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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This week The House passed the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018” (NDAA) (H.R. 2810); “Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017” (H.R. 1492); the “FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017” (H.R. 2403); the “Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act” (H.R. 2664) and the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017” (H.R. 23).


This Week in Congress

  • House –The House passed the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018” (NDAA) (H.R. 2810); “Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017” (H.R. 1492); the “FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017” (H.R. 2403); the “Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act” (H.R. 2664) and the “Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017” (H.R. 23).

 

  • Senate –The Senate confirmed William Francis Hagerty IV to be Ambassador to Japan; David C. Nye to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Idaho and Neomi Rao to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House -The House may consider the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017” (H.R. 806); “21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act” (H.R. 2997) (FAA Reauthorization); and “Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act” (H.R. 2910).

 

  • Senate –The Senate will vote on the cloture motion on the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense and may vote on the motion to proceed to the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” (H.R. 1628).

 

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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.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • 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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