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 Senate will resume consideration of S.1, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. The filing deadline for first degree amendments to S.1 is 4:00pm, and the filing deadline for second degree amendments to S.1 is one hour prior to the cloture vote on S.1.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House will meet at 11:30 a.m. in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, February 4, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. The filing deadline for first degree amendments to S.1 is 4:00pm, and the filing deadline for second degree amendments to S.1 is one hour prior to the cloture vote on S.1.
  • At 5:30pm, all post-cloture time on McConnell amendment #65 will expire, and the Senate will vote on Menendez second degree amendment #96 (rule of construction) and McConnell amendment #65 (sense of Senate re: US forces withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan), as amended, if amended. Following disposition of the McConnell amendment, the Senate will vote on cloture on S.1, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, as amended, if amended.
  • Monday, February 4th at 5:30pm - up to 3 roll call votes:
    1. Menendez second degree amendment #96 to McConnell amendment #65.
    2. McConnell amendment #65, as amended, if amended.
    3. Motion to invoke cloture on S.1, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, as amended, if amended.
  • Pending amendments to S.1
    • McConnell amendment #65 (sense of Senate re: US forces withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan)
    • Menendez second degree amendment #96 (rule of construction)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

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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