PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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The House will consider H.R. 5698 – Protect and Serve Act of 2018, S. 2372 – VA MISSION Act of 2018, and begin consideration of H.R. 2– Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The Senate will resume consideration of Mitchell Zais, to be Deputy Secretary of Education. The Senate will also consider S.J.Res.52, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Restoring Internet Freedom” (Net Neutrality).

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act:
      • H.R. 613, to amend title 18, United States Code, to require that the Director of the Bureau of Prisons ensure that each chief executive officer of a Federal penal or correctional institution provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of the Federal penal or correctional institution for firearms carried by certain employees of the Bureau of Prisons, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 181;
    • Justice Served Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 4854, to amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide additional resources to State and local prosecutors, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 182;
    • Expressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives that Congress and the President should empower the creation of police and community alliances designed to enhance and improve communication and collaboration between members of the law enforcement community and the public they serve:
      • H. Res. 285, expressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives that Congress and the President should empower the creation of police and community alliances designed to enhance and improve communication and collaboration between members of the law enforcement community and the public they serve, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 183;
    • School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5242, amended, to require the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education to conduct a survey of all public schools to determine the number of school resource officers at such schools;
    • Medgar Evers Home National Monument Act:
      • H.R. 4895, amended, to establish the Medgar Evers National Monument in the State of Mississippi;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To establish the Medgar Evers Home National Monument in the State of Mississippi, and for other purposes.''.
    • Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act:
      • S. 1285, to allow the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to lease or transfer certain lands; and
    • National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act:
      • H.R. 1417, to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to allow the Museum to acquire, receive, possess, collect, ship, transport, import, and display firearms.

 

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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) S. 35 – Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Thune / Natural Resources Committee)
  • H.R. 5698 – Protect and Serve Act of 2018 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford / 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)
  • S. 2372 – VA MISSION Act of 2018 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway / Agriculture Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments. Further amendments will be considered pursuant to an additional Rule later this week.
    • Rep. Steve King Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bob Gibbs Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Marino / Burgess Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mike Rogers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jack Bergman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jodey Arrington Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Walter Jones Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Latta / Loebsack Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Glenn Thompson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Herrera Beutler / Westerman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Gosar / Gianforte / Stewart Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Greg Gianforte Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Westerman / Bishop (UT) / Gosar Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Don Young Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Steve Pearce Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. LaMalfa / Gosar / Smith (MO) / Pearce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bruce Westerman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Steve Pearce Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Tipton / Gosar Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mac Thornberry Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Federal Communications Commission Rule--Agreement:
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 12 noon, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Senator Schumer, or his designee, be recognized to offer a motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 52, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Restoring Internet Freedom.”
  • Zais Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following disposition of S.J. Res. 52, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to ``Restoring Internet Freedom'', Senate continue consideration of the nomination, that any remaining time be yielded back, and 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 at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 77 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. EX. 94), Joel M. Carson III, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
    • By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. EX. 95), John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #607, Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.
  • At 12:00 noon, Senator Schumer, or his designee, will be recognized to offer a motion to proceed to S.J.Res.52, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to "Restoring Internet Freedom" (Net Neutrality). If the motion to proceed is agreed to (majority vote), there would be up to 10 hours of debate. We expect the vote on passage to occur around 3pm.
  • Upon disposition of S.J.Res.52, there will be a roll call vote confirmation of the Zais nomination.
  • We expect one roll call vote at noon and two roll call votes around 3pm. If the motion to proceed to net neutrality were to fail, there would be two roll call votes at noon (and nothing at 3pm).
  • 12:00 noon—1 roll call expected
    • 1. Motion to proceed to S.J.Res.42, Net Neutrality
  • Around 3:00pm—2 roll call votes expected
    • 1. Passage of S.J.Res.52, Net Neutrality
    • 2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #607, Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary of Education (If the motion to proceed to net neutrality is not agreed to, the vote on Zais would occur immediately after the failed vote)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Appropriations
EPA Budget

