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 is expected to consider six bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.140, the Tribal labor bill.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act:
    • The House passed H.R. 4790, to amend the Volcker rule to give the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System sole rulemaking authority, to exclude community banks from the requirements of the Volcker rule, by a yea-and-nay vote of 300 yeas to 104 nays, Roll No. 139.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–67 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
  • H. Res. 811, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4790) was agreed to Wednesday, April 11th.

 

Today

  • The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. for legislative business and is expected to consider measures under suspension of the rules. Roll call votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • The House is expected to consider the following bills under suspension of the rules:
    • HR 3607 — A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System, and for other purposes.
    • HR 4609 — West Fork Fire Station Act
    • HR 3961 — Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Study Act
    • HR 146 — Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act
    • HR 443 — James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act
    • S 167 — National Memorial to Fallen Educators Act

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, April 16, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.140, the Tribal labor bill. At 5:30pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.140, Tribal Labor.
  • 5:30pm--1 roll call vote:
    • 1. Cloture on motion to concur in the House amendment to S.140, a bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund (the tribal labor bill).

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.5518 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a preference, in the allocation of donated organs, for individuals who are lawfully present in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] (Introduced 04/13/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5511 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to require that the recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force on the effectiveness, appropriateness, and cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services be based on data for the respective populations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2] (Introduced 04/13/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5507 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the 96-hour physician certification requirement for inpatient critical access hospital services.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] (Introduced 04/13/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/13/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5506 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for direct payment to physician assistants under the Medicare program for certain services furnished by such physician assistants.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] (Introduced 04/13/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/13/2018 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...

 

Transportation

H.R.4 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9] (Introduced 04/13/2018) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services, Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 04/13/2018 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case...

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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