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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Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

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.

 

 

By Politico

SCOOP…WILLIAMS AND JENSEN HIRES DOUCET AND JONES:  The lobbying and law firm Williams and Jensen has tapped Democratic lobbyists Shane Doucet and Andrew Jones, the firm tells PI. The two new hires will help strengthen Williams and Jensen’s healthcare, energy and telecommunications practice groups. Doucet comes to Williams and Jensen with nearly two decades of Washington experience — most recently serving as a partner at the firm Locke Lord Strategies. He’s also done stints at the National Federation of Independent Business and on the staff of Rep. Chris John (D-La.) on Capitol Hill.



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For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - The lobbying law firm of Williams & Jensen announced the hiring of Democrats Shane Doucet and Andrew Jones to strengthen its robust practice groups in healthcare, energy and telecommunications. 

Doucet comes to Williams & Jensen with over 17 years of experience working in Washington.  He most recently served as a partner in Locke Lord Strategies where he assisted clients in healthcare, energy, law enforcement, public pension and public affairs.  Doucet also lobbied for the National Federation of Independent Business after serving on the staff of Rep. Chris John (D-LA), a former member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He also currently serves in the DC Air National Guard.

Jones joins Williams & Jensen after serving as Legislative Director and Counsel to Democratic Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), also a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).  Before that, Jones served as Counsel to current Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX).  Over the course of his tenure on the Hill, Jones worked closely with Hispanic Caucus Members and managed a diverse portfolio of issues including telecommunications, health, energy, and financial services while also managing the Congressman’s Legislative team. 

“Shane and Andy bring a great deal of experience and policy background that will serve our clients well,” said Steve Hart, Chairman and CEO of Williams & Jensen.  “We are excited to have these seasoned professionals join our team to help our clients navigate the challenges and complexities they often encounter.”

Williams & Jensen was founded in 1970 and has since grown to become one of the few leading independent law firms in Washington with a practice focused primarily on lobbying. On a daily basis, we help companies and organizations in the U.S. and around the world influence legislation and public policy process in Washington with highly effective government relations, grounded in technically proficient law.  The firm's record of winning in Washington has attracted a clientele of leading companies, trade associations, and institutions, many relying on the firm's services for more than three decades.

 

 

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...

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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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