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. 139 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Lawrence Brown, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, post-cloture. Upon disposition ion of the Brown nomination there will be an immediate cloture vote on the nomination of Walter David Counts III, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Motion to Adjourn
    • – REJECTED 51 – 331, ROLL CALL 5
      • Republican YEA – 0; NAY – 215
      • Democrat YEA – 51; NAY – 116
  • Motion to Adjourn
    • – REJECTED 54 – 311, ROLL CALL 6
      • Republican YEA – 0; NAY – 216
      • Democrat YEA – 54; NAY – 95
  • Motion to Adjourn
    • – REJECTED 62 – 324, ROLL CALL 7
      • Republican YEA – 1; NAY – 213
      • Democrat YEA – 61; NAY – 111
  • Adoption of H. Res. 682
    • - The rule providing for consideration of the bill S. 139
      • - FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017
        • – PASSED 233 - 181, ROLL CALL 8
          • Republican YEA – 231; NAY – 2
          • Democrat YEA – 2; NAY – 179
  • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 681
    • - The rule providing for consideration of the bill 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
        • – PASSED 234 - 180, ROLL CALL 9
          • Republican YEA – 234; NAY – 0
          • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 181
  • Adoption of H. Res. 681
    • - The rule providing for consideration of the bill 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
        • – PASSED 227 - 181, ROLL CALL 10
          • Republican YEA – 227; NAY – 0
          • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 181
  • Passage of 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
      • – PASSED 239 - 173, ROLL CALL 11
        • Republican YEA – 216; NAY – 15
        • Democrat YEA – 23; NAY – 158
  • H.R. 4567 - DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended
    • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
      • – PASSED 415 - 0, ROLL CALL 12
        • Republican YEA – 232; NAY – 0
        • Democrat YEA – 183; NAY – 0
  • Approval of the Journal
    • – APPROVED 231 – 178 - 1, ROLL CALL 13
      • Republican YEA – 146; NAY – 85
      • Democrat YEA – 85; NAY – 93

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • S. 139 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate with 40 minutes of debate controlled by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 20 minutes of debate controlled by the Judiciary Committee, and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Reps. Amash / Lofgren Amendment (20 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) H.R. 4578 – Counter Terrorist Network Act (Sponsored by Rep. Filemon Vela / Homeland Security Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • 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; confirmed: 98-0.
    • 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; invoked: 97-1.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed Calendar #282, S.875:
      • to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study and submit a report on filing requirements under the Universal Service Fund programs with a committee reported substitute amendment.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #389, Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, post-cloture.
  • At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Brown nomination and upon its disposition there will be an immediate cloture vote on Executive Calendar #435, Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas. If cloture is invoked, there will be a vote at 1:45pm on confirmation of the Counts nomination.
  • Thursday, January 11th at 12:00 noon – 2 roll call votes:
    • 1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #389, Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
    • 2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #435, Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
  • And if cloture is invoked on the Counts nomination, 1 roll call vote at 1:45pm:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #435, Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC
Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee

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Express Scripts
Solutions for Reducing Opioid Abuse

MEDPAC
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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.2292 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 01/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.4764 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish an Office for Under-Banked and Un-Banked Consumers.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4759 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to revise the membership of Federal Open Market Committee, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4758 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to require the Federal Open Market Committee to establish interest rates on balances maintained at a Federal Reserve Bank by depository institutions.
Sponsor: Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4757 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to modify the appointment process for presidents of Federal Reserve Banks.
Sponsor: Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4756 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to establish a blackout period for public communications by the Federal Open Market Committee, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4755 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to bring the non-monetary policy related functions of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System into the appropriations process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4753 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to require the Vice Chairman for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to provide a written report, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4752 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish an Independent Financial Technology Task Force, to provide rewards for information leading to convictions related to terrorist use of digital currencies, to establish a FinTech Leadership in Innovation Fund to encourage the development of tools and programs to combat terrorist and illicit use of digital currencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 01/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2289 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to create an Office of Cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission for supervision of data security at consumer reporting agencies, to require the promulgation of regulations establishing standards for effective cybersecurity at consumer reporting agencies, to impose penalties on credit reporting agencies for cybersecurity breaches that put sensitive consumer data at risk, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 01/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.2287 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to repeal the medical device excise tax, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 01/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

S.2291 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the individual tax rates in effect for taxable years 2018 through 2025.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 01/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 01/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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.”

     

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