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 Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5515, National Defense Authorization Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019:
    • The House passed H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 257. Consideration began yesterday, June 7th.
  • Rejected the Kuster (NH) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 256.
  • Agreed to:
    • Carbajal amendment (No. 28 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that provides $8 million for the Veterans Transportation Program to assist veterans in attending to all their medical appointments in a timely manner;
    • Keating amendment (No. 29 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that allocates funding for the VA to create an opioid abuse healthcare kit for community healthcare providers;
    • Keating amendment (No. 30 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that allocates funding for administrative costs at the VA to ensure providers at VA health facilities complete a continuing medication course in pain management;
    • Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) amendment (No. 31 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that requires the VA to report on how many delinquent payments by the VA to vendors and contractors there are and the total amount of money;
    • Connolly amendment (No. 32 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that ensures sufficient funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General to provide rigorous oversight of the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center;
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 33 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that prohibits the use of funds in contravention of the U.S. Code regarding benefits for homeless veterans in training and outreach programs;
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 34 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that increases the amount of funding for Supportive Services for Veterans Families by $2 million offset by a reduction of a $2.5 million in the funding for the VA's information Technology Systems;
    • Walberg amendment (No. 35 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that prevents funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce a proposed rule by the VA to limit an injured or amputee veteran's ability to choose a prosthetist or orthotist who meets his or her needs whether employed by the VA or on contract with the VA;
    • Eshoo amendment (No. 36 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that states that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Army to convey the 17.1 acres of land and the 126 existing housing units known as Shenandoah Square in Mountain View, California;
    • Peters (CA) amendment (No. 37 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that prohibits funds from being transferred from programs supporting veteran homelessness services;
    • Ratcliffe amendment (No. 38 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that prohibits funds from being used to propose, plan, or execute a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC);
    • Gohmert amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that was debated on June 7th that prohibits the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon (by a recorded vote of 212 ayes to 201 noes, Roll No. 253); and
    • Meadows amendment (No. 15 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that was debated on June 7th that reestablishes a semiannual Government Accountability Office financial review of obligated expenditures from the Independent Counsel permanent indefinite appropriation, and requires the report's findings to be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate, the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary of the House, and the Committees on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Judiciary of the Senate (by a recorded vote of 207 ayes to 201 noes, Roll No. 254).
  • Rejected:
    • Takano amendment (No. 16 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–712) that was debated on June 7th that sought to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) to help Congress understand emerging technologies and their policy implications; offset by funds from an administrative account within the Architect of the Capitol (by a recorded vote of 195 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 255).
  • H. Res. 923, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 5895) and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3) was agreed to yesterday, June 7th.
  • Meeting Hour:
    • Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 12th for Morning Hour debate.
  • Presidential Message:
    • Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons to undermine Belarus's democratic processes or institutions is to continue in effect beyond June 16, 2018--referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115–131).

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, June 11, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5515, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed.
  • Monday, June 11 at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • 1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.5515,NDAA

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.6062 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program for FDA-approved qualifying colorectal cancer screening blood-based tests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] (Introduced 06/08/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/08/2018 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.6057 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for enhanced penalties for trafficking in fentanyl, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 06/08/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Judiciary, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/08/2018 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.6056 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish rules for payment for graduate medical education (GME) costs for hospitals that establish a new medical residency training program after hosting resident rotators for short durations.
Sponsor: Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] (Introduced 06/08/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/08/2018 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.6052 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare Program of hearing aids and related hearing services.
Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17] (Introduced 06/08/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/08/2018 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.6050 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To allow all individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market the option to purchase a lower premium copper plan.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 06/08/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Transportation

H.R.6058 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to make grants for the establishment of pilot programs to advance high-definition road mapping in order to further the safe deployment of highly automated vehicles.
Sponsor: Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2] (Introduced 06/08/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House - 06/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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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