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 passed H.R. 582, “The Raise the Wage Act,” H.R 748, which would repeal the “Cadillac tax” on employer-provided health care coverage, and H.R. 3494, the “The  Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.” The House approved a resolution to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress, as well as resolutions blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The House failed to pass a resolution to impeach President Trump.

This Week in Congress

  • House – The House passed H.R. 582, “The Raise the Wage Act,” H.R 748, which would repeal the “Cadillac tax” on employer-provided health care coverage, and H.R. 3494, the “The  Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.” The House approved a resolution to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress, as well as resolutions blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The House failed to pass a resolution to impeach President Trump.

 

  • Senate – The Senate passed tax treaty protocols with Spain, Japan, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. The Senate also confirmed several judicial and ambassadorial nominations.

   

Next Week in Congress

  • House - Congress may vote on legislation to raise the budget caps and the debt limit, if an agreement can be reached. The House is expected to consider H.R. 397, “The Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, and H.R. 2203, “The Homeland Security Improvement Act.”

 

  • Senate - The Senate is expected to consider the nominations of Mark Esper to be Secretary of Defense and Stephen Dickson to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. The Senate may also take up H.R. 1327, which would extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through Fiscal Year 2090.

 

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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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