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 eight bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the Carson nomination.

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) H.R. 613 – Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Judiciary Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4854 – Justice Served Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. John Carter / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.Res. 285 – Expressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives that Congress and the President should empower the creation of police and community alliances designed to enhance and improve communication and collaboration between members of the law enforcement community and the public they serve (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Taylor / Judiciary Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 5242 – School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Clay Higgins / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 4895 – Medgar Evers National Monument Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 6) S. 35 – Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Thune / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 7) S. 1285 – Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 1417 – National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Appointments:
    • United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, upon the recommendation of the Majority Leader, pursuant to Public Law 105–292, as amended by Public Law 106–55, Public Law 107–228, and Public Law 112–75, appointed the following individual to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: Anthony (Tony) R. Perkins of Louisiana.
  • Carson Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Joel M. Carson III, of New Mexico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, under the order of Thursday, May 10, 2018.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By a unanimous vote of 90 yeas (Vote No. EX. 92), Michael Y. Scudder, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
    • By a unanimous vote of 91 yeas (Vote No. EX. 93), Amy J. St. Eve, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
    • Michael K. Atkinson, of Maryland, to be Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Carson nomination. At 12:00 noon, there will be 2 roll call votes on confirmation of the Carson and Nalbandian nominations.
  • Following disposition of the Nalbandian nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly conference meetings.
  • At 12:00 noon– 2 roll call votes
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #729, Joel Carson III, of New Mexico, to be Judge for the 10th Circuit
    • 2) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #777, John Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be Judge for the 6th Circuit

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate HELP
Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program

Senate Banking
Nomination Hearing/Vote

Senate Commerce
Trends in Mobile Technology

Senate Homeland Security
Authorities and Resources Needed to Protect and Secure the U.S.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Defense

S.2836 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to assist the Department of Homeland Security in preventing emerging threats from unmanned aircraft and vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] (Introduced 05/14/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 05/14/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

Health

S.2837 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to improve the systems for identifying the diversion of controlled substances.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 05/14/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 05/14/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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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