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 Senate will resume consideration of Marvin Kaplan, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

House

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House has recessed until September 4.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Calendar #178 Christopher Wray, to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Confirmed: 92-5
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #172, Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit; Confirmed: 66-31
  • Legislative Business
    • Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.3219, Defense consolidated appropriations..
    • Adopted S.Res.237, Legal Counsel
    • Passed S.860, Juvenile Justice, with Grassley amendment
    • Passed Cal.95, S.190, PASS Act
    • Passed Cal.23, S.178, Elder Abuse, with Grassley amendment, by voice vote
    • Passed H.R.601, READ Act, with Rubio amendment, by voice vote
    • Concurred in House amendments on S.114, VA Choice, by voice vote
    • Passed H.R.339, Northern Mariana Islands, Murkowski-Cantwell amendment
    • Passed H.R.2210, Kusich VA Community Living Center
    • Passed S.582, Office of Special Counsel, with Johnson amendment
    • Passed S.717, POWER Act
    • H.R.2288, Veterans Appeals
    • Passed H.R.510, Rapid DNA
    • Adopted S.Res.213, Dallas
    • Adopted S.Res.214, Juneteenth
    • Adopted S.Res.215, Collector Car
    • Adopted S.Res.239, Penguins
    • Adopted S.Res.240, Gators Baseball
    • Adopted S.Res.241, Purple Heart
    • Adopted S.Res.231, Whistleblower Appreciation
    • Adopted S.Res.194, Elder Abuse
    • Adopted S.Res.203, PTSD Awareness
    • Adopted S.Res.221, National Lobster Day
    • Adopted S.Res.233, National Airborne Day
  • Executive Business
    • The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:
      • Executive Calendar #61 Elaine McCusker, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
      • Executive Calendar #63 Robert Daigle, Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
      • Executive Calendar #162 Robert Hood, Assistant Secretary of Defense
      • Executive Calendar #174 Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy
      • Executive Calendar #194 Ryan McCarthy, Under Secretary of the Army
      • Executive Calendar #246 Lucian Neimeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense
      • Executive Calendar #248 Matthew Donovan, Under Secretary of the Air Force
      • Executive Calendar #249 Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #175, Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. At 11:00am there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.
  • During Tuesday’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #174, H.R.2430, FDA User Fees.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Commerce
Executive Session

Senate Foreign Relations
Assessing the Colombia Peace Process: The Way Forward in U.S.-Colombia Relations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.1691 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to provide minimal cybersecurity operational standards for Internet-connected devices purchased by Federal agencies, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

Financial Services

S.1685 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish procedures for considering certain credit scores in making a determination whether to purchase a residential mortgage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.3635 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act in order to improve the process whereby medicare administrative contractors issue local coverage determinations under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.1689 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1688 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate fair prescription drug prices under part D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (32)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.3633 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to adjust the rate of income tax of a publicly traded corporation based on the ratio of compensation of the corporation's highest paid employee to the median compensation of all the corporation's employees.
Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 08/01/2017) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: 08/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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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.

     

    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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