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 and Senate are not in session.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Motion to invoke cloture on McConnell amendment #65 (sense of Senate re: US forces withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan): invoked 68-23.
  • Legislative Business
    • By voice vote, adopted S.Res.37, designating the week beginning February 3, 2019 as “National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week”.
    • By voice vote, adopted S.Res.38, designating February 4 through 8, 2019, as “National School Counseling Week”.
    • Adopted S.Res.39, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the American Farm Bureau Federation representing the farmers of the United States.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place S.311, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, February 4, 2019.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.315 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to authorize cyber hunt and incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

Energy

S.300 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program relating to physical security and cybersecurity for pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Health

H.R.945 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 01/31/2019 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.

H.R.944 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission to publish an annual report on the estimated impact in each State of the Medicaid expansion added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the estimated impact that adopting such expansion would have in States that have not expanded their Medicaid coverage.
Sponsor: Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 01/31/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.938 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, with respect to eligibility for approval of a subsequent generic drug, to remove the barrier to that approval posed by the 180-day exclusivity period afforded to a first generic applicant that has not yet received final approval, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 01/31/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.937 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to prevent the misclassification of drugs for purposes of the Medicaid drug rebate program.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 01/31/2019 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.

S.304 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to reauthorize section 340H of the Public Health Service Act to continue to encourage the expansion, maintenance, and the establishment of approved graduate medical residency programs at qualified teaching health centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.299 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize programs that support interprofessional geriatric education and training to develop a geriatric-capable workforce, improving health outcomes for a growing and diverse aging American population and their families, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.296 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.286 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

S.309 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Trade

H.R.940 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose limitations on the authority of the President to adjust imports that are determined to threaten to impair national security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gallagher, Mike [R-WI-8] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Rules
Latest Action: House - 01/31/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.

S.287 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose limitations on the authority of the President to adjust imports that are determined to threaten to impair national security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] (Introduced 01/31/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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.

     

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