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 seventeen bills under suspension of the rules then will move to consideration of H.R. 184 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017. the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6147, Appropriations Minibus II (Interior/FSGG/THUD/Ag).

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 2345, amended, to require the Federal Communications Commission to study the feasibility of designating a simple, easy-to-remember dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 379 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 366;
    • Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 4881, amended, to require the Federal Communications Commission to establish a task force for meeting the connectivity and technology needs of precision agriculture in the United States, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 367;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To require the Federal Communications Commission to establish a task force for reviewing the connectivity and technology needs of precision agriculture in the United States.''.
    • Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act:
      • H.R. 5709, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for enhanced penalties for pirate radio;
    • Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness Act:
      • H.R. 3728, amended, to amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs relating to the health professions workforce; Pages H6598–H6600
    • Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act:
      • H.R. 5385, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the program of payments to children's hospitals that operate graduate medical education programs;
    • Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act:
      • H.R. 1676, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine;
    • Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act:
      • H.R. 959, amended, to amend title VIII of the Public Health Service Act to extend advanced education nursing grants to support clinical nurse specialist programs;
    • Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act:
      • H.R. 3994, amended, to establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth;
    • Private Property Rights Protection Act:
      • H.R. 1689, to protect private property rights;
    • Anti-terrorism Clarification Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5954, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to clarify the meaning of the terms ``act of war'' and ``blocked asset'';
    • Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act:
      • H.R. 4100, to amend title 36, United States Code, to revise the Federal charter for the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association;
    • Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act:
      • S. 2245, to include New Zealand in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E–1 and E–2 nonimmigrants if United States nationals are treated similarly by the Government of New Zealand;
    • La Paz County Land Conveyance Act:
      • H.R. 2630, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to La Paz County, Arizona;
    • Establishing the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107–62:
      • H.R. 1220, amended, to establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107–62;
    • Eastern Legacy Extension Act:
      • H.R. 3045, amended, to amend the National Trails System Act to extend the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail;
    • Amending the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and related laws:
      • H.R. 5875, amended, to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and related laws;
    • Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument Act:
      • H.R. 5979, amended, to establish the Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument in the State of Kentucky as a unit of the National Park System;
    • National Comedy Center Recognition Act:
      • H.R. 6077, amended, recognizing the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York;
    • Amending the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund:
      • S. 2850, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund; and
    • Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act:
      • H.R. 5613, amended, to designate the Quindaro Townsite in Kansas City, Kansas, as a National Historic Landmark;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To designate the Quindaro Townsite in Kansas City, Kansas, as a National Commemorative Site.''.

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1201 – EACH Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 1476 – Native American Health Savings Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Moolenaar / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 519 – Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3500 – Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 6084 – Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 4952 – Improving Seniors Access to Quality Benefits Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 6138 – ASC Payment Transparency Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 6124 – Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 9) House Amendment to S. 1182 – National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Financial Services Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 2409 – To allow servicemembers to terminate their cable, satellite television, and Internet access service contracts while deployed, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Costello / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 2787 – VET MD Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Marcy Kaptur / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 5538 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the inclusion of certain additional periods of active duty service for purposes of suspending charges to veterans’ entitlement to educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs during periods of suspended participation in vocational rehabilitation programs (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Peters / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 13) H.R. 5649 – Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William ‘Bill’ Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvements Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jodey Arrington / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 5882 – Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 15) H.R. 5864 – VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 16) H.R. 5938 – Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 17) H.R. 5974 – VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Veterans Affairs Committee)
  • H.R. 184 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act:
      • Senate passed H.R. 589, to establish Department of Energy policy for science and energy research and development programs, and reform National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Murkowski Amendment No. 3403, to strike the provisions relating to nuclear energy innovation capabilities.
    • Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act:
      • Senate passed S. 2503, to establish Department of Energy policy for science and energy research and development programs, and reform National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Murkowski Amendment No. 3404, to strike the provisions relating to nuclear energy innovation capabilities.
    • Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:
      • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2353, to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Murkowski (for Alexander) Amendment No. 3408, in the nature of a substitute.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act--Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of H.R. 6147, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
        • Pending:
          • Shelby Amendment No. 3399, in the nature of a substitute.
          • Murkowski Amendment No. 3400 (to Amendment No. 3399), of a perfecting nature.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that for the purpose of Rule XVI in relation to Shelby Amendment No. 3399 (listed above), Division A of H.R. 6147, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division A of the amendment; Division B of H.R. 6147, serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division B of the amendment; that H.R. 5961, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, as reported by the House Appropriations Committee, serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division C of the amendment; and that H.R. 6072, making appropriations for the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, as reported by the House Appropriations Committee, serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division D of the Amendment.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 86 yeas to 9 nays (Vote No. EX. 163), Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6147, Appropriations Minibus II (Interior/FSGG/THUD/Ag).
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Roll call votes in relation to the appropriations minibus are possible for Tuesday’s session.
  • Amendments Pending to H.R.6147, Minibus II
    • Shelby SA #3399 (substitute)
    • Murkowski SA #3400 (technical)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Factors Impacting Global Oil Prices

Senate Agriculture
CFTC Nomination

Senate Banking
SEC/HUD/OFR/GNMA Nomination

House Energy and Commerce
Advertising/Marketing in Substance Use Treatment

House Financial Services
Markup

House Ways and Means
Implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act

House Judiciary
Wayfair Decision – Impact on Small Business

House Homeland
Markup

House OGR
U.S. Election System Cybersecurity

House Energy and Commerce
Commercializing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

USTR
Section 301  Hearing Panel #3

House Ways and Means
Steel/Aluminum Tariff Product Exclusion Process

Senate Foreign Relations
The China Challenge: Economic Coercion as Statecraft

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.6476 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the treatment of natural gas vehicles is equal to the treatment of electric vehicles.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 07/23/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/23/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6463 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate certain fuel excise taxes and impose a tax on greenhouse gas emissions to provide revenue for maintaining and building American infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] (Introduced 07/23/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Education and the Workforce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Science, Space, and Technology, Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 07/23/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Education and the Workforce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Science, Space, and Technology, and Agriculture, for a period to be...

 

Health

H.R.6478 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To enhance competition for prescription drugs by increasing the ability of the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to enforce existing antitrust laws regarding biologic and biosimilar products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3] (Introduced 07/23/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/23/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6477 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To include lead poisoning prevention and mitigation education as a purpose of the education and obesity prevention program carried out under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] (Introduced 07/23/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 07/23/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

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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