PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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The House will consider 12 bills under suspension of the rules and continue consideration of H.R. 3354 – Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2810, National Defense Authorization Act and consider the nomination of Kevin Hassett to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

House

 

Yesterday

  • Amending section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for increased fiscal year 2017 and 2018 payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned from foreign countries:
    • The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 3732, to amend section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for increased fiscal year 2017 and 2018 payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned from foreign countries.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 3284 – Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2453 – DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 2427 – Pathways to Improving Homeland Security At the Local Level Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Val Demings / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2470 – Homeland Threat Assessment Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 2468 – Unifying DHS Intelligence Enterprise Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 2433 – Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists Use of Virtual Currencies Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 2454 – Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 2442 – FIRST State and Local Law Enforcement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 2443 – Department of Homeland Security Classified Facility Inventory Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 2471 – TRACER Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 931 – Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Collins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 2611 – Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Natural Resources Committee)
  • 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 .

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Social Security Payments:
      • Senate passed H.R. 3732, to amend section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for increased fiscal year 2017 and 2018 payments for temporary assistance to United States Citizens returned from foreign countries.
    • Condemning the Violence and Domestic Terrorist Attack in Charlottesville, Virginia:
      • Senate passed 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, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President's Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.
    • Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act:
      • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 416, to amend the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1980 to require an annual review by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the annual government-business forum on capital formation, and the bill was then passed.
    • Fair Access to Investment Research Act:
      • Senate passed S. 327, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide a safe harbor related to certain investment fund research reports, after agreeing to the committee amendments, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Warren/Heller) Amendment No. 935, of a perfecting nature.
    • Supporting America's Innovators Act:
      • Senate passed S. 444, to amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to expand the investor limitation for qualifying venture capital funds under an exemption from the definition of an investment company.
    • Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment Credit Act:
      • Senate passed S. 462, to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to refund or credit certain excess payments made to the Commission.
    • U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act:
      • Senate passed S. 484, to amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to terminate an exemption for companies located in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and any other possession of the United States, after agreeing to the committee amendments.
    • Encouraging Employee Ownership Act:
      • Senate passed S. 488, to increase the threshold for disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to compensatory benefit plans.
    • Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act:
      • Senate passed S. 102, to direct the Federal Communications Commission to commence proceedings related to the resiliency of critical communications networks during times of emergency, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • Abolish Human Trafficking Act:
      • Senate passed S. 1311, to provide assistance in abolishing human trafficking in the United States, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 936, relating to the effects of trafficking in persons.
    • Trafficking Victims Protection Act:
      • Senate passed S. 1312, to prioritize the fight against human trafficking in the United States, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 937, of a perfecting nature.
  • Measures Considered:
    • National Defense Authorization Act--Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2810, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 89 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 193), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, Senator Paul be given up to 4 hours of post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and that all time during morning business, Leader remarks, recess, and adjournment count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • Hassett Nomination--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Kevin Allen Hassett, of Massachusetts, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; that there be 20 minutes of debate on the nomination equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2810, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 2:15pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for consideration of Executive Calendar #110, the nomination of Kevin Hassett to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. There will be 20 minutes of debate equally divided followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Tuesday, September 12 at approximately 2:35pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #110, Kevin Hassett, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
Turning Genes into Medicine

Senate Foreign Relations
Pending Nominations

Senate HELP
Stabilizing Individual Insurance Market

Senate Finance
Health Care Cost and Coverage

Senate Banking
FinTech Landscape

Joint Economic
Free Digital Trade

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Minority
Roundtable Discussion on the Sales and Marketing Tactics of Insys Therapeutics and Opioid Manufacturers”

House Financial Services
Examining the Relationship Between Prudential Regulation and Monetary Policy at the Federal Reserve

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Rail Infrastructure

House Natural Resources
Markup – Opening Statements

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.3736 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the National Credit Union Administration to conduct a study of the appropriate capital requirements for credit unions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] (Introduced 09/11/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: 09/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.1786 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to enhance the accuracy of credit reporting and provide greater rights to consumers who dispute errors in their credit reports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 09/11/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 09/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.3730 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the non-application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex rehabilitative manual wheelchairs and accessories.
Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 09/11/2017) Cosponsors: (42)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 09/11/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.3728 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs relating to the health professions workforce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 09/11/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/11/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3727 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include additional telehealth services for purposes of MA organization bids, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 09/11/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 09/11/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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.”

     

    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.

     

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