PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • March 7, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate. Among the requirements of this latest Executive Order are mandates for federal agencies to appoint “Regulatory Reform Officers” and establish “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”. As described in a White House press release, the Executive Order directs each agency’s Regulatory Reform Task Force to: “evaluate existing regulations and identify candidates for repeal or modification”; and “focus on eliminating costly and unnecessary regulations.”

     

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  • February 9, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”. The Executive Order is intended to ensure that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination”. On February 3, the White House issued a memorandum titled “Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017…” The memorandum provides agencies with information on how to implement the “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017” established by the Executive Order.   

    Among the issues addressed, the February 3, memorandum clarifies that the Executive Order applies only to significant rulemakings, and does not require compliance by independent federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

     

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  • January 25, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak 

    On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order and four memoranda addressing pipeline, infrastructure, and manufacturing issues. The memoranda include one directing prompt consideration of the remaining federal approvals needed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another memorandum invites TransCanada to resubmit its application for a Presidential border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The memorandum further directs the Department of State to “reach a final permitting decision” within 60 days of receiving a new Keystone XL permit application.

    A memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce requires the development of a “plan” to require “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines [to]…use materials and equipment [including steel] produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law…”

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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

By Bloomberg Government

“Despite a gridlocked Congress, signs that lobbying-related business is increasingly moving off the books, and the recent merger of an industry stalwart due to declining business performance, the on-the-books business of the largest lobbying firms looks healthy. This Bloomberg Government Analysis provides an in-depth assessment of the third-quarter 2014 performance of the 20 largest lobbying firms (by revenue in the third quarter of 2014), measured across 16 business metrics…Both Capitol Tax Partners LLP and Williams & Jensen PLLC experienced no terminations during the third quarter of 2014, while picking up one and seven new registrations, respectively.”



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By RareVoice

On November 13, 2014, Williams & Jensen Principal Cheryl Jaeger received the Congressional Staff Abbey Award at the third annual RareVoice Awards Gala, hosted by Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA). Cheryl was nominated for her work to enact the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act” while serving on the leadership staff for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. 



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By Stephen Blumenthal

In this op-ed that appeared in the November 5, American Banker, Williams & Jensen’s Stephen Blumenthal proposes merging the housing government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into a single entity. 



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By The Hill

J. Steven Hart,Williams & Jensen PLLC
Hart, the chairman and chief executive of the law and lobby shop, has charted a smooth course at a time of industry turmoil.



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By The Hill

A former aide to ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has joined Williams & Jensen. Cheryl Jaeger, who has spent 15 years under the Capitol Dome, will be a part of the law and lobby firm’s healthcare practice…“We know that Cheryl will continue our long tradition of offering unparalleled strategic counsel, policy analysis, and advocacy to address our clients’ health care issues,” said Steve Hart, chairman and CEO of Williams & Jensen, in a statement.



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For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - The lobbying law firm of Williams & Jensen has announced the addition of top health care policy expert, Cheryl Jaeger.

Jaeger brings extensive experience as a senior policy advisor for the House Republican leadership, most recently with the former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).  She worked in both the majority and minority in the Office of the House Majority Whip as an advisor for now Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) as well as a professional staff member with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Jaeger began her career on Capitol Hill over fifteen years ago with former Congressman Christopher Cox (R-CA).

Throughout her years of service in the House of Representatives, Jaeger has been involved in most major health care issues and is recognized by Members, staff, and the health care industry as a thoughtful and powerful voice in health care policy.   She has played a strategic role throughout the debate and now implementation of the Affordable Care Act.   Well known for her passion for driving policies that expand medical research and innovation, Jaeger was also the lead staff negotiator of the NIH Reform Act of 2006 and the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. 

She joins a dynamic health care practice at Williams & Jensen.  “We know that Cheryl will continue our long tradition of offering unparalleled strategic counsel, policy analysis, and advocacy to address our clients’ health care issues” said Steve Hart, Chairman and CEO of Williams & Jensen.

Jaeger is the third recent hire by Williams & Jensen joining the well-established team of bipartisan professionals that represent clients on a broad array of public policy issues.

 

 

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • March 7, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”. The Executive Order establishes mechanisms intended to reduce regulations, including by implementing the President’s January 30, 2017 Executive Order which calls for agencies to eliminate two regulations for each new regulation they promulgate. Among the requirements of this latest Executive Order are mandates for federal agencies to appoint “Regulatory Reform Officers” and establish “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”. As described in a White House press release, the Executive Order directs each agency’s Regulatory Reform Task Force to: “evaluate existing regulations and identify candidates for repeal or modification”; and “focus on eliminating costly and unnecessary regulations.”

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • February 9, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”. The Executive Order is intended to ensure that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination”. On February 3, the White House issued a memorandum titled “Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017…” The memorandum provides agencies with information on how to implement the “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017” established by the Executive Order.   

    Among the issues addressed, the February 3, memorandum clarifies that the Executive Order applies only to significant rulemakings, and does not require compliance by independent federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

     

    Read...

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  • January 25, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak 

    On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order and four memoranda addressing pipeline, infrastructure, and manufacturing issues. The memoranda include one directing prompt consideration of the remaining federal approvals needed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another memorandum invites TransCanada to resubmit its application for a Presidential border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The memorandum further directs the Department of State to “reach a final permitting decision” within 60 days of receiving a new Keystone XL permit application.

    A memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce requires the development of a “plan” to require “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines [to]…use materials and equipment [including steel] produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law…”

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