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 House will consider S. 140 – To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, post-cloture. Upon disposition of the Parker nomination there will be an immediate cloture vote on Michael Lawrence Brown, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Domestic Explosives Detection Canine Capacity Building Act:
      • H.R. 4577, amended, to establish a working group to determine ways to develop a domestic canine breeding network to produce high quality explosives detection canines;
    • Security Assessment Feasibility for Equipment Testing and Evaluation of Capabilities for our Homeland Act:
      • H.R. 4561, amended, to provide for third party testing of transportation security screening technology;
    • Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act:
      • H.R. 1486, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide funding to secure non-profit facilities from terrorist attacks;
    • Global Aviation System Security Reform Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 4559, amended, to conduct a global aviation security review;
    • Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act:
      • H.R. 3202, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a report on cyber vulnerability disclosures;
    • Department of Homeland Security Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act:
      • H.R. 4555, amended, to authorize the participation in overseas interagency counterterrorism task forces of personnel of the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Post-Caliphate Threat Assessment Act of 2017:
      • H.R. 4564, to require a threat assessment on current foreign terrorist fighter activities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 3;
    • Counterterrorism Information Sharing Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 4569, to require counterterrorism information sharing coordination;
    • Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange Act:
      • H.R. 4581, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop best practices for utilizing advanced passenger information and passenger name record data for counterterrorism screening and vetting operations, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 4;
    • Securing Department of Homeland Security Firearms Act:
      • H.R. 4433, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to achieve security of sensitive assets among the components of the Department of Homeland Security;
    • Supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests:
      • H. Res. 676, supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 2;
    • Taiwan Travel Act:
      • H.R. 535, to encourage visits between the United States and Taiwan at all levels; and
    • Directing the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization:
      • H.R. 3320, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization.
  • Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Department of Homeland Security Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act:
      • H.R. 4567, amended, to require a Department of Homeland Security overseas personnel enhancement plan; and
    • Counter Terrorist Network Act:
      • H.R. 4578, to authorize certain counter terrorist networks activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 

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: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • S. 140 – To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake / Natural Resources Committee / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • H.R. 4567 – DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Parker Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 96 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 4), 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 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 10, 2018; that all time during adjournment, recess, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination; and that all post-cloture time on the nomination be considered expired at 2:30 p.m., and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. EX. 3), William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #371, Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennessee to be US District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, post-cloture.
  • At 2:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Parker nomination and upon its disposition there will be an immediate cloture vote on Executive Calendar #389, Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #389, Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; and
    • 2.      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.
  • Wednesday at 2:30pm – 2 roll call votes
    • 1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #371, Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennessee to be US District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
    • 2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #389, Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Foreign Affairs
Sanctions/Illicit Finance

House Financial Services
Federal Reserve Reform

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.4746 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to specify when bank holding companies may be subject to certain enhanced supervision.
Sponsor: Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] (Introduced 01/09/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/09/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Sanctions

H.R.4744 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To impose additional sanctions with respect to serious human rights abuses of the Government of Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] (Introduced 01/09/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 01/09/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Financial Services, and 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...

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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