PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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 will consider twelve bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of David C. Nye, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 1492 – Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 702 – Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1988 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1730 18th Street in Bakersfield, California, as the Merle Haggard Post Office Building (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 954 – To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 1397 – To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1404 – Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Raúl Grijalva / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 1541 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 1719 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 1913 – Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 2156 – Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 597 – Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Natural Resources Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Appointments:
    • Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress: The Chair announced, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to Public Law 101–509, the appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress:
      • Carol A. Mandel of New York.
    • Nye Nomination--Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of David C. Nye, of Idaho, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. 157), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11, 2017; and that all time during morning business, recess, adjournment, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 54 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 156), Neomi Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:15pm on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #116, David C. Nye, of Idaho, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho, post-cloture.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Bipartisan Policy Center
“Solutions to Long-Term Care Financing in Politically Challenging Times”

House Appropriations
Transportation-HUD Appropriations Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.3173 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create alternative sanctions for technical noncompliance with the Stark rule under Medicare, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24] (Introduced 07/10/2017) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/10/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

H.R.3172 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 to extend the Medicare Patient IVIG Access Demonstration Project.
Sponsor: Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 07/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/10/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

H.R.3171 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide that certain orthotist's and prosthetist's clinical notes under Medicare be treated as part of the patient's medical record.
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8] (Introduced 07/10/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: 07/10/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

 

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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.

     

    Read...

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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.

     

    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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