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 24 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Charles P. Rettig, to be Commissioner of the IRS.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, 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. 6198 – Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. DanDonovan / Homeland Security Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 6720 – Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Agriculture Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 6690 – Fighting Fraud to Protect Care for Seniors Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 6662 – Empowering Seniors’ Enrollment Decision Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 5) H.R. 6561 – Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 6) H.R. 3635 – Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
    • 7) H.R. 5059 – State Insurance Regulation Preservation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus / Financial Services Committee)
    • 8) H.R. 6411 – FinCEN Improvement Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter / Financial Services Committee)
    • 9) H.R. 3764 – Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Gianforte / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 10) H.R. 5923 – Walnut Grove Land Exchange Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 11) H.R. 4824 – Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Curtis / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 12) H.R. 2591 – To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Austin Scott / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 13) H.R. 2606 – Stigler Act Amendments of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 14) H.R. 6287 – 9/11 Memorial Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 15) H.R. 3186 – Every Kid Outdoors Act (Sponsored by Rep. Niki Tsongas / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 16) H.R. 5532 – Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 17) H.R. 660 – Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 18) H.R. 4689 – To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska (Sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 19) House Amendment to S. 2497 – Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 20) H.R. 1911 – Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 21) H.Res. 401 – Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 22) H.R. 6197 – RAWR Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dan Donovan / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 23) H.R. 5317 – To repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler / Natural Resources Committee)
    • 24) H.R. 6040 – Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Natural Resources Committee)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • The Senate met in pro forma session.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1013, Charles P. Rettig, of California, to be Commissioner of the IRS. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Rettig nomination.
  • Wednesday, September 12 at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    • 1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1013, Charles P. Rettig, of California, to be Commissioner of the IRS
  • As a reminder, during Thursday’s session the Senate agreed to votes relating to H.R.6 (Opioids) and S.2554 (Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act). Those votes could occur next week.
  • At a time TBD – 1 roll call vote
    • 1. Passage of H.R.6, as amended
  • At a time TBD – 2 roll call votes
    • 1. Lee amendment #4011 to S.2554
    • 2. Passage of S.2554, as amended, if amended

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.6768 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To re-establish certain hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rules, standards for well construction, and waste management rules, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] (Introduced 09/10/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 09/10/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall...

H.R.6731 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Restoring Our Commitment to Renewable Fuels Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Financial Services

H.R.6751 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To increase transparency with respect to financial services benefitting state sponsors of terrorism, human rights abusers, and corrupt officials, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6746 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To protect American taxpayers and homeowners by creating a sustainable housing finance system for the 21st century, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.6745 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to revise the shareholder threshold for registration under such Act for issuers that receive support through certain Federal universal service support mechanisms, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6743 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide a national standard for financial institution data security and breach notification on behalf of all consumers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6741 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to increase monetary policy transparency and accountability and to make reforms to the Federal Reserve System, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Financial Services, Rules
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, 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 concerned.

H.R.6737 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act to clarify seasoning requirements for certain refinanced mortgage loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.6764 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a consistent standard of health care to the incarcerated.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 09/10/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 09/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6753 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a public-private partnership for purposes of identifying health care waste, fraud, and abuse.
Sponsor: Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] (Introduced 09/07/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 09/07/2018 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...

 

Tax

H.R.6767 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow qualified education loan repayments from section 529 plans.
Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 09/10/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 09/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6760 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting individuals, families, and small businesses.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 09/10/2018) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 09/10/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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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