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 the motion to go to conference on H.R. 5895 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019; H.Res. 970 – Insisting that the Department of Justice fully comply with the requests, including subpoenas, of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the subpoena issued by the Committee on the Judiciary relating to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by personnel of the Department of Justice and related matters; and complete consideration of H.R. 6157 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018:
    • The House failed to pass H.R. 6136, to amend the immigration laws and provide for border security, by a recorded vote of 121 ayes to 301 noes, Roll No. 297. Consideration began Thursday, June 21st.
  • Rejected the Espaillat motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 296.
  • H. Res. 953, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6136) was agreed to Thursday, June 21st.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act:
      • H.R. 5345, amended, to designate the Marshall Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to provide leadership for the U.S. rocket propulsion industrial base;
    • Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act:
      • H.R. 5346, to amend title 51, United States Code, to provide for licenses and experimental permits for space support vehicles;
    • Department of Energy Science and Innovation Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5905, amended, to authorize basic research programs in the Department of Energy Office of Science for fiscal years 2018 and 2019;
    • Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5906, amended, to amend the America COMPETES Act to establish Department of Energy policy for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy; and
    • National Innovation Modernization by Laboratory Empowerment Act:
      • H.R. 5907, to provide directors of the National Laboratories signature authority for certain agreements.
    • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019--Motion to go to Conference:
      • The House agreed by unanimous consent to disagree to the Senate amendment and request a conference on 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, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
    • Rejected the Carbajal motion to instruct conferees by a yea-and-nay vote of 188 yeas to 231 nays, Roll No. 300.
    • Agreed to the Thornberry motion to close portions of the conference by a yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 15 nays, Roll No. 301.
  • Later, the Chair appointed the following conferees:
    • From the Committee on Armed Services, for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Representatives Thornberry, Wilson of South Carolina, LoBiondo, Bishop of Utah, Turner, Rogers of Alabama, Shuster, Conaway, Lamborn, Wittman, Coffman, Hartzler, Austin Scott of Georgia, Cook, Byrne, Stefanik, Bacon, Banks of Indiana, Smith of Washington, Davis of California, Langevin, Cooper, Bordallo, Courtney, Tsongas, Garamendi, Speier, Veasey, Gabbard, O'Rourke, and Murphy of Florida.
    • From the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for consideration of title XVII of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Representatives Latta, Johnson of Ohio, and Pallone.
    • From the Committee on Financial Services, for consideration of title XVII of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Representatives Hensarling, Barr, and Maxine Waters of California.
    • From the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for consideration of title XVII of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Representatives Royce of California, Kinzinger, and Engel.
  • North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act:
    • The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2061, to reauthorize the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004.
  • 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 began yesterday, June 26th.
  • Agreed to:
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Frankel (FL) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115–785
    • Rosen amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Lynch amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Kuster (NH) amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Hudson amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Welch amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Nolan amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Gabbard amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Delaney amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Crawford amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Langevin amendment (No. 21 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Esty amendment (No. 22 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Gallego amendment (No. 25 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Wittman amendment (No. 26 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Murphy (FL) amendment (No. 27 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
  • Rejected:
    • Langevin amendment (No. 9 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783)
    • Poe (TX) amendment (No. 20 printed in Part A of H. Rept. 115–783)
  • Withdrawn:
    • Langevin amendment (No. 18 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Proceedings Postponed:
    • Gallagher amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Gallagher amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Clark (MA) amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Foster amendment (No. 24 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
    • Courtney amendment (No. 29 printed in H. Rept. 115–785)
  • H. Res. 961, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 6157) and (H.R. 2083) was agreed to yesterday, June 26th.
  • H. Res. 964, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 6157) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 299, after the previous question was ordered by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 298.

 

Today

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 5895 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
  • H.Res. 970 – Insisting that the Department of Justice fully comply with the requests, including subpoenas, of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the subpoena issued by the Committee on the Judiciary relating to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by personnel of the Department of Justice and related matters (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows / Judiciary 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. Mike Gallagher Amendment #1
    • Rep. Mike Gallagher Amendment #2
    • Rep. Katherine Clark Amendment
    • Rep. Bill Foster Amendment
    • Rep. Joe Courtney Amendment

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Agriculture and Nutrition Act--Agreement:
      • Senate began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • Pending:
        • Roberts Amendment No. 3224, in the nature of a substitute.
        • McConnell (for Thune) Amendment No. 3134 (to Amendment No. 3224), to modify conservation reserve program provisions.
        • A motion was entered to close further debate on Roberts Amendment No. 3224 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, June 29, 2018.
        • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Roberts Amendment No. 3224.
        • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.
  • As a reminder, during Wednesday’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Roberts substitute amendment #3224 and on the underlying bill, H.R.2. If cloture is invoked, amendments must be germane and timely filed.
  • The filing deadline for first-degree amendments is 1:00pm. The filing deadline for second-degree amendments is one hour prior to the cloture vote.
  • Roll call votes in relation to the Farm Bill are expected during Thursday’s session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
Corporate Governance

SEC
Open Meeting

Senate Finance
Rettig Nomination

Senate Appropriations
Defense/Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Full Committee Markup

Braeburn
Briefing: Modernizing Opioid Addiction Treatment Protocol

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.6252 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act to provide for additional procedures for families with children under the age of 6, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McEachin, A. Donald [D-VA-4] (Introduced 06/27/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.6253 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from using any Federal funds to conduct or support a video contest on the Internet or by means of other media.
Sponsor: Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5] (Introduced 06/27/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 06/27/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions...

H.R.6240 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for certain user fees under the 340B drug discount program.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] (Introduced 06/27/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/27/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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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