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 is not in Session. The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. to convene for pro forma session with no business conducted.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • 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
      • - AGREED TO 420 - 0 - 4, ROLL CALL 125

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday 

  •  Roll Call Votes
    1. Passage of H.J.Res.46: to terminate the national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019; passed: 59-41.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.113: designating March 25th , 2019, as “National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day”.
    • Adopted S.Res.114: expressing support for the designation of March 21, 2019, as “National Rosie the Riveter Day”.
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business the following bills:
      1. H.R.1:
        • For the People Act
      2. H.R.1617:
        • KREMLIN Act
  • Executive Business
    • CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
      • Executive Calendar #63 - Janice Miriam Hellreich, of Hawaii, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2024.
      • Executive Calendar #64 - Robert A. Mandell, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2022.
      • Executive Calendar #66 - Bruce M. Ramer, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2024.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. to convene for pro forma session with no business conducted.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.806 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to prohibit the collection of data or information generated on the internet.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Energy

H.R.1768 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To reauthorize subtitle G of title VII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, relating to diesel emissions reduction, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1760 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Secretary of Energy to establish and carry out a program to support the availability of HA-LEU for domestic commercial use, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.828 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.816 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to expedite approval of exports of small volumes of natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1800 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To modify the minimum allocation requirement for the emergency solutions grants program.
Sponsor: Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1756 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit the use of consumer reports and consumer information in making any determination involving auto insurance with respect to a consumer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (24)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.1801 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Defense to develop a strategy to recruit and retain mental health providers, to direct the Secretaries of the military departments to develop medication monitoring programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-11] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Armed Services
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.1788 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to limit the penalty for late enrollment under part B of the Medicare Program to 15 percent and twice the period of no enrollment, and to exclude periods of COBRA, retiree, and VA coverage from such late enrollment penalty.
Sponsor: Rep. Hill, Katie [D-CA-25] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 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...

H.R.1781 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission with access to certain drug payment information, including certain rebate information.
Sponsor: Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 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...

H.R.1767 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To increase the number of States that may conduct Medicaid demonstration programs to improve access to community mental health services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (34)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1765 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program for FDA-approved qualifying colorectal cancer screening blood-based tests, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 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.844 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to allow for expedited approval of generic prescription drugs and temporary importation of prescription drugs in the case of marginally competitive drug markets and drug shortages.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.829 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to award cooperative agreements to improve care for individuals with advanced illnesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.824 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to increase the number of States that may conduct Medicaid demonstration programs to improve access to community mental health services.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.814 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to diabetes outpatient self-management training services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.801 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission with access to certain drug payment information, including certain rebate information.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Puerto Rico

H.R.1786 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the limitation on the cover over of distilled spirits taxes to Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands and to transfer a portion of such cover over to the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust Fund.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Tax

H.R.1804 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit qualified amateur sports organizations from prohibiting or substantially restricting the use of an athletes name, image, or likeness, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC-6] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1798 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction allowed for student loan interest and to exclude from gross income discharges of income contingent or income-based student loan indebtedness.
Sponsor: Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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.1796 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the qualifying advanced coal project credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1791 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt survivor benefit annuity plan payments from the individual alternative minimum tax.
Sponsor: Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1774 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers a credit against income tax for employees who participate in qualified apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House - 03/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, 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.833 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with respect to participant votes on the suspension of benefits under multiemployer plans in critical and declining status.
Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.803 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restore incentives for investments in qualified improvement property.
Sponsor: Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] (Introduced 03/14/2019) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/14/2019 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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