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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  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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The House will consider the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515 – John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6147, Appropriations Minibus II (Interior/FSGG/THUD/Ag).

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • House Amendment to S. 1182 - National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 366 – 52, ROLL CALL 373
          • Republican YEA – 179; NAY – 51
          • Democrat YEA – 187; NAY – 1
    • H.R. 5864 - VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED 417 – 0, ROLL CALL 374
          • Republican YEA – 229; NAY – 0
          • Democrat YEA – 188; NAY – 0
    • H.R. 5693 - Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2353 - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H. Res. 981 - Condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation, and murders committed by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 5535 - Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018, as amended
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 6414 - To amend title 23, United States Code, to extend the deadline for promulgation of regulations under the tribal transportation self-governance program
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • House Amendment to S. 756 - Save Our Seas Act of 2018
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H. Res. 1009 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the lack of timely and predictable funding unnecessarily undermines the mission of the United States Special Operations Command and jeopardizes the security of the United States
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.Res. 1010 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Air Force faces significant readiness challenges due to insufficient personnel levels, a shrinking and depleted aircraft fleet, and maintenance deferrals, all of which are affected by budgetary uncertainty and impede the Air Force’s ability to meet ongoing and unexpected national security threats, putting United States national security at risk
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.Res. 1007 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that not fully resourcing the United States Army in a timely manner erodes the Army’s ability to maintain readiness and poses risk to the Army’s ability to conduct military operations
      • – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • – PASSED BY VOICE
    • Democrat Motion to Recommit on H.R. 6311
      • – REJECTED 187 – 229, ROLL CALL 375
        • Republican YEA – 2; NAY – 227
        • Democrat YEA – 185; NAY – 2
    • Passage of H.R. 6311 - Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018
      • – PASSED 242 – 176, ROLL CALL 376
        • Republican YEA – 230; NAY – 1
        • Democrat YEA – 12; NAY – 175
    • Passage of H.R. 6199 - Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018
      • – PASSED 277 – 142, ROLL CALL 377
        • Republican YEA – 231; NAY – 1
        • Democrat YEA – 46; NAY – 141

 

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: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515 – John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1. Moran SA #3433 (grain inspections); agreed to: 98-0.
    • 2. Udall SA #3414 (Amtrak); agreed to: 95-4.
    • 3. Manchin SA #3553 (opioids); agreed to: 99-0.
    • 4. Paul SA #3543 (budget caps); not agreed to: 25-74.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed Calendar #499, S.2779: to amend the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act, with Flake amendment.
    • Passed H.R.4645: East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
    • Adopted S.Res.592: designating October 9, 2018, as “National Ada Lovelace Day”.
    • Adopted S.Res.593: honoring the life and legacy of Grace Hopper.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.184 (Medical Device Tax) and H.R.1201 (Religious Exemption from Individual Mandate).

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, July 26, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6147, Appropriations Minibus II (Interior/FSGG/THUD/Ag).
  • Roll call votes in relation to the appropriations minibus are possible for Thursday’s session. Today the managers announced that they would like to have all amendments filed at the desk by 1:00pm Thursday. Senators are encouraged to submit their amendments by that time.
  • Amendments Pending to H.R.6147, Minibus II
    • Shelby SA #3399 (substitute)
    • Murkowski SA #3400 (technical)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance
Nominations

Senate Appropriations
USTR Budget

House Energy and Commerce
Merit-based Incentive Payment System Update

Senate Finance
Improving Tax Administration

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.6538 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize certain long-term contracts for Federal purchases of energy.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of...

H.R.6511 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to lease underutilized Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.6531 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To strengthen the disclosure requirements for creditors under the Truth in Lending Act.
Sponsor: Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6509 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require all newly constructed, federally assisted, single-family houses and town houses to meet minimum standards of visitability for persons with disabilities.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.6524 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to streamline enrollment of certain Medicaid providers and suppliers across State lines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6517 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to establish and implement reforms to the criteria for liver allocation so that such allocation is not based on the donor candidate's place of residence or listing, except to the extent necessary to avoid wasting organs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6508 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the public disclosure of charges for certain hospital and ambulatory surgical center treatment episodes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6505 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate prices of prescription drugs furnished under part D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (79)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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...

H.R.6502 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a program to allow qualified group practices to furnish certain items and services at qualified skilled nursing facilities to individuals entitled to benefits under part A and enrolled under part B of the Medicare program to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] (Introduced 07/25/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/25/2018 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...

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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  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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