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 Jeffrey Bossert Clark, to be an Assistant Attorney General

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • MHPAEA 10th Anniversary:
      • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 670, recognizing the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 671, designating September 29, 2018, as ``National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day''.
    • Energy Co-Ops:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 672, expressing the sense of Congress that electric cooperative voluntary energy reduction programs reduce energy consumption and save participants money.
    • CBP HiRe Act:
      • Senate passed S. 1305, to provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection with adequate flexibility in its employment authorities, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  • Measures Failed:
    • Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance:
      • By 50 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 226), Senate failed to pass S.J. Res. 63, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor, and Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to ``Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance'', after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
  • House Messages:
    • America's Water Infrastructure Act: By 99 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 225), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendments of the House of Representatives to S. 3021, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to provide for water pollution control activities, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Withdrawn:
      • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 4048 (to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill), to change the enactment date.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • McConnell Amendment No. 4049 (to Amendment No. 4048), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 4048 (to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill) (listed above) was withdrawn.
  • Clark Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 227), 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, all post-cloture time on the nomination be considered expired at 12:10 p.m., on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #640, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, post-cloture. At 12:10pm, all post cloture time on the Clark nomination will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following Executive nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #641, Eric S. Dreiband, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General
    • 2. Executive Calendar #866, James N. Stewart, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
  • Thursday at 12:10pm – 2 roll call votes:
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #640, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General
    • 2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #641, Eric S. Dreiband, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  • Additional roll call votes are expected during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Commerce
NOAA/Coast Guard Ship Recapitalization

Senate Banking
Cryptocurrency/Blockchain

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Blackstart

Senate Judiciary
Markup of the DETER Act

SEC
Open Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.3569 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to extend the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to include the setting of reference prices for aluminum premiums, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 10/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 10/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.3568 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Social Security Act and Public Health Service Act to improve obstetric care in rural areas.
Sponsor: Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] (Introduced 10/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 10/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3565 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to include additional covered recipients for transparency reports required of manufacturers of opioids.
Sponsor: Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO] (Introduced 10/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 10/10/2018 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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