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Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On January 11, 2017, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced Senate Bill 105 which proposes a substantial change to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). Senator Fischer was...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for February 2017

On February 8, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a press release cancelling the monthly meeting to be held in February. Additionally, FERC stated that all forthcoming monthly meetings are pre-emptively...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order Aimed at Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

On January 30, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order No. 13771, entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” A link to Executive Oder 13771 appears here. The Order provides...more

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Hensarling Proposes Changes to the CHOICE Act.

On Monday, Chairman Hensarling circulated a memorandum to the House Financial Service Committee Leadership Team suggesting key revisions to the CHOICE Act. It only addresses proposed changes to the CHOICE Act; several key...more

Do Tax Regs Have an Out From the New 2-1 Rule?

As I previously discussed (here), President Trump issued an Executive Order requiring government agencies to identify two regulations for repeal for every new regulation that they wish to issue. The initial reaction of this...more

OIRA guidance confirms executive order to reduce regulations does not apply to independent agencies

Interim Guidance issued by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to implement President Trump’s executive order entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” confirms that the order does...more

Weathering the Freeze: The CPSC's Response to the White House's New Regulatory Restrictions

We have heard much over the last few weeks about the new executive orders issued by the White House at the outset of the Trump Administration. One order that is not garnering as much attention as others, but could have a...more

Trump’s 2 for 1 Regulatory Reduction Challenged in Court

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one adopted and related OMB guidance have been challenged in a law suit commenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of...more

Shrinking Regulation in the New Administration

Donald Trump campaigned on reducing regulation by identifying and removing all “needless job-killing regulations.” One particular pledge is, superficially, both appealing and simple: eliminate two regulations for each new...more

White House Issues Interim Guidance Memo on Implementation of "Two-for-One" Executive Order On Regulations, Invites Public Comment

On February 2, 2017, the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) issued a guidance document (the “Interim Guidance”) intended to help clarify President Trump’s January 30, 2017...more

WPI Insider Briefing: New President, New Congress, New Direction in Workplace Policy

President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017, ushering in a new balance of power in Washington and what is expected to be a dramatically different era of workplace policy. On his first day in office,...more

President Trump Directs DOL to Review the Fiduciary Rule and Consider Modifications or Revocation

On February 3, 2017, President Trump directed the Department of Labor (“DOL”) to review the fiduciary rule adopted in April 2016 (the “Fiduciary Duty Rule”) and consider whether the Fiduciary Duty Rule should be modified or...more

OMB Provides Guidance on Trump’s 2 for 1 Regulatory Cuts

OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has provided interim guidance on the requirements in Section 2, “Regulatory Cap for Fiscal Year 2017,” of the Executive Order of January 30, 2017, titled “Reducing Regulation...more

"The Uncertain Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"

Since its inception in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has sought to prove itself as a powerful regulator through significant enforcement actions and settlements. In 2016, the CFPB continued to...more

Update: Trump's Busy First Week of Office

As reported last week in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs alert in A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions, the Trump administration took immediate action with regard to the Affordable Care...more

Some thoughts on President Trump’s authority to replace Director Cordray

There has been some debate about President Trump’s authority to designate a replacement for Director Cordray should he resign or be removed by the President. The Dodd-Frank Act authorizes the CFPB Director to appoint a...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 2

Governor Cuomo Releases 2017-18 New York State Executive Budget - New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released his 2017-2018 Executive Budget, containing an assortment of potentially important tax proposals,...more

SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch's Judicial Conservatism May Benefit Employers

President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch could shape the U.S. Supreme Court for years to come because of the judge's relatively young age (49) and because he could be part of a conservative majority on the Court,...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report on NLRA Protections For Faculty and Students

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a last minute attempt to leave his mark on the NLRB, the Board’s outgoing General Counsel issued a report attempting to expand the rights of university faculty and students, including scholarship...more

What’s Happening at the EPA This Week — and What Does It Mean?

The Trump administration is barely a week and a half old, and its intention regarding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority and oversight has been a hot topic. Here is an update about what we know — and what we...more

Text of Senate bill released to replace CFPB leadership with five-person board

Last month, we blogged about reports that a bill (S. 105) has been introduced by three Republican Senators to change the CFPB’s single-director leadership structure to a five-person commission....more

One in, Two Out: Potential FDA Uncertainty for Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Companies

On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring all governmental agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one issued. The Order, captioned “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”...more

Executive Order Adds Ethics Commitments for Executive Branch Appointees

On January 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order setting new ethics commitments for incoming executive branch appointees (Ethics Executive Order or the Executive Order). Pursuant to the Executive Order, incoming...more

Update: Michigan Library TIF Legislation

Earlier this month, a package of bills was signed into law that would phase out the capture of tax increment revenues generated by library millages by downtown development authorities, tax increment finance authorities, local...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Work Gets Underway at Maine State House - Momentum is building in the Maine Capitol as...more

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