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 Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.302, the long-term FAA extension.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • STB Information Security Improvement Act:
      • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4921, to require the Surface Transportation Board to implement certain recommendations of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation, and the bill was then passed.
    • National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 664, designating October 8, 2018, as ``National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day''.
  • House Messages:
    • Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act--Agreement:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 302, to provide protections for certain sports medicine professionals who provide certain medical services in a secondary State, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        • Pending:
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
          • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 4026 (to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate), to change the enactment date.
          • McConnell Amendment No. 4027 (to Amendment No. 4026), of a perfecting nature.
  • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 90 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. 219), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
    • McConnell motion to refer the House message to accompany the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 4028, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 4029 (the instructions (Amendment No. 4028) of the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to refer the House message to accompany the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 4028 (listed above) fell.
    • McConnell Amendment No. 4030 (to Amendment No. 4029), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 4029 (the instructions (Amendment No. 4028) of the motion to refer) (listed above) fell.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, all time during Leader time and recess count post-cloture on the House message to accompany the bill.
    • Kavanaugh Nomination:
      • Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands in recess until 10:0am on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.302, the long-term FAA extension, post-cloture. Time during recess will count post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly conference meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
Regulatory Reform Bill Implementation

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
“Beyond Opioids: Evidence-Based Delivery of Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Education

S.3535 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to clarify the treatment of technical errors in applications for Federal TRIO programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 10/01/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 10/01/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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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