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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  • 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 House will consider seven bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #287, S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

THE 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) S. 324 – State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch / Veterans Affairs Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4465 – Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. John Curtis / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 1800 – To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain Federal land to facilitate scientific research supporting Federal space and defense programs, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 3469 – To designate the bridge located in Blount County, Tennessee, on the Foothills Parkway (commonly known as Bridge 2) as the “Dean Stone Bridge” (Sponsored by Rep. John Duncan / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 4266 – Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 1350 – To modify the boundary of Voyageurs National Park in the State of Minnesota, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Rick Nolan / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) H.R. ____ – Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Crapo amendment #2151, as modified (substitute) to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act; Invoked: 66-30

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00pm
  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #287, S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Cloture was invoked on Crapo amendment #2151, as modified (substitute).
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. All time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and leader remarks will count post-cloture

 

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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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  • 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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