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 five bills under suspension of the rules then will move to consider the motion to go to Conference on H.R. 5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees; complete consideration of H.R. 6136 – Border Security and Immigration Reform Act; and complete consideration of H.R. 6157 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019. The Senate will vote to adopt the motion to proceed to H.R.2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Monday, June 25th.
    • Prevention of Private Information Dissemination Act:
      • H.R. 4294, amended, to amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to provide a criminal penalty for unauthorized disclosures of certain individually identifiable information by officers or employees of a Federal department or agency, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 293.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to provide a criminal penalty for unauthorized disclosures by officers or employees of a Federal agency of certain living will and stress test determinations.''.
    • Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act:
      • The House passed H.R. 2083, to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered Columbia River salmon and other nonlisted species, by a yea-and-nay vote of 288 yeas to 116 nays, Roll No. 294.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • ``To allow for the taking of pinnipeds on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species.''.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–79.
    • Agreed to:
      • Kilmer amendment (No. 1 printed in Part B of H. Rept. 115–783) that limits the application of this bill to only sea lions, rather than all pinnipeds; and
      • Vargas amendment (No. 3 printed in Part B of H. Rept. 115–783), as modified, that mandates that the Secretary of the Interior produce a report to Congress on the potential impact of the lethal taking of California Sea Lions on the recovery of Salmonid stocks.
      • H. Res. 961, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 6157) and (H.R. 2083) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 292, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 172 nays, Roll No. 291. Pursuant to Sec. 5 of H. Res. 961, House Resolution 952 is laid on the table.
    • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
      • Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018:
        • H.R. 5841, amended, to modernize and strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to more effectively guard against the risk to the national security of the United States posed by certain types of foreign investment, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 295.
      • Clerk to Correct Engrossment:
        • Agreed by unanimous consent that in the engrossment of H.R. 2083, the Clerk be authorized to make technical corrections and conforming changes to the bill including the changes placed at the desk.
      • Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019:
        • The House considered H.R. 6157, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, June 27th.
      • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–77 shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.
    • Agreed to:
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 1 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that allocates $2 million to provide the Secretary of Defense the flexibility needed for technical assistance for U.S. military women to military women in other countries combating violence targeting women and children as a weapon of war, terrorism, human trafficking, narcotics trafficking;
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 2 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that increases the STARBASE fifth grade youth STEM education program found in Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, Civil Military Programs by $5 million, and to reduce Operations and Maintenance, Army, Other Servicewide Activities by the offsetting amount;
      • Napolitano amendment (No. 4 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that increases funding for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program by $6 million to match the program's 2018 funding of $180 million;
      • McGovern amendment (No. 5 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that provides the Department of Defense with $250,000 for administrative expenses for purposes of creating a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed veterans (Atomic Veterans); atomic Veterans are determined in section 1112(c)(3) of title 38, in the United States Code;
      • Allen amendment (No. 6 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that transfers $10,000,000 to the Defense POW/Missing Persons Office to assist in identifying unclaimed remains missing since the Korean conflict;
      • McSally amendment (No. 7 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that increases A–10 wing replacement funds to House-passed NDAA level;
      • Soto amendment (No. 8 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that increases funding for the Quantum Information Sciences program within the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army account by $5 million to further advance quantum computing research;
      • Lipinski amendment (No. 10 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that provides $30 million for MD5, the National Security Technology Accelerator, to support national security innovation and entrepreneurial education programs at universities; reduces Operations and Maintenance-Defense Wide by the same amount;
      • Soto amendment (No. 14 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that increases funding for Gulf War illness research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million;
      • Visclosky amendment (No. 16 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that increases Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program funding by $5,000,000;
      • Visclosky amendment (No. 22 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that bars the use of funds in contravention of existing federal requirements for meaningful consultation and engagement with tribal communities related to activities that will impact them; and
      • Brown (MD) amendment (No. 24 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that ensures none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to transfer the information technology contracting and acquisition services or the Senior Leader Communications functions of the Defense Information Systems Agency.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Langevin amendment (No. 9 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that seeks to provide $10 million for Weapons and Munitions Technology (0602624A), $10 million for Innovative Naval Prototypes (INP) Applied Research (0602792N), and $20 million for Innovative Naval Prototypes Advanced Technology Development (0603801N) to be used for accelerated development and prototyping for the electromagnetic railgun; and
      • Poe (TX) amendment (No. 20 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783) that seeks to reduce the amount of Coalition Support Fund reimbursements Pakistan is eligible to receive by $200 million.
