PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • April 3, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing a number of actions to repeal or revise Obama Administration policies targeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. It also requires federal departments and agencies to “review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources.” The “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” Executive Order (E.O. 13783) was published in the Federal Register on March 31.

     

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This week The House passed the following resolutions of disapproval: 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; and H.J. Res. 58, to disapprove of the rule relating to teacher preparation issues.


This Week in Congress

  • House –The House passed the following resolutions of disapproval: 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; and H.J. Res. 58, to disapprove of the rule relating to teacher preparation issues.

 

  • Senate –The Senate confirmed nominations of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education; Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General; and Tom Price as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House –The House is expected to vote on the “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act” (H.R. 428); H.J.Res. 66, to disapprove of the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees; H.J. Res. 42, to disapprove of the rule relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants; H.J.Res. 67, to disapprove of the Department of Labor rule relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees; H.J.Res. 69, to disapprove of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”; and H.J.Res. 43, to disapprove of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting sub-recipients.

 

  • Senate –The Senate is expected to consider the nominations Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury; David Shulkin to be the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs; and Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

 

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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...

    Read More
  • April 3, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing a number of actions to repeal or revise Obama Administration policies targeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. It also requires federal departments and agencies to “review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources.” The “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” Executive Order (E.O. 13783) was published in the Federal Register on March 31.

     

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