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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  • April 19, 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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  • February 5, 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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The House will consider H.R. 5645 – Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018 and H.R. 2152 – Citizens’ Right to Know Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of Kurt Engelhardt, to be Judge for the 5th Circuit, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act:
      • H.R. 3170, to amend the Small Business Act to require cyber certification for small business development center counselors;
    • Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act:
      • H.R. 4754, to amend the Small Business Act to provide prospective construction contractors with information about an agency's policies on the administration of change orders to allow such contractors to make informed business decisions regarding the pricing of bids or proposals;
    • Women's Business Centers Improvements Act:
      • H.R. 1680, amended, to amend the Small Business Act to improve the women's business center program;
    • Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 1702, amended, to amend the Small Business Act to improve the small business development centers program;
    • Spurring Business in Communities Act:
      • H.R. 4111, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to improve the number of small business investment companies in underlicensed States;
    • Main Street Employee Ownership Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5236, amended, to expand opportunities available to employee-owned business concerns through Small Business Administration loan programs; and
    • Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 4743, amended, to amend the Small Business Act to strengthen the Office of Credit Risk Management within the Small Business Administration.
    • Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to ``Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act'':
      • The House passed S.J. Res. 57, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to ``Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act'', by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 175 nays with one answering ``present'', Roll No. 171.
    • H. Res. 872, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5645) and (H.R. 2152) and the joint resolution (S.J. Res. 57) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 170, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 169.
    • Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer:
      • Representative Crowley announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
    • Question of Privilege:
      • Representative Crowley rose to a question of the privileges of the House and submitted a privileged resolution. Upon examination of the resolution, the Chair determined that the resolution qualified. Subsequently, the House agreed to the McCarthy motion to table H. Res. 878, raising a question of the privileges of the House, by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 172.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 5645 – Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Handel / Judiciary Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • H.R. 2152 – Citizens’ Right to Know Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Judiciary Committee) 

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Engelhardt Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 12 noon, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018; and that Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination with no intervening action or debate.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
  • Lowry Nomination--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the nomination of John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training, be referred jointly to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be Judge for the 5th Circuit, post-cloture. At 12:00 noon, there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the nomination, there will be an immediate cloture vote on Executive Calendar #690, Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit.
  • 12:00 noon—2 roll call votes
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be Judge for the 5th Circuit
    • 2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #690, Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit
  • Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #673, Kurt Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be Judge for the 5th Circuit (confirmation Wednesday)
    • 2. Executive Calendar #690, Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit (cloture Wednesday)
    • 3. Executive Calendar #729, Joel Carson III, of New Mexico, to be Judge for the 10th Circuit
    • 4. Executive Calendar #777, John Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be Judge for the 6th Circuit
    • 5. Executive Calendar #780, Michael Scudder, of Illinois, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit
    • 6. Executive Calendar #781, Amy St. Eve, of Illinois, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Foreign Affairs
Markup of Pending Legislation

House Energy and Commerce
Markup of Opioid/Pipeline Legislation

House Armed Services
NDAA Markup

The Savings and Retirement Foundation
The Impact of ESG Investments on Retirement Wealth

House Appropriations
Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.2803 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to improve the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 05/08/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 05/08/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.5704 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to provide additional funding under the Community Development Block Grant program for units of general local government to digitize and make available online information regarding violations of housing construction, building, and safety codes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 05/08/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.5712 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to compel manufacturers to correct inaccurate classification data reported to the Medicaid rebate program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 05/08/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5711 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to allow National Health Service Corps members to provide obligated service as behavioral and mental health professionals at schools, other community-based setting, or patient homes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38] (Introduced 05/08/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5702 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy implementing recommendations relating to the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17] (Introduced 05/08/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5699 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop guidance on pain management and the prevention of opioid use disorder for hospitals receiving payment under part A of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] (Introduced 05/08/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2802 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide the opportunity for responsible health savings to all American families.
Sponsor: Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] (Introduced 05/08/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 05/08/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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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  • April 19, 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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  • February 5, 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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