Even before Donald Trump took office, the congressional GOP had drawn up a "hit list" of health, safety and environmental regulations it hoped to erase from the books. Their method: the little-used Congressional Review Act, part of the 1996 "Contract with America," which allows Congress to block "major" rules within 60 legislative days of adoption, by means of a joint resolution, subject to veto by the president. Significantly, the resolution may not be filibustered in the Senate. Following are a number of key safeguards for health, safety and the environment that GOP leaders have already targeted with CRA resolutions.
Establishes rules to provide more meaningful data on teacher preparation program quality and amends rules to include teacher preparation program quality in deciding a program's eligibility for the TEACH Grant program.
Establishes minimum standards for measurement and reporting of all gas removed or sold from Federal and Indian (except the Osage tribe) leases, units, unit participating areas, and areas subject to communitization agreements.
Establishes minimum standards for oil and gas facility site security and ensures that oil and gas produced from Federal and Indian (except Osage Tribe) oil and gas leases are properly and security handled.
Updates regulations governing the exercise of non-federal oil and gas rights within refuges outside of Alaska so FWS can better protect refuge resources, visitors, and public health and safety from potential impacts of operations. More info on the rule from the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
Sets forth documents required for certain related-party interests in a corporation to be treated as indebtedness for federal tax purposes, and treat as stock certain related-party interests that otherwise would be treated as indebtedness for federal tax purposes.
Describes circumstances in which state payroll deduction savings programs with automatic enrollment would not give rise to establishment of employee pension benefit plans under ERISA and gives guidance to states on designing such programs.
Amends an existing rule describing how states may design and operate payroll deduction savings programs for private-sector employees without having to establish ERISA plans, to include state political subdivisions and their programs under the rule.