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 continue Consideration of H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #18, Eric E. Murphy, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 172 - The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019
      • - PASSED 232 - 191, ROLL CALL 106
    • Adoption of H. Res. 172 - The rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019
      • - ADOPTED 232 - 192, ROLL CALL 107
    • Approval of the Journal
      • - APPROVED
    • H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019
      • - ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED

 

Today

  • The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour
  • Legislative Business will begin at 12:00 p.m.
  • Fifteen One Minutes per side
  • Continue Consideration of H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019, Rules Committee Print (Sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes / House Administration Committee)
  • Structured Rule, All time for debate has expired
  • Seventy-two Amendments

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1)  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #17, Chad A. Readler, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; confirmed: 52-47.
    • 2)  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #18, Eric E. Murphy, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; invoked: 53-46.
  • Legislative Business
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
      • 1) H.R. 1271, Vet HP Act
      • 2) H.R. 1381, Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #18, Eric E. Murphy, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • At 12:30pm, all post-cloture time on the Murphy nomination will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Murphy nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Murphy nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #11, John Fleming, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. The cloture motion on the Fleming nomination will be withdrawn, and the time until 1:45pm will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Fleming nomination.
  • 12:30pm - 1 roll call vote
    1. Confirmation of  Executive Calendar #18, Eric E. Murphy,  to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit
  • 1:45pm - 1 roll call vote
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #11, John Fleming, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Private Sector Data Breaches

Senate Aging
Reducing Prescription Drug Prices – Part 2

House Financial Services
CFPB Oversight

House Ways and Means
Reducing Medicare Drug Prices

Senate Commerce
China Challenges for U.S. Commerce

House Oversight and Government Reform
Trump Administration's Response to the Drug Crisis

CFTC
Open Meeting

House Education and Labor
Multiemployer Pension Crisis

House Judiciary
Health Care Market Anticompetitive Practices

MedPAC
Public Meeting – Session 1

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.682 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to restore the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order and its net neutrality protections.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (45)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 03/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Health

H.R.1570 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.
Sponsor: Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (120)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/06/2019 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.1564 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to stabilize and modernize the provision of partial hospitalization services under the Medicare Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 03/06/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.1559 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to strengthen program integrity and enhance low-income patient benefits for safety net providers.
Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 03/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1551 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing maternity care quality measures and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives.
Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/06/2019 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.668 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (41)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

 

Puerto Rico

H.R.1576 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for the participation of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands in supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House - Agriculture
Latest Action: House - 03/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

S.677 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for the participation of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate - 03/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

 

Tax

H.R.1560 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the child tax credit fully refundable, establish an increased child tax credit for young children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (174)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.1558 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To delay by 5 weeks the time for individuals to file certain calendar year 2018 income tax returns.
Sponsor: Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 03/06/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.690 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the child tax credit fully refundable, establish an increased child tax credit for young children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (36)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.687 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide for a temporary safe harbor for certain failures by individuals to pay estimated income tax.
Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.684 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.
Sponsor: Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (23)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/06/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.680 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain amounts paid for physical activity, fitness, and exercise as amounts paid for medical care.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 03/06/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 03/06/2019 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...

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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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