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 complete consideration of H.R. 840 – Veterans’ Access to Child Care.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 105 - The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 840
      • - Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
        • - PASSED 227 - 189, ROLL CALL 68
    • Adoption of H. Res. 105 - The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 840
      • - Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
        • - PASSED 225 - 193, ROLL CALL 69
    • H.R. 494 - Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 450 - Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2019, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 417 - 0, ROLL CALL 70
    • H.R. 507 - Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 414 - 1, ROLL CALL 71
    • H.R. 752 - Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 840 - Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
      • - All time for general debate has expired

 

Today

  • Complete consideration of H.R. 840 – Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (Rep. Brownley – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for no further general debate and makes in order the 10 remaining amendments:
    • Allred Amendment
    • Moore Amendment
    • Kuster Amendment
    • Delgado #15 Amendment
    • Delgado #16 Amendment
    • Golden #17 Amendment
    • Golden #18 Amendment
    • Sherrill #19 Amendment
    • Sherrill #20 Amendment
    • Slotkin Amendment
  • Postponed Amendment Vote (1):
    1. Bergman Amendment

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1) On the motion to table Lankford amendment #158 (adds restrictions on LWCF funds for Federal land ownership): tabled 66-33.
    • 2) On the motion to table Lee amendment #162 (5-year extension of LWCF): tabled 68-30.
  • No Legislative Business

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.1101 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure internet openness, to prohibit blocking lawful content and non-harmful devices, to prohibit throttling data, to prohibit paid prioritization, to require transparency of network management practices, to provide that broadband shall be considered to be an information service, and to prohibit the Commission or a State commission from relying on section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as a grant of authority.
Sponsor: Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1062 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to work with cybersecurity consortia for training, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Homeland Security
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

S.429 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the establishment of exchange programs relating to cybersecurity positions between the private sector and certain Federal agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.406 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish a Federal rotational cyber workforce program for the Federal cyber workforce.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

Energy

H.R.1081 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require reports by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of National Intelligence relating to construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Foreign Affairs, Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), 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...

S.407 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the qualifying advanced coal project credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.383 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to support carbon dioxide utilization and direct air capture research, to facilitate the permitting and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration projects and carbon dioxide pipelines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Financial Services

H.R.1039 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To streamline requirements for currency transaction reports and suspicious activity reports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Riggleman, Denver [R-VA-5] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1038 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Treasury to take a more prominent role in coordinating AML/CFT policy and examinations across the Government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Riggleman, Denver [R-VA-5] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1036 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to clarify the exclusion for seller-financers from the definition of mortgage originator, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Riggleman, Denver [R-VA-5] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.1093 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on certain prescription drugs which have been subject to a price spike, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 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.1058 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act relating to autism, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1052 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for direct payment to physician assistants under the Medicare program for certain services furnished by such physician assistants.
Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 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.1046 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate prices of prescription drugs furnished under part D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (108)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 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.1041 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the 96-hour physician certification requirement for inpatient critical access hospital services.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1035 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for pharmacy benefits manager standards under the Medicare prescription drug program and Medicare Advantage program to further transparency of payment methodologies to pharmacies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the...

H.R.1034 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require pharmacy-negotiated price concessions to be included in negotiated prices at the point-of-sale under part D of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 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.427 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to research on autism spectrum disorder and enhance programs relating to autism, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.425 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a stewardship fee on the production and importation of opioid pain relievers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.424 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to clarify the congressional intent behind the requirements relating to immediate suspension orders and corrective action plans under the Controlled Substances Act that were added by the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.419 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Food and Drug Administration to revoke the approval of one opioid pain medication for each new opioid pain medication approved.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.418 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish procedures regarding the approval of opioid dugs by the Food and Drug Administration.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.400 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to gather information about the illicit production of illicit fentanyl in foreign countries and to withhold bilateral assistance from countries that do not have emergency scheduling procedures for new illicit drugs, cannot prosecute criminals for the manufacture or distribution of controlled substance analogues, or do not require the registration of tableting machine and encapsulating machines.
Sponsor: Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.378 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on certain prescription drugs which have been subject to a price spike, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.377 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate prices of prescription drugs furnished under part D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 02/07/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.1084 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage retirement and family savings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-16] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Budget
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of...

H.R.1040 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayers a flat tax alternative to the current income tax system.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 02/07/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Rules
Latest Action: House - 02/07/2019 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.

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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