January 3, 2018, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018.
  • Parker Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
  • Brown Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
  • Counts Nomination--Cloture:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
  • Nominations--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the pending cloture motions ripen at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 81 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. EX. 1), John C. Rood, of Arizona, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #435, Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • There will be no further roll call votes this week. The next roll call vote will be at 5:30pm on Monday, January 8th.
  • As a reminder, this evening Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #370, William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee;
    • 2.      Executive Calendar #371, Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennesse to be US District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee;
    • 3.      Executive Calendar #389, Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; and
    • 4.      Executive Calendar #435, Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
  • 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

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Tax

H.R.4736 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow section 529 education accounts to be used for homeschooling expenses.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 01/03/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 01/03/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • 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.

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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...

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