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 eleven bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #39, Ryan T. Holte, of Ohio, to be a Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • The House was not in Session.

 

Today

  • One Minutes (Unlimited)
  • **Following one-minute speeches, the House is expected to recess until approximately 3:00 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 (11 bills)
    • H.R. 3151 – Taxpayer First Act (Rep. Lewis (GA) – Ways and Means)
    • H.R. 542 – Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act (Rep. Rice (NY) – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 2476 – Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019 (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 1158 – DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 2539 – Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2019 (Rep. Barragan – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 2083 – Homeland Procurement Reform Act, as amended (Rep. Correa – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 2609 – DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2019 (Rep. Crenshaw – Homeland Security)
    • H.R. 2590 – DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)
    • H.Res. 372 – Expressing Concern for the United States-Turkey Alliance (Rep. Engel – Foreign Affairs)
    • H.R. 951 – United States-Mexico Tourism Improvement Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Cuellar – Foreign Affairs)
    • H.R. 2140 – Prevent Child Marriage Act, as amended (Rep. Wagner – Foreign Affairs)

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in Session.

 

Today

  • On Monday, following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #39, Ryan T. Holte, of Ohio, to be a Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the (1) Holte, (2) Alston Jr, and (3) Hertling nominations. Upon disposition of those nominations, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #41 Sarah Daggett Morrison, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
  • Monday, June 10 at 5:30pm – 4 roll call votes expected:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #39, Ryan T. Holte, of Ohio, to be a Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #40, Rossie David Alston, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #56, Richard A. Hertling, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims
    4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #41 Sarah Daggett Morrison, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations [all have up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate time]:
    1. Executive Calendar #41 Sarah Daggett Morrison, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
    2. Executive Calendar #42 Pamela A. Barker, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
    3. Executive Calendar #43 Corey Landon Maze, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama
    4. Executive Calendar #44 Rodney Smith, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
    5. Executive Calendar #46 Thomas Barber, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
    6. Executive Calendar #49 Jean-Paul Boulee, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
    7. Executive Calendar #193 David Stilwell, of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
    8. Executive Calendar #217 Edward F. Crawford, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to Ireland

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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