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 H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas; confirmed: 54-36.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #231, Jeffrey Vincent Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; confirmed: 50-40.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #232, Brantley Starr, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern Distict of Texas; confirmed: 51-39.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #345, Jason K. Pulliam, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas; confirmed: 54-36.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #350, Martha Maria Pacold, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; confirmed: 87-3.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; confirmed: 56-34.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations; confirmed: 56-34.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed H.R.639: to amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees.
    • Passed H.R. 3245: Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act.
    • Passed S.2052: to authorize the honorary promotion of Colonel Charles E. McGee to brigadier general in the United States Air Force, w/ Van Hollen amendment.
    • Agreed to H.Con.Res.53: authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for an event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves to the territory that would become the United States.
    • Adopted S.Res.263: honoring the 100th anniversary of The American Legion.
    • Adopted S.Res.294: designating August 16, 2019, as “National Airborne Day”.
    • By voice vote, adopted S.Res.295: designating the month of September 2019 as “Campus Fire Safety Month”.
    • Adopted S.Res.285: designating September 2019 as “School Bus Safety Month”.
    • By voice vote, adopted S.Res.300: supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week.
    • Adopted S.Res.301: honoring the 50th anniversary of the return of the Indiana Rangers.
    • Adopted S.Res.302: designating September as “National Child Awareness Month”.
    • By voice vote, adopted S.Con.Res.24: recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture.
    • Passed Calendar #127, H.R.1079: to require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on electronic consent forms, and for other purposes.
    • By voice vote, passed H.R.776: to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.
  • Executive Business
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:
    1. Executive Calendar #48, Karin J. Immergut, of Oregon, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Oregon.
    2. Executive Calendar #55, John Milton Younge, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
    3. Executive Calendar #351, Mary M. Rowland, of Illinois, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
    2. Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    3. Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    4. Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island;
    5. Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
  • These votes are not expected until after the August state work period.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, August 1, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. There will be up to 2 hours of debate, equally divided between the Leaders or their designees, followed by votes in relation to the following:
    1. Paul amendment #932 (re: Cut, Cap, and Balance budget) [60-vote threshold for adoption];
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877;
    3. Motion to waive the budget act (if a point of order is raised);
    4. Passage of H.R.3877, as amended, if amended.
  • Roll call votes are expected to begin at approximately 11:00am.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cannabis

S.2400 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to promote cannabis research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Financial Services

S.2391 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to impose requirements relating to the purchase of certain equity securities by issuers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2386 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to impose sanctions with respect to surveillance in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2357 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish a national goal and mechanism to achieve a trade-balancing exchange rate for the United States dollar, to impose market access charge on certain purchases of United States assets, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.2379 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to clarify the authority of State Medicaid fraud and abuse control units to investigate and prosecute cases of Medicaid patient abuse and neglect in any setting, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2377 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to apply the Medicaid asset verification program to all applicants for, and recipients of, medical assistance in all States and territories, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2373 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve obstetric care in rural areas.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

S.2370 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand personal saving and retirement savings coverage by enabling employees not covered by qualifying retirement plans to save for retirement through automatic IRA arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2366 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to streamline the employer reporting process and strengthen the eligibility verification process for the premium assistance tax credit and cost-sharing subsidy.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

S.2403 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to provide loans for the acquisition of electric buses and related infrastructure.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2402 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to enhance the safety of Class 3 flammable liquid transportation by rail, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 07/31/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 07/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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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