PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • August 13, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

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  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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The House will consider H.R. 1119 – Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act. The Senate will resume consideration of S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 1917, to allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with such rule, by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 180 noes with one answering ``present'', Roll No. 99.
  • Rejected the Castor (FL) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 186 yeas to 227 nays, Roll No. 98.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 762, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1119) and (H.R. 1917) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 97, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 96.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • H.R. 1119 – Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 2155, to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, withdrawing the committee reported amendments, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • Pending:
        • McConnell (for Crapo) Amendment No. 2151, in the nature of a substitute.
        • Crapo Amendment No. 2152 (to Amendment No. 2151), of a perfecting nature.
        • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
        • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
        • Michael Rigas, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
        • Jeff Tien Han Pon, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years.
        • McGregor W. Scott, of California, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California for the term of four years.
        • Gary G. Schofield, of Nevada, to be United States Marshal for the District of Nevada for the term of four years.
        • Billy J. Williams, of Oregon, to be United States Attorney for the District of Oregon for the term of four years.
        • Mark S. James, of Missouri, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri for the term of four years.
        • Daniel C. Mosteller, of South Dakota, to be United States Marshal for the District of South Dakota for the term of four years.
        • Jesse Seroyer, Jr., of Alabama, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama for the term of four years.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #287, S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Conversations continue about a path forward for votes on amendments.
  • Roll call votes are possible during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Securities and Exchange Commission
Investor Advisory Committee

Senate HELP
Opioid Crisis State Leadership

House Energy and Commerce
Examining U.S. Public Health Preparedness for and Response Efforts to Seasonal Influenza

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.5200 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide additional funding for the public housing Capital Fund for large public housing agencies, for mortgage foreclosure mitigation assistance, and for incremental rental assistance vouchers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 03/07/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 03/07/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.5197 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in emergency departments.
Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 03/07/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 03/07/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2516 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in emergency departments.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 03/07/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 03/07/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • August 13, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

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  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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