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 one rule under suspension of the rules then will move to consider H.R. 2083 – Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act and begin consideration of H.R. 6157 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Cooperate with Law Enforcement Agencies and Watch Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5783, amended, to provide a safe harbor for financial institutions that maintain a customer account at the request of a Federal or State law enforcement agency, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 379 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 290;
    • The Credit Access and Inclusion Act:
      • H.R. 435, amended, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify Federal law with respect to reporting certain positive consumer credit information to consumer reporting agencies;
    • Fight Illicit Networks and Detect Trafficking Act:
      • H.R. 6069, amended, to require the Comptroller General of the United States to carry out a study on how virtual currencies and online marketplaces are used to buy, sell, or facilitate the financing of goods or services associated with sex trafficking or drug trafficking;
    • Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act:
      • H.R. 221, amended, to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998;
    • Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act:
      • H.R. 5751, amended, to redesignate Golden Spike National Historic Site and to establish the Transcontinental Railroad Network;
    • Tulare Youth Recreation and Women's History Enhancement Act:
      • H.R. 805, to authorize the conveyance of and remove the reversionary interest of the United States in certain lands in the City of Tulare, California;
    • California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act:
      • H.R. 857, amended, to provide for conservation and enhanced recreation activities in the California Desert Conservation Area;
    • Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability Act:
      • H.R. 3392, amended, to provide for stability of title to certain land in the State of Louisiana;
    • Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Act:
      • H.R. 1791, amended, to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington;
    • Advancing Conservation and Education Act:
      • H.R. 4257, amended, to maximize land management efficiencies, promote land conservation, and generate education funding;
    • Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act:
      • H.R. 299, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 289;
    • Making technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes:
      • H.R. 4528, to make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes;
    • Enhancing Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative Act:
      • H.R. 5094, amended, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to improve suspicious activity reporting to prevent acts of terrorism;
    • Surface Transportation Security and Technology Accountability Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5081, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish within the Transportation Security Administration the Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee;
    • Transportation Security Technology Innovation Reform Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5730, amended, to require testing and evaluation of advanced transportation security screening technologies related to the mission of the Transportation Security Administration;
    • Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5766, to improve the security of public areas of transportation facilities;
    • Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5733, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for the responsibility of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to maintain capabilities to identify threats to industrial control systems;
    • Office of Biometric Identity Management Authorization Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5206, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office of Biometric Identity Management; and
    • Immigration Advisory Program Authorization Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5207, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the immigration advisory program.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, 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: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Postponed Suspension Vote:
    • 1) H.R. 4294 – Prevention of Private Information Dissemination Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Kustoff / Financial Services Committee)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 5841 – Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger / Foreign Affairs Committee / Financial Services Committee)
    • H.R. 2083 – Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler / Natural Resources Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Kilmer / Heck Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jared Huffman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Juan Vargas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 6157 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger / Appropriations Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments. Further amendments will be considered pursuant to an additional Rule later this week.
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Lowenthal / Welch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Gallagher / Murphy Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Napolitano / McKinley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. McGovern / Emmer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Allen / Raskin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. McSally / Hartzler / Austin Scott Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Darren Soto Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Langevin / Gallagher Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Dan Lipinski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Larson / Lipinski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Duffy / DeLauro Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Darren Soto Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Lamborn / Norcross / Biggs / O’Halleran Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Hastings / McGovern / Costello / King (NY) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. McKinley / Eshoo / King (NY) / Katko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jackie Speier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Huffman / Buck / Norman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ted Poe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Polis / Lee / Grothman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Khanna / Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Brown / Ruppersberger Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:
      • By 86 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 139), Senate passed H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, as amended.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Agriculture and Nutrition Act--Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 89 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 140), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • Blew Nomination--Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of James Blew, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education; that there then be five hours of debate, equally divided; and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
    • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
      • Frank T. Brogan, of Pennsylvania, to be Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, June 26.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to H.R.2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act, post cloture. Time during the adjournment, recess, and morning business count post cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance
Prescription Drug Affordability/Innovation

House Appropriations
Labor-HHS-Education Full Committee Markup

Senate Banking
Increasing Capital Access

House Financial Services
Lead-Based Paint and Mold Remediation in Public Housing

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Nomination Hearing

House Veterans Affairs
VA Electronic Health Record Modernization

House Science, Space & Technology
Artificial Intelligence

Senate Appropriations
Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Markup

National Pharmaceutical Council
Barriers to Paying for Value

House Energy and Commerce
Oil and Gas Geopolitics

House Financial Services
International and Domestic Implications of De-Risking

House Veterans Affairs
Hiring and Retaining Veterans

Senate HELP
Markup of Health Care Legislation

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.3128 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 06/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 06/25/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.3120 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
An original bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to help end addictions and lessen substance abuse disorders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 06/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 06/25/2018 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 484.

 

Puerto Rico

H.R.6211 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To improve the collection and publication of statistics relating to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 06/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and the Workforce, Agriculture, Judiciary, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/25/2018 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform, Education and the Workforce, Agriculture, the Judiciary, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by...

H.R.6209 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Fair Housing Act to provide that it is unlawful for any person engaging in a residential real estate-related transaction to discriminate against any person in making available such a transaction, or in the terms or conditions of such a transaction, because all or part of the person's income derives from a source located in Puerto Rico or any other territory of the United States, and for other purpose.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 06/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 06/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.6208 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to authorize additional funds to expand the nutritional assistance program in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and to require the Secretary of Agriculture to permit such assistance to be provided by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the form of cash during periods for which the Secretary determines that access to such assistance is limited or unavailable as a result of a natural disaster.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 06/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 06/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

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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