PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • April 19, 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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  • February 5, 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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House


Yesterday:
  • The House approved several minor bills under suspension of the rules.


Today:

  • The House will complete consideration of the "Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011" (H.R. 2838).

 

Senate


Yesterday:
  • The Senate began consideration of the "Energy and Water Appropriations Act" (H.R. 2354), which is the expected legislative vehicle for a mini-bus appropriations bill that includes: Energy and Water; Financial Services; and State and Foreign Operations.


Today:

  • The Senate will continue consideration of the "Energy and Water Appropriations Act" (H.R. 2354).

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

House Oversight and Government Reform
"How Roadblocks in Public Markets Prevent Job Creation on Main Street"
9:30 a.m.
2203 Rayburn

House Judiciary Committee
"Cybersecurity: Protecting America's New Frontier"
10:00 a.m.
2141 Rayburn

House Homeland Security Committee
"DHS and DoD Border Security Technology"
10:00 a.m.
311 Cannon

Senate Budget Committee
"Economic Effects of Fiscal Policy Choices"
10:00 a.m.
608 Dirksen

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
"FHA Oversight and GSE Executive Compensation"
10:00 a.m.
538 Dirksen

House Financial Services Committee
"Markup of GSE Compensation Legislation"
10:00 a.m.
2128 Rayburn

House Ways and Means Committee
"Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit"
10:00 a.m.
1100 Longworth

House Foreign Affairs Committee
"Feeding the Dragon: Reevaluating U.S. Development Assistance to China"
11:30 a.m.
2172 Rayburn

House Financial Services Committee
"Markup of Swaps Amendments and SEC Cost-Benefit Legislation"
12:00 p.m.
2128 Rayburn

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
"Medical Devices: Protecting Patients and Promoting Innovation"
2:30 p.m.
430 Dirksen

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
"Financial Security Issues Facing Older Americans"
3:00 p.m.
538 Dirksen

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

Consumer Protection

H.R.3406 : Discount Pricing Consumer Protection Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Energy

S.1845 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an energy investment credit for energy storage property connected to the grid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1858 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an investment credit for equipment used to fabricate solar energy property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.3407 : Alaskan Energy for American Jobs Act
Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Doc [WA-4] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.3408 : PIONEERS Act
Sponsor: Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.3409 : Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.3410 : Energy Security and Transportation Jobs Act
Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

H.R.3416 : To amend title 31, United States Code, to ensure that persons who form corporations or limited liability companies in the United States disclose the beneficial owners of those corporations or limited liability companies, in order to prevent wrongdoers from exploiting United States corporations and limited liability companies for criminal gain, to assist law enforcement in detecting, preventing, and punishing terrorism, money laundering, and other misconduct involving United States corporations and limited liability companies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.3399 : Medicare and Medicaid FAST Act
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, 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 concerned.

S.1840 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to expand and intensify programs of the National Institutes of Health with respect to translational research and related activities concerning Down syndrome, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1841 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to expand and intensify programs of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with respect to translational research and related activities concerning Down syndrome, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1849 : A bill to require a five-year strategic plan for the Office of Rural Health of the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs for improving access to, and the quality of, health care services for veterans in rural areas.
Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1854 : A bill to enhance medical surge capacity.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1855 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize various programs under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.3418 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health of children and reduce the occurrence of sudden unexpected infant death and to enhance public health activities related to stillbirth.
Sponsor: Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Homeland Security

H.R.3401 : Enhanced Border Security Act
Sponsor: Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Homeland Security; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security, and the Judiciary, 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 concerned.

Immigration

S.1856 : A bill to prohibit Federal funding for lawsuits seeking to invalidate specific State laws that support the enforcement of Federal immigration laws.
Sponsor: Sen DeMint, Jim [SC] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1857 : A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Job Creation

H.R.3400 : To spur economic growth and create jobs.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Natural Resources; House Small Business; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, Natural Resources, Small Business, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rules, 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 concerned.

Labor

S.1843 : A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to provide for appropriate designation of collective bargaining units.
Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (28)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Postal Services

S.1853 : A bill to recalculate and restore retirement annuity obligations of the United States Postal Service, eliminate the requirement that the United States Postal Service pre-fund the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, place restrictions on the closure of postal facilities, create incentives for innovation for the United States Postal Service, to maintain levels of postal service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Tax

H.R.3400 : To spur economic growth and create jobs.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Natural Resources; House Small Business; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, Natural Resources, Small Business, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rules, 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 concerned.

S.1854 : A bill to enhance medical surge capacity.
Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1858 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an investment credit for equipment used to fabricate solar energy property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.3420 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to facilitate program-related investments by private foundations.
Sponsor: Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

H.R.3417 : To amend the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to modify requirements relating to an addition to Corridor O in Pennsylvania on the Appalachian development highway system.
Sponsor: Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] (introduced 11/14/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • April 19, 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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  • February 5, 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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