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.”

     

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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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Washington Update

Our weekly update on Congress

This week the House passed the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015” (H.R. 2406) and the “Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act of 2015” (H.R. 3624).

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This week the House was in recess.

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This week the House passed the “Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2015” (H.R. 3442); the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 2017); and the “Scientific Research in the National Interest Act” (H.R.3293).

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This week the House completed consideration of the “Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act’’ (DRIVE Act) (H.R. 22), a six-year highway reauthorization bill and voted to go to conference with the Senate. The House also passed the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016” (S. 1356).

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This week the House passed the “Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015” (H.R. 1314) to raise the debt limit until March 2017 and lift discretionary spending caps by $80 billion for fiscal years 2016 and 2017; the “Retail Investor Protection Act” (H.R. 1090); and the “Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015” (H.R. 3819) to extend the highway program through November 20, 2015. The House used the rarely utilized discharge petition procedure to pass the “Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015” (H.R. 597) and elected Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House.

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This week the House passed the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” (H.R. 3762); the “SOAR Reauthorization Act” (H.R. 10); the “Default Prevention Act” (H.R. 692); and the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015 (H.R. 1937).

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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...

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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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