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 nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act:
      • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3359, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
        • Sullivan (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 4044 (to the language proposed by Amendment No. 4043), of a perfecting nature.
        • Sullivan (for Johnson/McCaskill) Amendment No. 4043, in the nature of a substitute.
  • House Messages:
    • FAA Reauthorization Act:
      • By 93 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 220), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in 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, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
        • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
        • 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, was rendered moot when McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill was agreed to.
        • McConnell Amendment No. 4027 (to Amendment No. 4026), of a perfecting nature, fell when 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) (listed above) was rendered moot.
    • SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act:
      • By 98 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 221), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 6, to provide for opioid use disorder prevention, recovery, and treatment.
  • Kavanaugh Nomination--Agreement:
    • Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, October 5, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1127, the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Cloture was filed on the Kavanaugh nomination. The cloture vote is expected to occur Friday morning.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

MedPAC
Managing prescription opioid use in Medicare Part D

MedPAC
Opioids and alternatives in hospital settings: Payments, incentives, and Medicare data

U.S. Trade and Development Agency
India Energy Storage and Smart Grid Workshop

Senate Banking
Combatting Money Laundering

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

S.3542 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to break up large financial entities.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 10/03/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 10/03/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.3545 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve home health payment reforms under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 10/03/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 10/03/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3541 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish limitations on cost-sharing for out-of-network services, to prohibit balance billing for such services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 10/03/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 10/03/2018 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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