Tag Archives: Office of Management and Budget

Return of Senate’s Comprehensive Energy Bill to Move Prior to July 4th Recess; Administration Reviews Clean Power Plan

Legislative Activity Revival of the Comprehensive Energy Bill Last week, by unanimous consent, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced 11 bills governing energy infrastructure and efficiency. The bills address a range of issues including:  skill preparation for energy-related jobs; improvement to hydroelectric licensing; retrofits for schools; increasing energy and water efficiency for federal facilities … Continue Reading

Trump Releases FY 2018 Budget Blueprint and Sends FY 2017 Military and Border Supplemental to Congress

Executive Branch Activity Trump Releases FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Last week, President Donald Trump released his FY 2018 “skinny budget,” intended to serve as the blueprint for his full budget request expected in May. As anticipated, the $1.1 trillion budget request adheres to the topline discretionary spending cap of $1.1 trillion mandated by the Budget … Continue Reading

House Passes FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill; President Trump to Deliver FY 2018 Budget Outline This Week; Debt Ceiling Suspension Expires This Week

Legislative Activity FY 2017: House Passes Defense Appropriations Bill, What About the Rest? The House passed its $577.9 billion FY 2017 defense appropriations bill (H.R. 1301) last week by a vote of 371-48 which included a $6.8 billion increase in procurement funding above the Obama Administration’s budget request for the fiscal year. The chamber still … Continue Reading

Congress Looks to Finalize Funding for the Current Fiscal Year; Trump’s FY 2018 “Skinny Budget” Expected Mid-March

Executive Branch Activity Trump’s FY 2018 “Skinny Budget” Expected Mid-March The Trump Administration is reporting it will release its FY 2018 budget proposal by mid-March, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The proposal is expected to be a “skinny budget” and provide an outline of the President’s fiscal goals, while a more comprehensive … Continue Reading

Fiscal Year 2018 Pared-down Budget Expected in “Next Few Weeks”; Reconciliation Timeline Still Unclear; Border Wall Costs Higher than Expected

Legislative Activity President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal The Trump Administration intends to release a FY 2018 budget proposal within the “next several weeks” according to President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. It is likely that this submission will be an outline (“skinny budget”) which will lay the groundwork for a more complete budget plan … Continue Reading

Mulvaney Confirmation Vote Moves to Full Senate; Debate Continues on the Return of Earmarks; President Trump to Deliver Delayed Budget Request

Legislative Activity OMB Director-Nominee Rep. Mulvaney’s Confirmation Vote Moves to the Full Senate Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) is one step closer to being confirmed as President Donald Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after being confirmed in a party-line vote by the Senate Committee on the Budget (12-11) and the Senate … Continue Reading

Republican Conference Emerges from Retreat with Tentative Plans on Reconciliation; Supplemental Funding Legislation for Border Wall Expected; OMB Nominee Mick Mulvaney Faces Tough Questions

Legislative Activity Last week, the Republican Conference held its annual retreat in Philadelphia. Although members left the meeting without a clear path forward on numerous items, it was clear that they intend to have a busy legislative schedule over the next year. With regard to fiscal issues, Republicans remain committed to passing two budget reconciliation … Continue Reading

GOP Leaders Discuss Timing of Tax Reform; Clarity May Be Needed on New Treasury Regs

Legislative Activity GOP Sets Out Timeline for Tax Reform Last week, Republican lawmakers traveled to Philadelphia for a retreat to discuss their priorities for the 115th Congress.  Among the top priorities for the GOP: tax reform. According to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House will turn its full time and attention to tax reform … Continue Reading

OMB Director-Designee Mulvaney to Testify at Confirmation Hearings

Legislative Activity Confirmation Hearing for OMB Director Nominee On Tuesday, January 24, the Senate Committee on the Budget and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC). It is anticipated that … Continue Reading

House Republicans Work Towards an Agreement on Spending; House and Senate Appropriations Committees to Hold Budget Hearings

Legislative Activity House Republicans Work Towards an Agreement on Spending Republicans may be nearing a deal that will make passage of a budget much easier in the House. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently told House Republicans the best way to advance conservative policy priorities during the upcoming appropriations process is to approve a budget, and … Continue Reading

President to Release Budget Tuesday to Republican Opposition

Legislative Activity President to Release Budget Tuesday, to Republican Opposition On Tuesday, February 9, the White House will release President Barack Obama’s fiscal year (FY) budget request, his final one. The President’s budget will be dead on arrival in Congress but can be an important messaging document, particularly heading into a presidential election year. The … Continue Reading

Puerto Rico, Fiduciary Rule At Front of Agenda; FSOC, OFR to Hold Fifth Annual Conference as SEC Considers Equity Market Structure Issues

Legislative Activity Congress Turns Focus to Puerto Rico Debt Crisis This week, House lawmakers are set to hold a hearing on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, which is likely to kick off several weeks’ worth of debate on the matter. Importantly, in accordance with House leadership, lawmakers are expected to move legislation addressing the Commonwealth’s fiscal … Continue Reading

Previewing the President’s FY 2016 Budget; Congressional Budget Office Releases Budget and Economic Outlook

Legislative Activity Previewing the President’s FY 2016 Budget The Administration will release the President’s FY 2016 budget later today, Monday, February 2. Federal agencies will host briefings to outline the President’s priorities and provide background on the proposed budget numbers. Congressional budget committees will then kick-off a series of hearings on these proposals starting Tuesday, … Continue Reading

Three CFTC Commissioners Confirmed; Levin Plans Hearing on High-Frequency Trading & FHFA Requests Comments on Changing G-Fees

Legislative Activity Senate Confirms Three CFTC Commissioners, House To Take Up CFTC Reauthorization Bill On June 3, the Senate confirmed Timothy Massad as Chairman and Sharon Bowen and J. Christopher Giancarlo as Commissioners at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Chairman Massad was sworn in to his new office on June 5. It is expected … Continue Reading

EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule to be Released to Public; EPA Seeking Comment on Chemicals in Hydraulic Fracturing; USGS Submits Request to OMB

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Rule The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) anticipated Proposed Rule concerning greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for existing coal and natural gas fired power plants will be released to the public on Monday, June 2, at 10:30 am. To advance public awareness of the proposed rule, the President devoted his Saturday radio address … Continue Reading

House and Senate Farm Bill Conferees Convened To Formally Kick-Off Negotiations

Legislative Activity Farm Bill Conference: Priority Issues At-A-Glance On October 30, the 41 House and Senate farm bill conferees convened at a public meeting to formally kick-off negotiations, although informal talks began a few months ago between agriculture leadership’s staff. Despite many conferees cautioning against pre-maturely drawing lines on issues, it was clear what issues … Continue Reading

NOX Budget Trading Program Regarding Regional Transport of Ozone

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: Tuesday, October 1: The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a full committee hearing titled “Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement.” The committee will consider two bills: S. 812, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to implement the agreement between the United States and Mexico regarding transboundary hydrocarbon reservoirs … Continue Reading

House Committee to Introduce Cybersecurity Legislation; Executive Order Deadlines on Cybersecurity; FDA Issues Draft Guidance

Legislative Branch Activity Cybersecurity Legislation The House Homeland Security Committee will introduce a new piece of cybersecurity legislation that would codify the cyber roles and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as address other key aspects of cybersecurity. The committee has been working with stakeholders for several weeks on its draft … Continue Reading

eRx Deadline; Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: Tuesday, June 11: The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Reducing Duplication and Improving Outcomes in Federal Information Technology.” Wednesday, June 12: The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be the Health and Human … Continue Reading
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