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 begin consideration of H.R. 2740 – Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020 (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations). The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #42, Pamela A. Barker, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 431 - The combined rule that provides for consideration for the bill H. Res. 430 - Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas and for other purposes and of the bill H.R. 2740 - Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
      • - PASSED 227 - 190, ROLL CALL 245
    • Adoption of H. Res. 431 - The combined rule that provides for consideration for the bill H. Res. 430 - Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas and for other purposes and of the bill H.R. 2740 - Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
      • - ADOPTED 227 - 190, ROLL CALL 246
    • Approval of the Journal
      • - APPROVED BY VOICE
    • Passage of H. Res. 430 - Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas and for other purposes
      • - PASSED 229 - 191, ROLL CALL 247
    • H.R. 2609 - DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2019
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 419 - 0, ROLL CALL 248

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 2740 – Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020 (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations)
  • The first Rule, which was adopted today, provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order the first 106 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here.
  • **Members are advised that the House will continue consideration of amendments to H.R. 2740 after last votes.
  • Members should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate time tomorrow.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #41 Sarah Daggett Morrison, of Ohio, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio; confirmed: 89-7.
    2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #42 Pamela A. Barker, of Ohio, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio; invoked: 89-7.
    3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #43 Corey Landon Maze, of Alabama, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama; invoked: 62-34.
    4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #44 Rodney Smith, of Florida, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; invoked: 77-19.
    5. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #46 Thomas Barber, of Florida, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; invoked: 75-21.
    6. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #49 Jean-Paul Boulee, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; invoked: 84-12.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed Calendar #45, S.395: Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act.
    • Passed S.504, with Tillis-Sinema amendment: LEGION Act.
    • Adopted S.Res.245: designating July 17, 2019, as “Glioblastoma Awareness Day”.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #42, Pamela A. Barker, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the 1) Barker, 2) Maze, 3) Smith, 4) Barber, and 5) Boulee nominations, and the motion to invoke cloture on 6) Executive Calendar #193, David Stilwell, of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of State, East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
  • Wednesday at 1:45pm – 6 roll call votes:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #42, Pamela A. Barker, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #43, Corey Landon Maze, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #44, Rodney Smith, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
    4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #46, Thomas Barber, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
    5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #49, Jean-Paul Boulee, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
    6. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #193, David Stilwell, of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
Markup – Continued

House Armed Services
National Defense Authorization Act Markup

House Agriculture
Increasing Resiliency, Mitigating Risk: Examining the Research and Extension Needs of Producers

House Ways and Means
Pathways to Universal Health Coverage

House Energy and Commerce
Surprise Medical Billing

Senate Commerce
Oversight of the FCC

House Homeland Security
Assessing FEMA’s Readiness for Future Disasters

House Veterans’ Affairs
VA/DOD Electronic Health Records

House Energy and Commerce
Oversight of FERC

Senate Judiciary
Vertical Consolidation in the Health Care Industry

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Nomination Hearing

Senate Finance
China’s Belt and Road Initiative

House Floor Coverage
Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.3211 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] (Introduced 06/11/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3198 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 to ensure that Federal financial regulators perform a comprehensive review of regulations to identify outdated or otherwise unnecessary regulatory requirements imposed on covered persons, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11] (Introduced 06/11/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3215 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide Medicaid assistance to individuals and families affected by a disaster or emergency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Shalala, Donna E. [D-FL-27] (Introduced 06/11/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/11/2019 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.1785 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to exclude authorized generic drugs from calculation of the average manufacturer price for purposes of the Medicaid drug rebate program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 06/11/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 06/11/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1773 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to make improvements to the treatment of the United States territories under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 06/11/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 06/11/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.3213 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the treatment of certain retirement plan contributions picked up by governmental employers.
Sponsor: Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] (Introduced 06/11/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1774 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an energy equivalent of a gallon of diesel in the case of liquefied natural gas for purposes of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund financing rate.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 06/11/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 06/11/2019 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.

     

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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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