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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The House will continue consideration of H.R. 3354 – Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018. The Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.601 (Hurricane Harvey aid, debt limit, CR).

House

 

Yesterday

  • Mr. Frelinghuysen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. H. Res. 502 — "Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 601, with an amendment." On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 - 3
  • Mr. Latta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3388 — "To provide for information on highly automated driving systems to be made available to prospective buyers." On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 500 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3354) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules." On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 – 191
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 500. H.R. 3354 — "Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes."
  • Amendments considered can be accessed at: 

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Continue Consideration of H.R. 3354 – Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those following amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc.
  • A list of the 224 amendments made in order by this Rule can be found at: https://rules.house.gov/sites/republicans.rules.house.gov/files/Rule%20II_0.pdf.
  • Postponed Amendment Votes:
    • Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment #1
    • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard Amendment
    • Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment #2
    • Rep. J. Luis Correa Amendment
    • Rep. Duncan Hunter Amendment
    • Rep. Steve King Amendment #1
    • Rep. Joaquin Castro Amendment #3
    • Rep. Pramila Jayapal Amendment

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Legislative Business
    • Agreed to S.Con.Res.23, use of Emancipation Hall for ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino Veterans of WWII.
    • Adopted S.Res.160, recognizing the contribution of war dogs.
    • Passed Calendar #44, S.652, detection and treatment of deaf and hard of hearing in children, with committee-reported substitute amendment.
    • Passed Calendar #45, S.849, mosquito-borne disease surveillance and control, with committee-reported substitute amendment.
    • Passed Calendar #47, S.920, National Clinical Care Commission with Shaheen amendment.
    • Passed Calendar #106, H.R.624, Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act.
    • Passed Calendar #201, S.1359, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts appropriations.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.J.Res.49, condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.601 (Hurricane Harvey aid, debt limit, CR).
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment (emergency aid for Hurricane Harvey) to the Senate amendment with a further amendment (debt limit / CR through December 8, 2017) to H.R.601 and filed cloture on the motion to concur.
  • Discussions continue on a path forward to completing action on it this week. If an agreement is not reached, the cloture motion will ripen on Friday, September 8th.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Help
Stabilizing Health Insurance Premiums: Governors

MedPAC
Public Meeting

Senate Banking
North Korea Sanctions/Pending Business

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Pending Nominations

House Financial Services
Federal Financial Regulatory Efficiency

Senate Finance
Children's Health Insurance Program

Senate Appropriations
Labor-HHS-Education/State-Foreign Operations Appropriations

Research America
Straight Talk: Is a 'Disease-Free' World Within Reach?

House Financial Services
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Oversight

House Homeland Security
Cybersecurity Workforce

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.3681 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the America COMPETES Act to reauthorize the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] (Introduced 09/06/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: 09/06/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

 

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.

    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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