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  • 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. 4293 – Stress Test Improvement Act of 2017 and H.R. 4061 – Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017. The Senate will resume consideration of John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Surface Transportation Board Information Security Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 4921, amended, to require the Surface Board of Transportation to implement certain recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To require the Surface Transportation Board to implement certain recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation.''.
    • Federal Railroad Administration Safety Data Improvement Act:
      • H.R. 4925, to require the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration to implement certain recommendations for management and collection of railroad safety data;
    • Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia:
      • H. Res. 128, amended, supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia;
    • Combat Online Predators Act:
      • H.R. 4203, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, with regard to stalking, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 131; and
    • End Banking for Human Traffickers Act:
      • H.R. 2219, amended, to increase the role of the financial industry in combating human trafficking, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 130.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • H.R. 4293 – Stress Test Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Financial Services Committee)
  • H.R. 4061 – Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross / Financial Services Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Relative to the Death of Zell Bryan Miller:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 454, relative to the death of Zell Bryan Miller, the former Governor and Senator of the State of Georgia.
    • Relative to the Death of Daniel K. Akaka:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 455, relative to the death of the Honorable Daniel K. Akaka, Senator from the State of Hawaii.
    • Majority Party Committee Membership for the 115th Congress:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 456, to constitute the majority party's membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.
  • Military Retiree Appreciation Day:
    • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 377, recognizing the importance of paying tribute to those individuals who have faithfully served and retired from the Armed Forces of the United States, designating April 18, 2018, as ``Military Retiree Appreciation Day'', and encouraging the people of the United States to honor the past and continued service of military retirees to their local communities and the United States, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  • Ring Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 66), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, at 12:20 p.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 96 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. EX. 65), Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 under the provisions of S.Res. 455 and S.Res.454, as a further mark of respect to the late Senators Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Zell Miller of Georgia.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Post-cloture.
  • At 12:20pm, there will be 2 roll call votes. Those votes will be on confirmation of the ring nomination and cloture on the Pizzella nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation.
  • 12:20pm--2 roll call votes:
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board
    • 2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #605, Patrick Pizzella ,of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor
  • On March 23, cloture was filed on the following nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #539, Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be US District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky (confirmed)
    • 2. Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board (cloture invoked, confirmation vote at 12:20pm Wednesday)
    • 3. Executive Calendar #605, Patrick Pizzella ,of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor (cloture vote after Ring vote on Wednesday)
    • 4. Executive Calendar #666, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA
    • 5. Executive Calendar #540, John W. Broomes, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas
    • 6. Executive Calendar #541, Rebecca Grady Jennings, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District
  • If cloture is invoked on a nomination, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Then on to cloture on the next nomination with the same process.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Short-term, limited-duration insurance plans – Briefing

House Appropriations
Rail Safety and Infrastructure

Senate HELP
Opioid Response Bill

House Energy and Commerce
Facebook/Social Media Privacy

House Financial Services
CFPB Annual Report

House Oversight and Government Reform
Opioid Epidemic Local Responses and Resources

House Appropriations
National Institutes of Health

Senate Homeland Security
FEMA’s Culture of Preparedness

House Armed Services
Defense/Security Cyber Operations

Senate Appropriations
USDA

House Appropriations
Treasury International Programs

House Appropriations
NOAA

House Energy and Commerce
Puerto Rico’s Electric Infrastructure

House Energy and Commerce
Medicare/Medicaid Opioid Addiction Care

Senate Finance
Market Access Challenges in China

Senate Appropriations
Department of Transportation

Senate Judiciary
Fentanyl/Opioid Crisis

House Armed Services
Cyber Operations/U.S. Cyber Command Budget

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.5445 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve cybersecurity and taxpayer identity protection, and modernize the information technology of the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Energy

S.2643 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to clarify the effect of certain final rules and determinations of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 04/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Health

H.R.5459 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to modify the offenses relating to fentanyl, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within...

H.R.5457 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing maternity care quality measures and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives.
Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 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...

H.R.5456 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to health centers to expand access to evidence-based substance abuse treatment services.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5455 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prioritize funding for the National Institutes of Health to discover treatments and cures, to maintain global leadership in medical innovation, and to restore the purchasing power which the National Institutes of Health had after the historic doubling campaign that ended in fiscal year 2003.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Budget
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Budget.

H.R.5453 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act, in relation to requiring adrenoleukodystrophy screening of newborns.
Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2637 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing maternity care quality measures and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2636 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a community action opioid response grant program.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 04/10/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.5463 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for equity investments in research intensive small business concerns, to provide for the proper tax treatment of personal service income earned in pass-thru entities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5444 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2] (Introduced 04/10/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 04/10/2018 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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...

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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