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115th Congress Convenes
Posted January 03, 2017 by Ryan Donovan

Today, the 115th Congress will convene its first session.  With pomp and circumstance, all House members and newly elected Senators will be sworn in, and the House of Representatives will elect the Speaker of the House. For members, staff and advocates, swearing-in day feels a lot like the first day of school.  This year, however, the first day of school will be followed very quickly by a midterm exam feel, with Congress cramming to get as much done as possible in the early months of the new president’s term.  

On Wednesday, the heavy lifting begins. The House will consider the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.  This legislation, which CUNA has long supported, would require Congressional approval for regulations with an estimated economic impact of $100 million or more.  The House is also expected to consider the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which would allow Congress to consider resolutions of disapproval of executive branch regulations en bloc; this legislation could expedite the use of the Congressional Review Act process.  On Friday, the House and the Senate will convene a joint session to count electoral votes and certify the presidential and vice presidential elections.