House Education and the Workforce
Retirement Security

House Financial Services
SEC Division of Enforcement Oversight

House Ways and Means
Tax Reform and Economic Growth

House Appropriations
Energy and Water and Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills

House Energy and Commerce
Telecommunications and National Security

Senate Judiciary
Cambridge Analytica/Future of Data Privacy

Senate Commerce
Amtrak/NTSB/NHTSA Nominees

House Financial Services
FinCEN’s Customer Due Diligence Rule

House Ways and Means
Markup of Bills to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Senate Appropriations
DHS Role in Drug Enforcement

House Rules
H.R. 2 – Agriculture and Nutrition Act

Senate Appropriations
Railroad Safety Initiatives

House Appropriations
T-HUD Subcommittee Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Agriculture

H.R.5825 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To expand crop insurance available to beginning farmers and ranchers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.5824 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to improve assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and veteran farmers and ranchers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

S.2839 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to improve assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and veteran farmers and ranchers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.5823 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit Federal agencies from mandating the deployment of vulnerabilities in data security technologies.
Sponsor: Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Intelligence (Permanent Select), Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the...

H.R.5822 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a National Office for Cyberspace, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House - Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

Financial Services

H.R.5816 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 39, United States Code, to provide that the United States Postal Service may provide certain basic financial services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Oversight and Government Reform, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the...

H.R.5793 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to carry out a housing choice voucher mobility demonstration to encourage families receiving such voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas and expand access to opportunity areas.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.5832 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities to improve their preparedness for power outages.
Sponsor: Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5829 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to inform each physician of the Veterans Health Administration of the opioid prescribing rate of the physician and to require pain management training for the physicians with the highest opioid prescribing rates.
Sponsor: Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.5818 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions to help combat the opioid crisis.
Sponsor: Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-14] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.5812 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out certain activities to prevent controlled substances overdoses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5811 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to postapproval study requirements for certain controlled substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5810 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for an extension of the enhanced FMAP for certain Medicaid health homes for individuals with substance use disorders.
Sponsor: Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5809 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage the use of non-opioid analgesics for the management of post-surgical pain under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.5807 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow for more flexibility with respect to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders and to amend the Public Health Service Act to protect the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records.
Sponsor: Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.5806 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue guidance with respect to the expedited approval of certain drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5804 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for modifications in payment for certain outpatient surgical services.
Sponsor: Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.5803 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to consider the potential for misuse and abuse when determining whether to approve certain drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5802 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to include under their State Medicaid plans coverage for medication-assisted treatment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5801 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for requirements under the Medicaid program relating to the use of qualified prescription drug monitoring programs and prescribing certain controlled substances.
Sponsor: Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5800 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission to conduct an exploratory study and report on requirements applicable to and practices of institutions for mental diseases under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5799 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require as a condition of receipt of full Federal medical assistance percentage under Medicaid that State Medicaid plans have in place certain drug utilization review activities.
Sponsor: Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5798 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require a review of current opioid prescriptions for chronic pain and screening for opioid use disorder to be included in the Welcome to Medicare initial preventive physical examination.
Sponsor: Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.5797 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to allow States to provide under Medicaid services for certain individuals with opioid use disorders in institutions for mental diseases.
Sponsor: Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5796 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide grants for eligible entities to provide technical assistance to outlier prescribers of opioids.
Sponsor: Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.5795 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to protect the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5794 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance the national strategy for combating and eliminating tuberculosis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5790 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for clinical psychologist services models to be tested by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee...

H.R.5789 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicaid coverage protections for pregnant and post-partum women while receiving inpatient treatment for a substance use disorder, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2851 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to improve regional health care emergency preparedness and response systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2843 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions to help combat the opioid crisis.
Sponsor: Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2842 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to prohibit the marketing of bogus opioid treatment programs or products.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.2838 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to require the Drug Enforcement Administration to report certain information on distribution of opioids, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Tax

H.R.5813 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the definition of personal holding company income certain royalties and rents derived in the active conduct of a trade or business.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Transportation

S.2844 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Surface Transportation Board to implement certain recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 05/15/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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