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 motion to go to conference on the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1); the “Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017” (H.R. 3731); the “Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act of 2017” (H.R. 3317); the “Enhancing Veteran Care Act” (S. 1266); the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (H.R. 38); the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017” (H.R. 477); and the “Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 22nd.” 


This Week in Congress

  • House –The House passed the motion to go to conference on the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1); the “Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017” (H.R. 3731); the “Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act of 2017” (H.R. 3317); the “Enhancing Veteran Care Act” (S. 1266); the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (H.R. 38); the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017” (H.R. 477); and the “Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 22nd.” 

 

  • Senate –The Senate passed the “Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act” (S.371), and the “Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 22nd.” The Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security and Susan Parker Bodine to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House -The House is expected to take up the “Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act” (H.R. 1638); the “Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2017” (H.R. 4015) and the “Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act” (H.R. 4324).

 

  • Senate –The Senate is expected to go to consider the nomination of Leonard Steven Grasz, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, Don R. Willett, to be a Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and James C. Ho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth 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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