PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

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  • 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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The House will meet at noon to convene the 116th Congress and will vote to select the Speaker of the House, adopt a rules package for the 116th Congress, and consider two bills that would provide FY 2019 appropriations to reopen the government and end the partial shutdown. The Senate convenes at noon for the start of the 116th Congress. Senators-elect will be sworn in and a live quorum call is expected. Subsequently, following leader remarks, the Senate is expected to be in a period of morning business.

 

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

  • The House met in pro forma session.

Today

  • The House convenes at 11 a.m. to adjourn the 115th Congress; no votes are expected. It meets at noon to convene the 116th Congress and will vote to select the Speaker of the House, adopt a rules package for the 116th Congress, and consider two bills that would provide FY 2019 appropriations to reopen the government and end the partial shutdown.

 

THE SENATE

Yesterday

  • Executive Business (Wednesday, January 2)
    • Gail S. Ennis, of Maryland, to be Inspector General , Social Security Administration
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Carmen Guerricagoitia McLean, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Alex A. Beehler, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Brendan Carr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2018
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Patrick Fuchs, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for the term of five years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Bonnie Glick, of Maryland, to be Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • James W. Carroll, Jr., of Virginia, to be Director of National Drug Control Policy
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Kim Gaffney, of Wisconsin, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Wisconsin for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Denny Wade King, of Tennessee, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Kyle McCarter, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Brian T. Moran, of Washington, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Todd L. Nukes, of Indiana, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Indiana for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • 6 nominations in the Coast Guard beginning with Rear Adm. (lh) Matthew T. Bell, Jr. and ending with Rear Adm. (lh) Anthony J . Vogt
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Casey Wardynski, of Alabama, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Geoffrey Adam Starks, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2017
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Teri L. Donaldson, of Texas, to be Inspector General of the Department of Energy
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Michael Kubayanda, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring November 22, 2020
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Michael S. Yeager, of Georgia, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • 3 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Michael Ashkouri and ending with John H. Piggott
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Daniel Simmons, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Mary Bridget Neumayr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Ellen E. McCarthy, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research)
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Rae Oliver, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of Housing and Urban Development
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Robert S. Brewer, Jr., of California, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of California for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Bradley Jay LaRose, of Vermont, to be United States Marshal for the District of Vermont for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Matthew J. Schneider, of Michigan, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Mark B. Shepherd, of Mississippi, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Alan Ray Shaffer, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Michael T. Harvey, of Texas, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • John M. Garrison, of Texas, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Martin J. Oberman, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2023
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Nicholas A. Trutanich, of Nevada, to be United States Attorney for the District of Nevada for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Richard S. Tischner, of Virginia, to be Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia for a term of six years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Donald L. Palmer, of Florida, to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 2021
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Steven Dillingham, of Virginia, to be Director of the Census for a term expiring December 31, 2021
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Tamara Bonzanto, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection)
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Thomas F. Gilman, of Arizona, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Thomas F. Gilman, of Arizona, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Commerce
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Lucy Tamlyn, of New York, to be Ambassador to Central African Republic
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Erhard R. Chorle, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board for a term expiring August 28, 2022
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • James Paul Gfrerer, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Information and Technology)
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Daniel Mark Smolka, in the Foreign Service
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • 171 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with James Robert Adams and ending with Christopher M. Zveare
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Kelvin Droegemeier, of Oklahoma, to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Joel Szabat, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Carol Z. Perez, of Virginia, to be Director General of the Foreign Service
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Donald Armin Blome, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Craig Lewis Cloud, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Judith Gail Garber, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Dennis B. Hankins, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mali
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Simon Henshaw, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Michael S. Klecheski, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mongolia
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • William H. Moser, of North Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Michael Peter Pelletier, of Maine, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Union of the Comoros
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Richard Carlton Paschall III, of North Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Eric Williams Stromayer, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • John C. Milhiser, of Illinois, to be United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Matthew John Matthews, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Eric George Nelson, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • David L. Anderson, of California, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of California for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Lawrence Keefe, of Florida, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Allison Jones Rushing, of North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit
      • -- Considered by Senate.
    • Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, of Virginia, to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances of the Environmental Protection Agency
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Dennis Walter Hearne, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Earle D. Litzenberger, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Patricia Mahoney, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Benin
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • John Mark Pommersheim, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Sarah-Ann Lynch, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Susan N. Stevenson, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • 54 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Sandi R. B. Allaway and ending with Shirlene Yee
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Christopher Paul Henzel, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Lynne M. Tracy, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Benjamin Hovland, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 2019
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • 193 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Zachary Maxwell Aberman and ending with Daniella Jaoska Zelaya
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • 3 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Mark A. Dries and ending with Ralph K. Bean
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Douglas J. Strike, of Iowa, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Iowa for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Aaron L. Weisman, of Rhode Island, to be United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island for the term of four years
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • 176 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Kelly E. Adams-Smith and ending with Jorge R. Vazquez
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Daniel B. Maffei, of New York, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for a term expiring June 30, 2022
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • E. Sola, of Florida, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for a term expiring June 30, 2023
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Johnathan Bragg, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board for a term expiring August 28, 2019
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Johnathan Bragg, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board for a term expiring August 28, 2024
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • Thomas Jayne, of Missouri, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board for a term expiring August 28, 2023
      • -- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
    • The United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade, done at New York on December 12, 2001, and signed by the United States on December 30, 2003
      • -- Treaty moved through its parliamentary stages up to and including presentation of the resolution of advice and consent to ratification.
      • -- Resolution of advice and consent to ratification agreed to in Senate by Division Vote.
    • Adjournment
      • By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. McConnell, at 7:40 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 11:50 a.m. tomorrow.

Today

  • The Senate reconvenes pro-forma session at 11:50 a.m. and is then expected to adjourn sine die until it convenes at noon for the start of the 116th Congress. Senators-elect will be sworn in and a live quorum call is expected. Subsequently, following leader remarks, the Senate is expected to be in a period of morning business.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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.

     

    Read...

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