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 complete consideration of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018. The Senate will resume consideration of Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H.R. 879 - The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 3053 - Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018
      • – PASSED 223 – 189, ROLL CALL 173
    • Adoption of H.R. 879 - The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 3053 - Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018
      • – PASSED 224 – 184 – 1, ROLL CALL 174
    • Goodlatte (R-VA) - Amendment No. 1 - Manager’s Amendment Makes a series of technical and clarifying changes suggested by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
      • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2152 - Citizens’ Right to Know Act of 2017
      • – PASSED 221 – 197, ROLL CALL 175
    • Democrat Motion to Recommit on H.R. 5645
      • – REJECTED 193 – 220, ROLL CALL 176
    • H.R. 5645 - Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018
      • – PASSED 230 – 185, ROLL CALL 177

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • H.R. 3053 – Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Shimkus / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Bill Keating Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Schneider / Lowey Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Dina Titus Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be Judge for the 5th Circuit; Confirmed: 62-34
    • 2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #690, Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit; Invoked: 49-47
  • Executive Business
    • COAST GUARD
      • Confirmed Cal. #828 - Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz to be Admiral

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #690, Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit. At 12:00 noon there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Brennan nomination followed by a cloture vote on the Carson nomination. At 1:45pm, there will be a cloture vote on the Carson nomination. If cloture is invoked on both nominations, the time will run concurrently.
  • 12:00 noon—2 roll call votes
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #690, Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit
    • 2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #729, Joel Carson III, of New Mexico, to be Judge for the 10th Circuit
  • 1:45pm—1 roll call vote
    • 1.  Cloture on Executive Calendar #777, John Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be Judge for the 6th Circuit
  • Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #673, Kurt Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be Judge for the 5th Circuit (confirmed)
    • 2. Executive Calendar #690, Michael Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit (cloture invoked, confirmation Thursday)
    • 3. Executive Calendar #729, Joel Carson III, of New Mexico, to be Judge for the 10th Circuit (cloture Thursday)
    • 4. Executive Calendar #777, John Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be Judge for the 6th Circuit (cloture Thursday)
    • 5. Executive Calendar #780, Michael Scudder, of Illinois, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit
    • 6. Executive Calendar #781, Amy St. Eve, of Illinois, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Politico
Health Care Innovators: A Turning Point in Health Information Technology (IT)?

Washington Post
Energy 2020 – FERC

Senate Appropriations
Interior Funding Request/Budget Justification

Senate Appropriations
HHS Funding Request/Budget Justification

FACI
Open Meeting

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.5739 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish within the Department of Health and Human Services the Prescription Drug and Medical Device Price Review Board to regulate the prices of certain prescription drugs and medical devices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of...

H.R.5736 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a pilot program to help individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder transition from treatment to independent living and the workforce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within...

H.R.5734 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for interest-free deferment on student loans for borrowers serving in a medical or dental internship or residency program.
Sponsor: Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5725 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress a report on the extent to which Medicare Advantage plans offered under part C of the Medicare program include supplemental health care benefits designed to treat or prevent substance use disorders.
Sponsor: Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 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.5723 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to report on opioid payment, adverse incentives, and data under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 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.5722 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit to Congress a report containing recommendation on how to improve the use of non-opioid treatments for acute and chronic pain management for individuals entitled to benefits under part A or enrolled under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 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.5719 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to revise certain measures used under the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey relating to pain management.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5718 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide for a technical expert panel to provide recommendations on reducing opioid use in the surgical setting and on best practices for pain management, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 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.5716 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide notifications under the Medicare program to outlier prescribers of opioids.
Sponsor: Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 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.5715 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for certain program integrity transparency measures under Medicare parts C and D.
Sponsor: Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 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.5714 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require Medicare Advantage plans offered under part C of the Medicare program and prescription drug plans offered under part D of such program to provide information relating to the safe disposal of prescription drugs that are controlled substances to certain individuals enrolled under such plans.
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 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...

 

Tax

H.R.5732 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from nuclear energy.
Sponsor: Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18] (Introduced 05/09/2018) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/09/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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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