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 H.R. 2157 – Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 357 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 986 - Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019 and of the bill H.R. 2157 - Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019
      • -PASSED 227 - 190 - 1, ROLL CALL 189
    • Adoption of H. Res. 357 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 986 - Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019 and of the bill H.R. 2157 - Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019
      • - ADOPTED 227 - 191, ROLL CALL 190
    • Langevin (D-RI) - Amendments No. 1 - Includes findings that the new guidance entitled "State Relief and Empowerment Waivers" weakens protections for the millions of Americans living with a preexisting health condition, including the one in four Americans living with a disability
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Brown (D-MD) - Amendment No. 2 - Ensures that nothing in the bill will be construed to affect the approval of waivers under section 1332 of the ACA that establish reinsurance programs that lower health insurance premiums, and protect health insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions
      • - ADOPTED 351 - 70, ROLL CALL 191
    • Pressley (D-MA) - Amendment No. 3 - Specifies that this restriction includes such actions that result in fewer people with coverage of Essential Health Benefits (as defined in Section 1302 of the Affordable Care Act), including maternity and newborn care
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Harder (D-CA) - Amendment No. 4 - Requests a GAO report on the impacts to mental health care and treatment, and how many individuals would lose care, if the waivers for State innovation are awarded
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Walden (R-OR) - Amendment No. 5 - Renames the bill, “This Bill Actually Has Nothing to do with Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act.”
      • - WITHDRAWN
    • Holding (R-NC) - Amendment No. 6 - Changes the title of H.R. 986 to "Insert Politically Punchy Title That Doesn't Reflect the Bill Substance Act."
      • - NOT OFFERED
    • Holding (R-NC) - Amendment No. 7 - Changes the title of the bill to "Nothing in This Bill Would Protect Individuals With Pre-Existing Conditions Act"
      • - REJECTED 184 - 237, ROLL CALL 192
    • Porter (D-CA) - Amendment No. 8 - Prohibits the Secretaries from taking any such action that would reduce the number of individuals enrolled in coverage that is at least as comprehensive as the coverage defined in section 1302 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Pappas (D-NH) - Amendment No. 9 - Prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Treasury from taking any action to implement similar guidance or rule that would reduce the availability or affordability of coverage for substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Rouda (D-CA) - Amendment No. 10 - Prohibits future administrative actions that would result in a reduction in the availability, affordability, and comprehensiveness of health insurance coverage for vulnerable populations
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Malinowski (D-NJ) - Amendment No. 11 - Prohibits the Secretaries from taking any action that would reduce the affordability of comprehensive coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions
      • -ADOPTED 302 - 117, ROLL CALL 193
    • Wild (D-PA) - Amendment No. 12 - Prohibits any action that would raise health insurance premiums
      • - ADOPTED 308 - 112, ROLL CALL 194
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 986
      • - REJECTED 182 - 231, ROLL CALL 195
    • Passage of H.R. 986- Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019
      • - PASSED 230 - 183 - 1, ROLL CALL 196

 

Today

  • One Minutes (5 per side)
  • H.R. 2157 – Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Perlmutter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Radewagen Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Sablan Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Dunn Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Cunningham Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Huffman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Schrier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Fletcher Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Axne Amendment #9 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Axne Amendment #10 (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; confirmed: 52-41.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted 199: Honoring the life and legacy of Judge Damon Jerome Keith.
    • Adopted S.Res.200: Allowing the taking of a photograph in the Senate Chamber.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, post-cloture.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Park nomination.
  • 1:45pm Thursday, May 9th – 1 roll call vote
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2638 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie [D-TX-7] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2622 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credit for production of refined coal.
Sponsor: Rep. Gianforte, Greg [R-MT-At Large] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1405 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credit for production of refined coal.
Sponsor: Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 05/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1386 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 05/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2657 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide priority under certain federally assisted housing programs to assist youths who are aging out of foster care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2650 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To prohibit retail businesses from refusing cash payments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2613 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to carry out a study on the use of emerging technologies within the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez, Anthony [R-OH-16] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

S.1416 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to prohibit anticompetitive behaviors by drug product manufacturers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 05/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1400 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to preserve the option of States to implement health care marketplaces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 05/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1391 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require reporting regarding certain drug price increases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 05/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1384 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to reform prescription drug pricing and reduce out-of-pocket costs by ensuring consumers benefit from negotiated rebates.
Sponsor: Sen. Romney, Mitt [R-UT] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 05/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Puerto Rico

H.R.2649 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for a Federal match for earned income credit expansion for Puerto Rico.
Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

 

Tax

H.R.2624 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation on the deduction for State and local taxes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sherrill, Mikie [D-NJ-11] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2614 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the dollar limitation on employer-provided group term life insurance that can be excluded from the gross income of the employee.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 05/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2019 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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