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 begin consideration of H.R. 1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019 and H.R. 2021 – Investing for the People Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #21, Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • H.Con.Res. 16 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • H.Con.Res. 19 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - ADOPTED 386 - 0, ROLL CALL 157
    • H.R. 1331 - Local Water Protection Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 329 - 56, ROLL CALL 158
    • H.R. 639 - To amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2030 - Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • Approval of the Journal
      • - APPROVED 194 - 182 - 1, ROLL CALL 159

 

Today

  • Today, the House meets at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.  There will be up to fifteen “One Minutes” per side.
  • Following “One Minutes,” the House will begin one hour of debate on the Rule for both H.R. 1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019 and H.R. 2021 – Investing for the People Act of 2019.
  • After debate on the Rule, the House will begin debate on the two bills listed for consideration under the suspension of the Rules. Following suspension debate, the House will take votes.
  • After votes, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 1644.
  • Next votes predicted: at approximately 1:45 – 2:15 p.m., on the Rule for both H.R. 1644 and H.R. 2021 and suspensions.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Legislative Business
    • Passed S.1057, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to execute and carry out agreements concerning Colorado River Drought Contingency Management and Operations.
    • Reached the following agreement: when the Senate receives the papers on H.R. 2030, Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, and if the text is identical to S.1057, that the bill be considered read a third time and passed.
    • Adopted S.Res.147, honoring the memory of Jereima “Jeri” Bustamante on the 1 year anniversary of her passing.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #21, Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Domenico nomination.
  • 11:00am Tuesday, April 9th – 1 roll call vote:
    • 1) Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #21, Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
  • Additional roll call votes are expected throughout Tuesday’s session. Additional messages will be sent as the confirmation and cloture votes are scheduled.
  • Cloture petitions are pending 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
    • 7) Executive Calendar #200 David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Interior.
  • If cloture is invoked on the first six nominations, there would be up to 2 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Then there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination. If cloture is invoked on the Bernhardt nomination, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Foreign Affairs
FY2020 Foreign Assistance Budget and Policy Priorities

House Science, Space and Technology
National Institute of Standards and Technology Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

House Appropriations
FY2020 Treasury Department Budget Request

House Energy and Commerce
FY2020 EPA Budget Request

Senate Finance
Drug Pricing in America: Part III

House Education and Labor
Markup: H.R. 1010, To provide that the rule entitled "Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance" shall have no force or effect.

House Appropriations
FY2020 USDA Budget

House Ways and Means
Markup of the Prescription Drug Sunshine, Transparency, Accountability and Reporting Act" (STAR Act)

House Financial Services
The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury

Senate Armed Services
Air Force Modernization

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.1065 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide grants to assist States in developing and implementing plans to address cybersecurity threats or vulnerabilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 04/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

 

Energy

H.R.2139 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to improve pipeline safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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...

H.R.2114 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide Federal financial assistance to States to implement, review, and revise State energy security plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1064 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the national security implications of building ethane and other natural-gas-liquids-related petrochemical infrastructure in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 04/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Health

H.R.2131 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate a provision under the Medicare Advantage program that inadvertently penalizes Medicare Advantage plans for providing high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/08/2019 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.2117 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To improve the health and safety of Americans living with food allergies and related disorders, including potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2115 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide greater transparency of discounts provided by drug manufacturers.
Sponsor: Rep. Spanberger, Abigail Davis [D-VA-7] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/08/2019 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...

 

Financial Services

H.R.2126 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from providing bailouts or other financial assistance to a pension plan of a State or political subdivision thereof, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Education and Labor, Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 04/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.2120 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish a universal personal savings program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House - 04/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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.1063 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise the rules of the Commission relating to general solicitation or general advertising, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 04/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Tax

S.1062 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide authorization for nonpecuniary damages in an action resulting from a cruise ship accident occurring on the high seas.
Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 04/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Transportation

S.1062 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide authorization for nonpecuniary damages in an action resulting from a cruise ship accident occurring on the high seas.
Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 04/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 04/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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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