PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

House

 

Friday

  • Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017:
    • The House passed H.R. 720, to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 158.
  • Rejected the Lofgren motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 157.
  • Rejected:
    • Soto amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to reinstate the FRCP 11(c)(2) safe harbor provision to allow parties to avoid penalties by withdrawing or correcting the claims within 14 days from when the alleged violation of rule 11(b) becomes known, anytime up until the end of the discovery period (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 153);
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to strike the provision mandating the award of reasonable attorney's fees and costs, restoring judicial discretion to award such fees and costs, when warranted (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 154);
    • Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt from the bill civil actions alleging any violation of a constitutional or civil right (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 155); and
    • Jeffries amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt actions pertaining to whistleblowers (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 156).
  • H. Res. 180, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 720) and (H.R. 985) was agreed to yesterday, March 9th.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, March 13, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #18, Seema Verma, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, post-cloture; all time on the nomination will expire at 5:30pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation.
  • Monday, March 13th at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Education

H.R.1510 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for the elimination of the Department of Education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

Health

H.R.1508 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the recruitment of physicians in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sponsor: Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

H.R.1505 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the maximum market pay of physicians and dentists in the Veterans Health Administration who work in health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. O'Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

 

Transportation

H.R.1501 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to apportionments to small transit intensive cities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 03/10/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: 03/10/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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.

     

    Read...

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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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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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