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 Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Shall S.J.Res.36 pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? [Veto Override]; not passed : 45-40.
    2. Shall S.J.Res.37 pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? [Veto Override];  not passed: 45-39.
    3. Shall S.J.Res.38 pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? [Veto Override]; not passed: 46-41.
    4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona; not invoked: 51-37.
    5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #120, Peter D. Welte, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota; not invoked: 66-21.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.290: celebrating 50 years of environmental progress in the Cuyahoga River Valley and Lake Erie.
    • Passed H.R.2695: to rename the Success Dam in Tulare County, California, as the Richard L. Schafer Dam.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, post-cloture.
  • At 11:30am, all post-cloture time on the Liburdi (AZ) and Welte (ND) nominations will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations. Upon disposition of the Welte nomination, cloture will ripen on the Hendrix (TX) nomination and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture.
  • Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • Tuesday at 11:30am – 3 roll call votes:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #120, Peter D. Welte, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota;
    3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #203, James Wesley Hendrix, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
  • Additional roll call votes are expected during Tuesday’s session.
  • Cloture has been filed on the following items:
    1. Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona [cloture invoked]
    2. Executive Calendar #120, Peter D. Welte, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota [cloture invoked];
    3. Executive Calendar #203, James Wesley Hendrix, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    4. Executive Calendar #204, Sean D. Jordan, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas;
    5. Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    6. Executive Calendar #231, Jeffrey Vincent Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas;
    7. Exeutive Calendar #232, Brantley Starr, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern Distict of Texas;
    8. Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
    9. Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    10. Executive Calendar #327, Steven D. Grimberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia;
    11. Executive Calendar #345, Jason K. Pulliam, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas;
    12. Executive Calendar #350, Martha Maria Pacold, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    13. Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    14. Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas;
    15. Executive Calendar #48, Karin J. Immergut, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon;
    16. Executive Calendar #55, John Milton Younge, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
    17. Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island;
    18. Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland;
    19. Executive Calendar #351, Mary M. Rowland, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
    20. Motion to proceed to Calendar #165, H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019
    21. Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations
    22. Executive Calendar #394, David L. Norquist, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate EPW
Surface Transportation Bill Markup

Senate Banking
Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain

Senate Finance
USMCA

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.2306 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow for the registration of venture exchanges, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 07/29/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 07/29/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.2304 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance efforts to address antibiotic resistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 07/29/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 07/29/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Transportation

S.2310 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a competitive grant program to repair, improve, rehabilitate, or replace bridges to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of people and freight over bridge crossings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 07/29/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 07/29/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.2302 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 07/29/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 07/29/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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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