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 H.R. 3 – Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act and begin consideration of H.R. 5895 – Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019. The Senate will consider Kenneth L. Marcus, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 918 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 and of the bill H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018 and of the bill H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019
      • – PASSED 224 – 176, ROLL CALL 234
        • Republican YEA – 224; NAY – 0
        • Democrat YEA – 0; NAY – 176
    • Adoption of H. Res. 918 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 and of the bill H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018 and of the bill H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019
      • – PASSED 223 – 175, ROLL CALL 235
        • Republican YEA – 220; NAY – 3
        • Democrat YEA – 3; NAY – 172
    • Amendments to H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018:
      • Shuster (R-PA) – Manager’s Amendment No. 1 - – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 2 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Gibbs (R-OH) – Amendment No. 3  – WITHDRAWN
      • Royce (R-CA), Hunter (R-CA), Mast (R-FL) – Amendment No. 4 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Royce (R-CA) [on behalf of Keating (D-MA)] – Amendment No. 5 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Shuster (R-PA) [on behalf of Posey (R-FL), Mast (R-FL), Hastings, Alcee (D-FL), Wilson (D-FL)] – Amendment No. 6 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Denham (R-CA), Costa (D-CA) – Amendment No. 7 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Esty (D-CT), Babin (R-TX), Blumenauer (D-OR), Bonamici (D-OR), Sinema (D-AZ) – Amendment No. 8 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 9 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) – Amendment No. 10 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 11 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 12 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Sanford (R-SC), Delaney (D-MD), Duncan (R-SC) – Amendment No. 13 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Nolan (D-MN), Joyce (R-OH), Huizenga (R-MI), Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Mitchell (R-MI), Bergman (R-MI), Kildee (D-MI), Kennedy (D-MA) – Amendment No. 14 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Moore, Gwen (D-WI) – Amendment No. 15 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Meadows (R-NC) – Amendment No. 16 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Mast (R-FL) – Amendment No. 17 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Pearce (R-NM) – Amendment No. 18 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Kelly (R-PA), Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) – Amendment No. 19 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Schrader (D-OR) – Amendment No. 20 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 21 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Higgins, Clay (R-LA) – Amendment No. 22 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Babin (R-TX) – Amendment No. 23 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Bost (R-IL) – Amendment No. 24 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Heck, Denny (D-WA) – Amendment No. 25 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • González-Colón (R-PR) – Amendment No. 26 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Gibbs (R-OH) – Amendment No. 27 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Frankel (D-FL), Curbelo (R-FL), Mast (R-FL), Wilson (D-FL) –NOT OFFERED
      • Davis, Rodney (R-IL), Lipinski (D-IL), Mitchell (R-MI), Dingell (D-MI), Lawrence (D-MI), Kildee (D-MI) – Amemdment No. 29 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • González-Colón (R-PR) – Amendment No. 30 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Lance (R-NJ), Gottheimer (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 31 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Lujan (D-NM), Lujan Grisham (D-NM) – Amendment No. 32 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Larsen, Rick (D-WA) – Amendment No. 33 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Keating (D-MA) – Amendment No. 34 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Joyce (R-OH), Huizenga (R-MI), Kildee (D-MI), Foster (D-IL) – Amendment No. 35 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Bishop, Sanford (D-GA) – Amendment No. 36 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Blum (R-IA) - Amendment No. 37 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Keating (D-MA) – Amendment No. 38 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – Amendment No. 39 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 40 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Shea-Porter (D-NH) – Amendment No. 41 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Lewis, Jason (R-MN) – Amendment No. 42 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Olson (R-TX), Weber (R-TX), González-Colón (R-PR), Green, Al (D-TX), Brady, Kevin (R-TX), Gonzalez, Vicente (D-TX), Poe (R-TX), Duncan (R-SC), Vela (D-TX), Plaskett, (D-VI), Gohmert (R-TX), Wilson (D-FL) – Amendment No. 43 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • McCaul (R-TX), Green, Al (D-TX), Brady, Kevin (R-TX), Culberson (R-TX), Olson (R-TX), Weber (R-TX), Poe (R-TX) – Amendment No. 44 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Weber (R-TX) – Amendment No. 45 - WITHDRAWN
      • Meeks (D-NY) – Amendment No. 46 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Schrader (D-OR) – Amendment No. 47 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Smith, Jason (R-MO) – Amendment No. 48 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Young, Don (R-AK) – Amendment No. 49 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Costa (D-CA), Denham (R-CA) – Amendment No. 50 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Soto (D-FL) – Amendment No. 51 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Paulsen (R-MN), Ellison (D-MN) – Amendment No. 52 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Moulton (D-MA) - Amendment No. 53 - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Motion to Recommit on H.R. 8
      • – REJECTED 180 – 227, ROLL CALL 237
        • Republican YEA – 1; NAY – 227
        • Democrat YEA – 179; NAY – 0
    • Passage of H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018
      • – PASSED 408 – 2, ROLL CALL 238
        • Republican YEA – 227; NAY – 2
        • Democrat YEA – 181; NAY – 0
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017
      • – PASSED 394 – 13 – 2, ROLL CALL 239
        • Republican YEA – 216; NAY – 13
        • Democrat YEA – 178; NAY – 0

Today

  • On Thursday, 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: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 3 – Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Appropriations Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 5895 – Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson / Appropriations Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • A list of the 78 amendments made in order can be found HERE and HERE.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #625, Annemarie Carney Axon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama; Confirmed: 83-11
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed H.R.88, Shiloh National Military Park
    • Passed Cal.172, H.R.1719, John Muir
    • Passed Cal.415, S.1692, Emergency Medical Services Commemorative
    • Passed Cal.432, H.R.1900, Veterans Memorial Museum
    • Passed Cal.433. S.2857, National Nordic Museum
    • Passed Cal.434, H.R.1397, GW Parkway Transfer
    • Adopted S.Res.536, Legal Counsel

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, June 7.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #603, Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education, with the time until 12:30pm equally divided.
  • At 12:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With consent, we could see the cloture vote at 1:45pm tomorrow. If no agreement can be reached, the cloture vote would be one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday.
  • 12:30pm—1 roll call vote
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #603, Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Judiciary
Markup of S. 2837 – Preventing Drug Diversion Act

Senate Appropriations
T-HUD/MilCon-VA Appropriations Full Committee Markup

House Financial Services
Markup

House Ways and Means
Social Security’s Solvency Challenges

House Foreign Affairs
Advancing U.S. Business Investment and Trade in the Americas

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.3011 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to ban the exportation of crude oil or refined petroleum products derived from Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 06/06/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 06/06/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Financial Services

H.R.6021 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to exclude privately held, non-custody brokers and dealers that are in good standing from certain requirements under title I of that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] (Introduced 06/06/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/06/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6019 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a penalty for the Department of Housing and Urban Development for failure to enforce compliance with the public housing community service and self-sufficiency requirement under law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 06/06/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Appropriations
Latest Action: House - 06/06/2018 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Appropriations, 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...

S.3004 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to exclude privately held, non-custody brokers and dealers that are in good standing from certain requirements under title I of that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 06/06/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 06/06/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.3016 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Intaroduced 06/06/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 06/06/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3008 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill 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: Sen. Young, Todd C. [R-IN] (Introduced 06/06/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 06/06/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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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