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 H.R. 732, Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017, H.R. 1698 Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, H.R. 469, the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017, H.Con.Res. 71, the FY2018 budget resolution.


This Week in Congress

  • House –The House passed H.R. 732, Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017, H.R. 1698 Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, H.R. 469, the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017, H.Con.Res. 71, the FY2018 budget resolution.

 

  • Senate –The Senate passed S. 1766, to reauthorize the SAFER Act of 2013, S. 266, the Energy Conservation Standards for External Power Supplies, H.R. 304, Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017, H.J.Res. 111, the resolution of disapproval with respect to the CFPB arbitration rule, H.R. 2266, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations (emergency supplemental for aid to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and western wildfires).

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House -The House is expected to take up the H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, and H.R. 849, Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017.

 

  • Senate –The Senate is expected to take up the nominations of Trevor N. McFadden to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia and Amy Barrett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

 

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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.”

     

    Read...

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