Zach Israel

Zach Israel
On January 9, President Trump signed Executive Order 13822, entitled "Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life." The E.O. directs the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to develop and submit a Joint Action Plan to provide "seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for transitioning uniformed service members in the year" following military service.
On January 8, President Trump signed Executive Order 13821, entitled "Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America" at the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention in Nashville, TN. The E.O. is aimed at promoting the expansion of broadband Internet into rural areas that lack connectivity. Trump also signed a Presidential Memorandum addressed to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke requiring him to develop a plan to support rural broadband deployment. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also released the USDA's Rural Prosperity Task Force Report.
On January 9, U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California ruled that the Trump Administration that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump has said he will end on March 5, 2018, should remain in effect until legal challenges brought in multiple courts are resolved. On January 16, the Justice Department said that it would take the "rare step" of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Judge Alsup's ruling, and bypass the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read more...
During the week of Jan. 8, President Trump signed 17 bills into law.
The House and Senate are both in session this week. The House will consider 11 bills under suspension of the rules. For the remainder of the week, the House will vote on the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act (H.R. 2954), which would expand an exemption from mortgage loan reporting requirements to cover more lenders; the World Bank Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 3326), which would authorize the U.S. government to contribute $3.29 billion over three years to the World Bank's International Development Association, fulfilling the Trump Administration's request to reduce the authorization level by 15 percent; and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), which would allow medical professionals to be criminally charged and subjected to civil liability if they do not provide medical care to a child that survives an abortion procedure.
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In accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Reform Task Force is seeking input on its existing regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. The notice, which was published in the Federal Register on July 20, lists regulations subject to the review; however, the agency will also accept comments on regulations that are not listed in the notice. For a list of regulations identified by the Corps, refer to the list at the bottom on the Federal Register notice (Docket Number COE-2017-0004).


President Obama Signs FAA Reauthorization BIll Into Law
On Friday, July 15, President Obama signed the "FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016" (H.R. 636) into law, which extends Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program, spending, and tax authorities through September 30, 2017 at current funding levels. The House passed the bill by voice vote on July 11 and the Senate passed the bill on July 13 by a vote of 89-4. The bill also provides important aviation safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements, including: improvements to the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia.