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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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  • 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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This week The House passed the resolutions of disapproval related to the following rules:  the “SEC Resource Extraction Rule” (H.J.Res.41); the “Stream Protection Rule” (H.J.Res.38); the “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule” (H.J. Res. 36); the “NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007” (H. J. Res. 40); and the rule relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (H.J. Res. 37)


This Week in Congress

  • House –The House passed the resolutions of disapproval related to the following rules:  the “SEC Resource Extraction Rule” (H.J.Res.41); the “Stream Protection Rule” (H.J.Res.38); the “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule” (H.J. Res. 36); the “NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007” (H. J. Res. 40); and the rule relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (H.J. Res. 37)

 

  • Senate – The Senate confirmed nominations of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation. The Senate also passed H.J.Res.38, to disapprove of the Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule; and H.J.Res.41, to disapprove of the SEC rule related to Resource Extraction.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House – The House will vote on H.J. Res. 42, to disapprove of the rule relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants; H.J. Res. 44, to disapprove of the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976; H.J. Res. 57, to disapprove of the rule relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; H.J. Res. 58, to disapprove of the rule relating to teacher preparation issues; and the “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act” (H.R. 428).

 

  • Senate –The Senate is expected to consider the nominations of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. The Senate will consider the following nominations upon disposition of the previous nomination in the order filed, and each nomination is subject to 30 hours of post-cloture debate: Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be U.S. Attorney General; Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services; and Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury.

 

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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.

     

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