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 one bill under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #107, Neomi J. Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • H.Res. 156 - Calling for accountability and justice for the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 416 - 1, ROLL CALL 121
    • H.R. 596 - Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 427 - 1, ROLL CALL 122
    • H.R. 1404 - Vladimir Putin Transparency Act, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1617 - KREMLIN Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1582 - Electronic Message Preservation Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED  BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1608 - Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1654 - Federal Register Modernization Act, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 426 - 1, ROLL CALL 123

 

Today

  • “One Minutes” (15 per side)
  • Begin Consideration of H.Con.Res. 24 – Expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress (Rep. Nadler – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.
    • **Members are advised that the House is only expected to consider the Rule for H.Con.Res. 24 tomorrow.
  • Suspension (1 bill)
    • H.Res. 206 – Acknowledging that the lack of sunlight and transparency in financial transactions and corporate formation poses a threat to our national security and our economy’s security and supporting efforts to close related loopholes, as amended (Rep. Waters – Financial Services)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #19, Paul B. Matey, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; confirmed: 54-45.
    • 2) Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #107, Neomi J. Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; invoked: 53-46.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.105: supporting the designation of March 2019 as “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month”.
    • Adopted S.Res.106: commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Negro College Fund.
    • Adopted S.Res.107: Legal Counsel.
    • Adopted by voice vote S.Res.91, as amended: designating March 3, 2019, as “World Wildlife Day”.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #107, Neomi J. Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, post-cloture.
  • At 12:00pm, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Rao nomination. Upon disposition of the Rao nomination, the Senate will consider Executive Calendar #98, William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Beach nomination.
  • The Senate is also expected to consider S.J.Res.7 (Yemen) during Wednesday’s session.
  • At 12:00pm Wednesday – 2 roll call votes:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #107, Neomi J. Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor
  • At 1:45pm, Wednesday – 1 roll call vote:
    1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Agriculture
CFTC Chairman Nomination

House Energy and Commerce
Barriers to Prescription Drugs Market Competition

House Financial Services
NFIP Reauthorization

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Federal Surface Transportation Policy

House Appropriations
Stakeholder Perspectives: Building Resilient Communities

Senate Foreign Relations
United States-China competition

USDA
Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session on Hemp

House Financial Services
Deterring Financial Crimes

House Appropriations
HHS Budget

House Ways and Means
Protecting and Improving Social Security: Benefit Enhancements

House Armed Services
Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request for U.S. Cyber Command and Operations in Cyberspace

House Appropriations
Securing Federal Networks and State Election Systems

Senate Small Business
Cybercrime Threats to Small Businesses

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.1689 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish the Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, to issue Federal obligations, the proceeds of which shall be used to fund projects that aid in adaptation to climate change, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/12/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within...

S.763 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish the Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, to issue Federal obligations, the proceeds of which shall be used to fund projects that aid in adaptation to climate change, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.757 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require a study on the public health and environmental impacts of the production, transportation, storage, and use of petroleum coke, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 03/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.745 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish the position of Climate Security Envoy within the Department of State, who shall develop policies to address security concerns with climate change and serve as a liaison with other Federal agencies and international partners on climate security issues, to express concern with, and improved preparedness for, growing security issues in the Arctic, to establish the position of Special Representative for the Arctic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate - Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate - 03/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

 

Health

H.R.1682 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital stay requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 03/12/2019 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...

S.753 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.741 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide for cost sharing for oral anticancer drugs on terms no less favorable than the cost sharing provided for anticancer medications administered by a health care provider.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 03/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.740 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for training and support services for families and caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 03/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.1696 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and make fully refundable the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, to increase the maximum amount excludable from gross income for employer-provided dependent care assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/12/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1680 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the new markets tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/12/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.750 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the new markets tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] (Introduced 03/12/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/12/2019 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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