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 hold a quorum call to establish a quorum in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 115th Congress. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • The House was not in session

 

Today

  • On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Quorum Call – Establishing a quorum in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 115th Congress

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, January 8, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #370, William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Campbell nomination.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #370, William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee;
    2. Executive Calendar #371, Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennesse to be US District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee;
    3. Executive Calendar #389, Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; and
    4. Executive Calendar #435, Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
  • Each nomination is subject to a cloture vote and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Upon disposition of the first nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination in the series and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of debate.
  • Monday, January 8 at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #370, William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

S.2278 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 01/04/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 01/04/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

S.2281 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the individual tax rates in effect for taxable years 2018 through 2025.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 01/04/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 01/04/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

S.2279 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Bridge Investment Act
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 01/04/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 01/04/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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...

    Read More
  • 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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