PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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The House will consider H.R. 1153 – Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 then will consider four bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on H.R.695, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act:
      • H.R. 4924, to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures provided under such Act for the initiation, investigation, and resolution of claims alleging that employing offices of the legislative branch have violated the rights and protections provided to their employees under such Act, including protections against sexual harassment; and
      • Requiring each employing office of the House of Representatives to adopt an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy for the office's workplace, and establishing the Office of Employee Advocacy to provide legal assistance and consultation to employees of the House regarding procedures and proceedings under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995:
        • H. Res. 724, requiring each employing office of the House of Representatives to adopt an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy for the office's workplace, and establishing the Office of Employee Advocacy to provide legal assistance and consultation to employees of the House regarding procedures and proceedings under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.
    • Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017:
      • The House passed H.R. 772, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve and clarify certain disclosure requirements for restaurants and similar retail food establishments, and to amend the authority to bring proceedings under section 403A, by a yea-and-nay vote of 266 yeas to 157 nays with one answering ``present'', Roll No. 56.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 725, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 772), (H.R. 1153), and (H.R. 4771) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 55, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 54.
    • Honoring Hometown Heroes Act:
      • The House agreed to the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1892, to amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty, with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–58, modified by the amendment printed in H. Rept. 115–547, by a yea-and-nay vote of 245 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 60.
    • H. Res. 727, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1892) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 59, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 58.
    • Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Monday, February 5th.
      • Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act:
        • H.R. 219, to correct the Swan Lake hydroelectric project survey boundary and to provide for the conveyance of the remaining tract of land within the corrected survey boundary to the State of Alaska.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: TBD
  • H.R. 1153 – Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga / Financial Services Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 2371 – Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 2) S. 1438 – Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1997 – Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brendan Boyle / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3851 – War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Minority Party's Committee Membership: Senate agreed to S. Res. 393, making minority party appointments for the 115th Congress.
    • National Mentoring Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 394, recognizing January 2018 as National Mentoring Month.
  • House Messages:
    • Department of Defense Appropriations Act--Agreement:
      • Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 695, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a voluntary national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, and taking action of the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        • Pending:
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
          • McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on the Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1922, to change the enactment date.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 1923 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1922), of a perfecting nature.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 1924 (to Amendment No. 1923), of a perfecting nature.
  • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill at approximately 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

 

Today

  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on H.R.695, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018. The filing deadline for first degree amendments to the message is 1:00pm on Wednesday, February 7th. If cloture is invoked, amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture. If no agreement is reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.
  • We expect to receive a message from the House on the House Defense/CR bill (HR 1892) on Wednesday, and we expect it to be the vehicle used for any CR/caps deal.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Special Aging
Cost and Competition Among Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapies

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Homeland Security Department Reauthorization

Crnic Institute Human Trisome Project
Down Syndrome Research Discovery Engine

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.4943 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title 18, United States Code, to improve law enforcement access to data stored across borders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] (Introduced 02/06/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House - Judiciary, Rules
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2018 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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.2383 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to improve law enforcement access to data stored across borders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 02/06/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 02/06/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Health

H.R.4955 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide certain protections from civil liability with respect to the emergency administration of opioid overdose drugs.
Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1] (Introduced 02/06/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.4952 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit a report on the effects of the inclusion of quality increases in the determination of blended benchmark amounts under part C of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] (Introduced 02/06/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2018 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...

H.R.4938 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To address the opioid epidemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 02/06/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Budget
Latest Action: House - 02/06/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such...

 

Tax

S.2378 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exclusion from gross income for interest on certain small business loans.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 02/06/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 02/06/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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