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 Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3249 – Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 and begin consideration of H.R. 8 – Water Resources Development Act of 2018. The Senate will consider the nomination of Annemarie Carney Axon, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. Following the vote on the Axon nomination the Senate is expected to proceed to the consideration of H.R. 5515, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5956, to incentivize the hiring of United States workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands;
    • North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act:
      • H.R. 1026, amended, to revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail;
    • Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act:
      • H.R. 2991, amended, to establish the Susquehanna National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 373 yeas to 9 nays, Roll No. 232;
    • Directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System:
      • H.R. 5005, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 374 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 231;
    • Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument Act:
      • H.R. 5655, to establish the Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument in the State of Kentucky as a unit of the National Park System, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 376 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 233;
    • Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act:
      • H.R. 801, amended, to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Route 66 National Historic Trail; and
    • Free Veterans from Fees Act:
      • H.R. 3997, amended, to waive the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on Federal land.

 

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: 9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
  • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3249 – Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Judiciary Committee)
  • H.R. 8 – Water Resources Development Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • A list of the 52 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Axon Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Annemarie Carney Axon, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 84 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. 116), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
    • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
      • By a unanimous vote of 95 yeas (Vote No. EX. 113), Robert Earl Wier, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
      • By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. EX. 115), Fernando Rodriguez, Jr., of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 94 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 114), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, June 6.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #625, Annemarie Carney Axon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, post-cloture. There will be a roll call vote at 11:00am on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Following the vote, we expect Senator McConnell to move to proceed to the consideration of H.R. 5515, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
  • 11:00am—1 roll call vote
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #625, Annemarie Carney Axon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Education and the Workforce
HHS Policies and Priorities

House Energy and Commerce
Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act

House Ways and Means
Consumer-Directed Health Plans

House Small Business
Millennials and the Gig Economy

House Financial Services
CFPB Transparency

House Natural Resources
Onshore Energy Development

Senate Judiciary
China’s Infiltration of U.S. Academia

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.5999 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise section 230.163 of title 17, United States Code, to apply the exemption offered in such section to communications made by underwriters and dealers acting by or on behalf of a well-known seasoned issuer.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 06/05/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/05/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.6004 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing medical assistance at a residential pediatric recovery center to infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3] (Introduced 06/05/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/05/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5998 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a loan repayment program under which health professionals agree to conduct prevention activities, as employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, in consideration of the Federal Government agreeing to make payments on the principal and interest of the educational loans of such health professionals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 06/05/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/05/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5997 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to ensure prompt coverage of breakthrough devices under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] (Introduced 06/05/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/05/2018 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...

 

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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