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 26 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5515, NDAA.

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. 449 – Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 3331 – To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4284 – INFO Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4684 – Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Judy Chu / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 5002 – ACE Research Act (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 5009 – Jessie’s Law, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 5041 – Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 5102 – Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 5176 – Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 5228 – SCREEN Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 5261 – TEACH to Combat Addiction Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 5272 – To ensure that programs and activities that are funded by a grant, cooperative agreement, loan, or loan guarantee from the Department of Health and Human Services, and whose purpose is to prevent or treat a mental health or substance use disorder, are evidence-based, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 13) H.R. 5327 – Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 5329 – Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 15) H.R. 5353 – Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Leonard Lance / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 16) H.R. 5473 – Better Pain Management Through Better Data Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 17) H.R. 5483 – Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 18) H.R. 5582 – Abuse Deterrent Access Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 19) H.R. 5583 – To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require States to annually report on certain adult health quality measures, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Yvette Clarke / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 20) H.R. 5587 – Peer Support Communities of Recovery Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Luján / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 21) H.R. 5685 – Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. John Faso / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 22) H.R. 5800 – Medicaid IMD ADDITIONAL INFO Act (Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 23) H.R. 5812 – CONNECTIONS Act (Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 24) S. 916 – Ensuring Patient Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatments Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 25) H.R. 4275 – Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 26) H.R. 5197 – ALTO Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • National Defense Authorization Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • Pending:
        • Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282, in the nature of a substitute.
        • McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment No. 2700 (to Amendment No. 2282), to require congressional review of certain regulations issued by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
        • Reed/Warren Amendment No. 2756 (to Amendment No. 2700), to require the authorization of appropriation of amounts for the development of new or modified nuclear weapons.
        • Lee Amendment No. 2366 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2282), to clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority does not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 91 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 120), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5515, NDAA.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
Maternal & Child Health: Tackling Disparities, Improving Outcomes

Senate Banking
Federal Reserve Nomination Vote/OCC Hearing

Senate HELP
President Trump’s Drug Pricing Plan

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Senate Finance
Nomination Hearing

Senate Finance
Markup of the HEAL Substance Use Disorders Act

Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup of the FY2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, & Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Defense

S.3043 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require USTRANSCOM assessments of transportation infrastructure.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 06/11/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Armed Services
Latest Action: Senate - 06/11/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

 

Financial Services

S.3040 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify Federal law with respect to reporting certain positive consumer credit information to consumer reporting agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 06/11/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 06/11/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.3048 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to evaluate and report on the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 06/11/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 06/11/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3047 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish a narcotic drug screening technology pilot program to combat illicit opioid importation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO] (Introduced 06/11/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 06/11/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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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