This Week's Floor Schedule in U.S. House of Representatives: Less Regulations

The Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, posted the floor schedule for this week including votes on bills forcing less regulations in government and a bill terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions.
 
Note summaries of these 3 bills below the schedule for the House of Representatives this week directly below:

The House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Immediately after One Minutes we will recess. At 4:00 p.m. we will begin debate on our four scheduled suspensions.  Following suspension debate the House will recess.

At 6:30 p.m. we will have our first and only series for the day on suspensions.

The Balance of the Week:

Wednesday: The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. We will consider:

H.Res. 364 - Designating room HVC 215 of the Capitol Visitor Center as the "Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room"

H.R. 3094 - Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

Thursday: The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. We will consider:

H.R. 3463 - To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission

H.R. 527 - Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011

Friday: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. We will consider:

H.R. 3010 - Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011

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H.R.527 

Latest Title: Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 2/8/2011)      Cosponsors (26) 
Related Bills: H.R.3487 
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2011 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 191. 
House Reports:  112-289 Part 1, 112-289 Part 2

SUMMARY AS OF:

2/8/2011--Introduced.

Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 - Amends the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) to revise the definition of "rule" under such Act to exclude a rule of particular (and not general) applicability relating to rates, wages, and other financial indicators and to define "economic impact" with respect to a proposed or final rule as any direct economic effect on small entities from such rule and any indirect economic effect on small entities that is reasonably foreseeable and that results from such rule. Includes tribal organizations within the definition of "small governmental jurisdictions" for purposes of such Act.

Requires initial and final regulatory flexibility analyses to: (1) describe alternatives to a proposed rule that minimize any adverse significant economic impact or maximize the beneficial significant economic impact on small entities, and (2) include revisions or amendments to a land management plan developed by the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior under specified Acts.

Expands elements of initial and final regulatory flexibility analyses under RFA to include estimates and descriptions of the cumulative economic impact of a proposed rule on a small entity.

Repeals provisions allowing a waiver or delay of the completion of an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. Requires the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue rules governing federal agency compliance with RFA requirements. Authorizes the Chief Counsel to modify or amend such rules, to intervene in agency adjudication relating to such rules, and to inform an agency of the impact of its rulemaking on small entities.

Revises requirements for agency notification of the SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy prior to the publication of any proposed rule. Requires agencies to provide the Chief Counsel with: (1) all materials prepared or utilized in making the proposed rule, and (2) information on the potential adverse and beneficial economic impacts of the proposed rule on small entities.

Requires each agency to publish in the Federal Register a plan for the periodic review of existing and new rules that have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities to determine whether such rules should be continued, changed, or rescinded.

Provides for judicial review of an agency final rule for compliance with RFA requirements after the publication of such rule. Grants federal courts of appeal jurisdiction to review all final rules issued in accordance with RFA.

H.R.3010 

Latest Title: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 9/22/2011)      Cosponsors (36) 
Related Bills: S.1606
Latest Major Action: 11/22/2011 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 195. 
House Reports: 112-294

SUMMARY AS OF:

9/22/2011--Introduced.

Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 - Amends the Administrative Procedure Act to revise and expand the requirements for federal agency rulemaking by requiring agencies, in making a rule, to base all preliminary and final determinations on evidence and to consider the legal authority under which the rule may be proposed, the specific nature and significance of the problem the agency may address with the rule, any reasonable alternatives for the rule, and the potential costs and benefits associated with such alternatives.

Requires agencies to publish advance notice of proposed rulemaking for major rules and for high-impact rules (rules having an annual cost on the economy of $100 million or $1 billion or more, respectively), which shall include a written statement identifying the nature and significance of the problem the agency may address with a rule, the legal authority under which the rule may be proposed, and a solicitation for written data and comments from interested persons.

Sets forth criteria for issuing major guidance (agency guidance that is likely to lead to an annual cost on the economy of $100 million or more, a major increase in cost or prices, or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or ability to compete).

Expands the scope of judicial review of agency rulemaking by allowing immediate review of rulemaking not in compliance with notice requirements and establishing a substantial evidence standard for affirming agency rulemaking decisions.

H.R.3463

Latest Title: To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission. 
Sponsor: Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] (introduced 11/17/2011)      Cosponsors (1) 
Related Bills: H.R.672 
Latest Major Action: 11/17/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on House Administration, 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.

SUMMARY AS OF:

11/17/2011--Introduced.

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to terminate as of December 31, 2010, taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns. Abolishes the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account.

Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to transfer all amounts remaining in the Fund after enactment of this Act to the general fund of the Treasury to reduce the deficit.

Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the EAC Standards Board, and the EAC Board of Advisors 61 days after enactment of this Act. Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to perform EAC functions with respect to certain existing contracts and agreements during the transition period for winding up EAC affairs.

Transfers specified election administration functions of the EAC to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Replaces the Standards Board and the Board of Advisors with a Guidelines Review Board to review voluntary voting system guidelines proposed by the Technical Guidelines Development Committee.

Sets forth special requirements relating to the transfer of certain EAC authorities to the FEC with respect to development of such guidelines.

Transfers to the FEC the EAC Office of Voting System Testing and Certification.

Directs the Comptroller General to: (1) study the procedures used to adopt and modify the voluntary voting system guidelines applicable to the administration of elections for federal office, and (2) develop recommendations on methods to improve such procedures.

Requires the FEC to: (1) study the procedures for the testing, certification, decertification, and recertification of voting system hardware and software used in federal elections; and (2) develop a recommendation on the entity best suited to oversee and carry out such procedures.

Requires the recommendations in both studies to take into account the needs of persons affected by such guidelines, including state and local election officials, voters with disabilities, absent military and overseas voters, and the manufacturers of voting systems.