    • H. Res. 961, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 6157) and (H.R. 2083) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 292, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 172 nays, Roll No. 291. Pursuant to Sec. 5 of H. Res. 961, House Resolution 952 is laid on the table.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. -2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 5345 – ALSTAR Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mo Brooks / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 5346 – Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Posey / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 5905 – Department of Energy Science and Innovation Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Weber / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 5906 – ARPA–E Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 5907 – NIMBLE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees
    • Complete Consideration of H.R. 6136 – Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee / Homeland Security Committee)
    • Complete Consideration of H.R. 6157 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger / Appropriations Committee)
  • Postponed Amendment Votes:
    • Rep. Jim Langevin Amendment
    • Rep. Ted Poe Amendment
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Frankel / Keating / Speier / Torres Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Denny Heck Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Hastings / Rosen Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Stephen Lynch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Kuster / Love / Speier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Gallagher / McSally Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Gallagher / McSally Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Richard Hudson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Welch / Soto / Bilirakis / Wenstrup / Gabbard / Ruiz / Rosen Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Nolan / LoBiondo Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Delaney / Dingell / Young (AK) / Wagner / Soto / Welch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Clark / Russell / Tsongas / Gallagher Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Rick Crawford Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Thomas Suozzi Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Langevin / Lieu Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Liz Cheney Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Liz Cheney Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Langevin / Correa / Lieu / Shea-Porter / Ratcliffe / Stefanik Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Elizabeth Esty Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Mike Kelly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bill Foster Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ruben Gallego Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Wittman / Courtney / Scott (VA) / Gallagher / Cheney / Neal / Gallego / Royce Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Murphy / Barr / Sinema / Biggs Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Ted Poe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Courtney / Stefanik / Wittman / Gallagher / Langevin / Cicilline / Walz / Neal / Gallego Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Authenticating Local Emergencies and Real Threats Act:
      • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2385, to establish best practices for State, tribal, and local governments participating in the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • Daines (for Schatz) Amendment No. 3212, of a perfecting nature.
  • Measures Considered:
    • Agriculture and Nutrition Act--Agreement:
      • Senate continued 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.
    • 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 Wednesday, June 27, 2018; with all post-cloture time being expired.
    • Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act--Agreement:
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the passage of H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and the adoption of Shelby Amendment No. 2910, to the bill, previously agreed to Amendment No. 2920 and Amendment No. 2999, be considered as having been agreed to following the adoption of Amendment No. 3066, and that the instruction line for Amendment No. 2920 be modified with the changes at the desk.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will adopt the motion to proceed to H.R.2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. Once on the bill, we expect Senator Roberts to offer a substitute amendment and that the Republicans will offer a Thune amendment.
  • Roll call votes in relation to H.R.2 could occur throughout the day on Wednesday.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
HUD Oversight

Senate HELP
Cost of Health Care in America

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Medicaid Fraud and Overpayments

Senate Commerce
Markup

House Natural Resources
Energy Permitting Legislation Markup

House Small Business
ZTE Threat to America’s Small Business

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Infrastructure Project Permitting Reform

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.6224 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require reports by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of National Intelligence relating to construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10] (Introduced 06/26/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Foreign Affairs, Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Latest Action: House - 06/26/2018 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), 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...

 

Financial Services

H.R.6220 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To restore the fair housing mission of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 06/26/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Judiciary, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/26/2018 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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...

 

Health

H.R.6225 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To permit occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 06/26/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/26/2018 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...

 

Transportation

S.3139 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require State safety oversight agencies to conduct safety inspections of public transportation systems that provide rail fixed guideway public transportation and to direct the Secretary of Transportation to develop risk-based inspection guidance for such agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] (Introduced 06/26/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 06/26/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 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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