PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • April 12, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    Congress enacted the “Congressional Review Act” (CRA) as part of the “Contract with America Advancement Act” (P.L. 104-121) in 1996 and it is codified at 5 U.S.C. 801-808. The CRA established an expedited process for Congress to repeal recently promulgated regulations through passage of joint resolutions signed into law by the President. As of April 7, the President has signed eleven CRA resolutions into law. The House and Senate have passed two more, which the President is expected to sign. Activity on CRA resolutions will begin to wind down as the statutory cut-off for action on resolutions to repeal final rules issued during the 114th Congress is expected to occur no later than early May.

     

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House


Yesterday:
  • The House approved the "Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011" (H.R. 2838).


Today:

  • The House will consider the Senate amendment to the "3% Withholding Repeal Act" (H.R. 674) and the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011" (H.R. 822).

 

Senate


Yesterday:
  • The Senate continued consideration of the "Energy and Water Appropriations Act" (H.R. 2354), which is the expected legislative vehicle for a mini-bus appropriations bill that includes: Energy and Water; Financial Services; and State and Foreign Operations.


Today:

  • The Senate will continue consideration of the "Energy and Water Appropriations Act" (H.R. 2354).

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

House Energy and Commerce Committee
"Markup of FCC Legislation"
9:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
"Management and Structural Reforms and the SEC: A Progress Report"
9:30 a.m.
538 Dirksen

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
"GSE Executive Compensation"
10:00 a.m.
2154 Rayburn

House Financial Services Committee
"Insurance Oversight and Legislative Proposals"
10:00 a.m.
2128 Rayburn

House Foreign Affairs Committee
"Righting the Enduring Wrongs of the Holocaust: Insurance Accountability and Rail Justice"
10:00 a.m.
2172 Rayburn

House Judiciary Committee
"Stop Online Piracy Act"
10:00 a.m.
2141 Rayburn

House Natural Resources Committee
"Oil and Natural Gas Development on Federal Lands and Waters"
10:00 a.m.
1324 Longworth

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
"Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale Beds"
10:00 a.m.
2167 Rayburn

Joint Economic Committee
"Impact of Infrastructure Investments on the Manufacturing Sector"
2:00 p.m.
216 Hart

Congressional Bicameral High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
Briefing
1:00 p.m.
210 Cannon

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
"Medical Devices: Protecting Patients and Promoting Innovation"
2:30 p.m.
430 Dirksen

House Armed Services Committee
"Marine Corps Acquisition and Modernization"
2:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

Defense

S.1867 : An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 230.

Energy

H.R.3424 : To establish a program under which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall provide grants to eligible State consortia to establish and carry out municipal sustainability certification programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

H.R.3426 : To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to require the closure of oil storage and processing facilities that have spilled oil multiple times near residential neighborhoods, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Connolly, Gerald E. "Gerry" [VA-11] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.3429 : To authorize the use of certain offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for artificial reefs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Palazzo, Steven M. [MS-4] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.3431 : To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from granting a waiver under section 211(f)(4) of the Clean Air Act for any fuel or fuel additive that will reduce fuel efficiency or cause or contribute to engine damage.
Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1863 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage alternative energy investments and job creation.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Financial Services

H.R.3428 : To amend the Federal Reserve Act to replace the Federal Open Market Committee members representing the Federal Reserve banks with additional members appointed by the President, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1864 : A bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30, 2012.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1871 : A bill to prohibit commodities and securities trading based on nonpublic information relating to Congress, to require additional reporting by Members and employees of Congress of securities transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Health

S.1862 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health of children and reduce the occurrence of sudden unexpected infant death and to enhance public health activities related to stillbirth.
Sponsor: Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1865 : A bill to improve patient access to medical innovation.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Tax

H.R.3423 : ABLE Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (28)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: 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 concerned.

H.R.3427 : To provide for the availability of self-employment assistance to individuals receiving extended compensation or emergency unemployment compensation.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services; House Small Business; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Small Business, and Appropriations, 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.1863 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage alternative energy investments and job creation.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1866 : A bill to provide incentives for economic growth, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1872 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the tax treatment of ABLE accounts established under State programs for the care of family members with disabilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1873 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for 1 year the allowance for bonus depreciation and the increased expensing limitations for depreciable business assets.
Sponsor: Sen Lugar, Richard G. [IN] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Telecom

H.R.3430 : To direct the Federal Communications Commission to extend the final deadline for private land mobile radio licensees to migrate to narrowband technology by 2 years.
Sponsor: Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/15/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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...

    Read More
  • 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.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • April 12, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    Congress enacted the “Congressional Review Act” (CRA) as part of the “Contract with America Advancement Act” (P.L. 104-121) in 1996 and it is codified at 5 U.S.C. 801-808. The CRA established an expedited process for Congress to repeal recently promulgated regulations through passage of joint resolutions signed into law by the President. As of April 7, the President has signed eleven CRA resolutions into law. The House and Senate have passed two more, which the President is expected to sign. Activity on CRA resolutions will begin to wind down as the statutory cut-off for action on resolutions to repeal final rules issued during the 114th Congress is expected to occur no later than early May.

     

    Read...

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