PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

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  • 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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  • 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 four bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of S.47, Natural Resources Management Act, with all post-cloture time on the motion to proceed expired.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS:
    • H.R. 876 - To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to carry out a plan for the purchase and installation of an earthquake early warning system for the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and for other purposes
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 866 - To provide a lactation room in public buildings
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 543 - To require the Federal Railroad Administration to provide appropriate congressional notice of comprehensive safety assessments conducted with respect to intercity or commuter rail passenger transportation
      • -ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 831 - To direct the Secretary of Transportation to request nominations for and make determinations regarding roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program, and for other purposes
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 404 – 19
    • H.R. 66 - To establish the Route 66 Centennial Commission, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to prepare a plan on the preservation needs of Route 66, and for other purposes
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • -  PASSED 399 - 22

 

Today

  • The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour
  • Legislative Business will begin at 12:00 p.m.
  • Suspensions (4 bills)
    • H.R. 494 – Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Jackson-Lee – Judiciary)
    • H.R. 450 – Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Deutch – Judiciary)
    • H.R. 507 – Putting Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019 (Rep. Bass – Judiciary)
    • H.R. 752 – Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (Rep. Collins (GA) – Judiciary)
  • Begin consideration of H.R. 840 – Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (Rep. Brownley – Veterans’ Affairs) (Subject to a Rule)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • No Roll Call Votes
  • Legislative Business
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place S.340, CREATES Act of 2019, on the Calendar of Business.
    • Adopted S.Res.33: supporting the contributions of Catholic schools.
    • Adopted S.Res.53:Office of Legal Counsel 100th anniversary.
  • The traditional reading of Washington’s Farewell Address will take place on Monday, February 25th.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 Noon on Thursday, February 7, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.47, Natural Resources Management Act, with all post-cloture time on the motion to proceed expired. We expect to agree to the motion to proceed by voice vote.
  • Additional roll call votes in relation to S.47 are possible during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Infrastructure Investment

House Education and Labor
Raising the Minimum Wage

Senate Armed Services
U.S. Africa/Southern Command

House Energy and Commerce
FCC Net Neutrality Repeal

House Ways and Means
Presidential and Vice-Presidential Tax Returns

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.1024 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1009 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for the study and evaluation of net metering, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.346 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide for the study and evaluation of net metering, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 02/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1000 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish a National Full Employment Trust Fund to create employment opportunities for the unemployed, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Education and Labor, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2019 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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...

 

Health

H.R.990 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prevent the inter partes review process for challenging patents from diminishing competition in the pharmaceutical industry and with respect to drug innovation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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 committee...

H.R.987 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for Federal Exchange outreach and educational activities.
Sponsor: Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Budget
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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 concerned.

H.R.986 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide that certain guidance related to waivers for State innovation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shall have no force or effect.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2019 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...

S.344 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prevent the inter partes review process for challenging patents from diminishing competition in the pharmaceutical industry and with respect to drug innovation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 02/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

S.362 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform taxation of alcoholic beverages.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 02/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.1027 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate the credit for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and to provide for a Federal Highway user fee on alternative fuel vehicles.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.352 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the national limitation amount for qualified highway or surface freight transfer facility bonds.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 02/06/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 02/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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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