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 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:
    • National Suicide Prevention Month:
      • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 636, recognizing suicide as a serious public health problem and expressing support for the designation of September as ``National Suicide Prevention Month'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • National Estuaries Week:
      • Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 642, designating the week of September 15 through September 22, 2018, as ``National Estuaries Week'', and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
        • McConnell (for Whitehouse) Amendment No. 4045, to amend the preamble.
    • Energy Efficiency Day:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 668, designating October 5, 2018, as ``Energy Efficiency Day'' in celebration of the economic and environmental benefits that have been driven by private sector innovation and Federal energy policies.
    • National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 669, supporting the designation of September 2018 as ``National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month''.
    • Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act:
      • Senate passed S. 995, to provide for equitable compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, after agreeing to the committee amendments.
    • Dickinson Reservoir:
      • Senate passed S. 440, to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Dickinson Reservoir in the State of North Dakota, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • Jamestown Reservoir:
      • Senate passed S. 2074, to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Jamestown Reservoir in the State of North Dakota, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Friday, October 5, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, October 5, 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.
  • The cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes, at approximately 10:30am.
  • 10:30am on Friday, October 5th—1 roll call vote
    • 1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1127, the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

MedPAC
Episode-based payments and outcome measures under a unified payment system for post-acute care

Alliance for Health Policy
“Improving Care for Children with Complex Medical Needs”

CFTC
Technology Advisory Committee

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Foreign Relations

S.3549 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to establish the Palestinian Partnership Fund to promote joint economic development and finance joint ventures between Palestinian entrepreneurs and companies in the United States, Israel, and countries in the Middle East to improve economic cooperation and people to people exchanges to further shared community building, peaceful coexistence, dialogue, and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 10/04/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate - 10/04/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

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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