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

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • H.R. 829- To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1450 Montauk Highway in Mastic, New York, as the "Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth Post Office Building"
      • - PASSED 423 - 0, ROLL CALL 151
    • Republican MTR on S. J. Res. 7
      • - REJECTED 194 - 228 - 1, ROLL CALL 152
    • Passage of S.J.Res. 7 - To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
      • - PASSED 247 - 175 - 1, ROLL CALL 153
    • Amendments to H.R. 1585:
      • Axne (D-IA) – Amendment No. 39 - Increases STOP grants from $40 million to $60 million.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Torres Small, Xochitl (D-NM) – Amendment No. 40 - Ensures all provisions of the bill comply with immigration laws.
        • - ADOPTED 425 - 0, ROLL CALL 154
    • Republican MTR on H.R. 1585
      • - REJECTED 185 - 237, ROLL CALL 155
    • Passage of H.R. 1585 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
      • - PASSED 263 - 158 - 1, ROLL CALL 156

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #32, Roy Kalman Altman, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; confirmed: 66-33.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #87, Mark Anthony Calabria, of Virginia, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; invoked: 53-46.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #87, Mark Anthony Calabria, of Virginia, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; confirmed: 52-44.
  • Legislative Business
    • By voice vote, adopted Calendar #55, S.Res.123, supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and recognizing its 70 years of accomplishments.
    • Adopted S.Res.145, commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.
    • Adopted S.Res.146, recognizing the centennial of the Institute of International Education.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00pm on Monday, April 8, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session.
  • We expect the next roll call vote to be at approximately 11:00am on Tuesday, April 9th on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #21, Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
  • During today’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    • 1) Executive Calendar #21, Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado
    • 2) Executive Calendar #27, Patrick R. Wyrick, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma
    • 3) Executive Calendar #105, Cheryl Marie Stanton, of South Carolina, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor
    • 4) Executive Calendar #173, John P. Abizaid, of Nevada, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    • 5) Executive Calendar #31, Holly A. Brady, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
    • 6) Executive Calendar #30, David Steven Morales, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas
  • If cloture is invoked on any of these nominations, there would be up to 2 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Then there would a cloture vote on the next nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

MedPAC
Options to increase the affordability of specialty drugs and biologics in Medicare Part D

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy/Environment

H.R.2104 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To clarify that no express or implied warranty is provided by reason of a disclosure relating to voluntary participation in the Energy Star program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2092 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to set a health-protective numerical emission limitation for hydrogen cyanide under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7412), and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2088 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to reauthorize the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stanton, Greg [D-AZ-9] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1052 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to authorize the Office of Fossil Energy to develop advanced separation technologies for the extraction and recovery of rare earth elements and minerals from coal and coal byproducts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.1050 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the ability of a State to administer a permit program under that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2079 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to prohibit certain member banks from using discount window lending programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.2111 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a Reducing Youth Use of E-Cigarettes Initiative.
Sponsor: Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1006 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to empower the States to set the maximum annual percentage rates applicable to consumer credit transactions, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 04/03/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 04/03/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.2108 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To allow individuals to choose to opt out of the Medicare part A benefit.
Sponsor: Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2095 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, for the purpose of addressing public health crises, to require the manufacturers of covered products to develop, maintain, and update a plan to mitigate the effects of such products on public health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2087 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require certain manufacturers to report drug pricing information with respect to drugs under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 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.2085 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a public health insurance option, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1048 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a Reducing Youth Use of E-Cigarettes Initiative.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1045 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to expand the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to permit nurses to practice in health care facilities with critical shortages of nurses through programs for loan repayment and scholarships for nurses.
Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1037 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize provisions relating to rural health clinics under Medicare.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1033 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a public health insurance option, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1030 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to allow individuals to choose to opt out of the Medicare part A benefit.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.2112 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish the Refund to Rainy Day Savings Program.
Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2103 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow workers an above-the-line deduction for union dues and expenses and to allow a miscellaneous itemized deduction for workers for all unreimbursed expenses incurred in the trade or business of being an employee.
Sponsor: Rep. Lamb, Conor [D-PA-17] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2096 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax credits for energy storage technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-18] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2089 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for 2 years tax credits with respect to biodiesel and renewable diesel.
Sponsor: Rep. Finkenauer, Abby [D-IA-1] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2086 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable tax credit against income tax for the purchase of qualified access technology for the blind.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1053 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish a universal personal savings program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

S.1038 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to strengthen highway funding in the near term, to offer States additional financing tools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 04/04/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 04/04/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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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