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 five bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of S.47, Natural Resources Management Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Amendments to H.R. 840:
      • Bergman (R-MI) - Amendment No. 4 - Prohibits VA from constructing new structures to be used as childcare centers.
        • - REJECTED 172 - 246, ROLL CALL 72
      • Sherrill (D-NJ) - Amendment No. 12 - Require the Secretary to provide public notification on VA.gov to ensure veterans are aware of the expanded, cost-free child care services within this Act, and to perform outreach to inform eligible veterans.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Moore (D-WI) - Amendment No. 13 - Require annual reports on participation in this program and biannual reports on any other child care related barriers that remain for veterans seeking care at VA medical facilities.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Kuster (D-NH) - Amendment No. 14 - Require the Secretary to establish criteria for furnishing child care assistance to eligible veterans that accounts for unusual or excessive access burdens, such as excessive driving distance, geographic challenges, and other environmental factors. It would also correct a technical error to the Rules Committee print.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Delgado (D-NY), Lawrence (D-MI) - Amendment No. 15 - Adds extended day programs to the child care services that can receive stipends. Extended day programs are before and after school programs held at educational institutions for students whose parents have obligations prior to school hours and/or obligations that extend beyond school hours.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Delgado (D-NY), Stefanik (R-NY), Harder (D-CA) - Amendment No. 16 - Include under definitions in the Health Care Services, Emergency Mental Health Care Services, which provide immediate assistance to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The goals are to prevent the crisis from worsening, relieve immediate distress, and prevent individuals from harming themselves and/or others.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Golden (D-ME), Kuster (D-NH) - Amendment No. 17 - Expands the scope of services under which a veteran would qualify for free child care to include health care services provided as part of readjustment counseling.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Golden (D-ME), Brindisi (D-NY) - Amendment No. 18 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress regarding the accessibility and effectiveness of the program for eligible individuals who reside in rural and highly rural areas.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Sherrill (D-NJ) - Amendment No. 19 - States that child care providers may not provide child care under the bill if they employ an individual who has been convicted of a sex crime, an offense involving a child victim, a violent crime, a drug felony, or other offense the Secretary deems appropriate. It also states that nothing in the amendment would lower more restrictive existing federal, state, or local standards of hiring and screening at child care centers within this Act.
        • - ADOPTED 401 - 19, ROLL CALL 73
      • Sherrill (D-NJ), Kuster (D-NH), Moore (D-WI) - Amendment No. 20 - Amends the bill to specifically include Military Sexual Trauma counseling and care services under section 1720D of title 38 in the definition of 'covered health care services.'
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Slotkin (D-MI) - Amendment No. 21 - Provide authority for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consult with the Secretary of Defense in implementing the bill.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 840 - This Motion to Recommit would protect veterans’ children at child care centers by ensuring that any employee of a child care provider with a charge pending regarding a sex crime, crime involving a child, a violent crime, or a drug felony is suspended from having any contact with children until the case is resolved
      • - REJECTED 200 - 214, ROLL CALL 74
    • Passage of H.R. 840 - Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
      • - PASSED 400 - 9, ROLL CALL 75

 

Today

  • The House is expected to recess until approximately 4:00 p.m. At that time the House will reconvene to consider the bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules. Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Suspensions (5 bills)
    • H.R. 1063 – Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2019 (Rep. Cummings – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 1065 – Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2019 (Rep. Lynch – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 1064 – To amend title 5, United States Code, to allow whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients (Rep. Hill (CA) – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 995 – Settlement Agreement Information Database Act of 2019 (Rep. Palmer – Oversight and Reform)
    • H.R. 1079 – CASES Act (Rep. Graves (LA) – Oversight and Reform)

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, February 11, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.47, Natural Resources Management Act.
  • During Thursday’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on S.47. The filing deadline for first degree amendments is 4:00pm on Monday.
  • Senator McConnell also filed cloture on Executive Calendar #14, the nomination of William Pelham Barr, of Virginia, to Attorney General.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.47.
  • On Monday, it is also possible that the Senate will vote in relation to Lee amendment #154 (antiquities). Therefore, there may be more than 1 roll call vote at 5:30pm on Monday, February 11th.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.1131 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to Tourette syndrome.
Sponsor: Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] (Introduced 02/08/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1109 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] (Introduced 02/08/2019) Cosponsors: (57)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Tax

H.R.1124 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for continuing appropriations in the absence of regular appropriations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] (Introduced 02/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Appropriations
Latest Action: House - 02/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

H.R.1121 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title III of the Social Security Act to permit States to conduct substance abuse risk assessments and targeted drug testing as a condition for the receipt of unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] (Introduced 02/08/2019) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/08/2019 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.1120 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation and regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 02/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 02/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as...

H.R.1118 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with State law.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 02/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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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