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  • 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. 1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #105, Cheryl Marie Stanton, of South Carolina, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 294 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1644 - Save the Internet Act of 2019 and of the bill H.R. 2021 - Investing for the People Act of 2019
      • - PASSED 225 - 182, ROLL CALL 160
    • Adoption of H. Res. 294 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1644 - Save the Internet Act of 2019 and of the bill H.R. 2021 - Investing for the People Act of 2019
      • - ADOPTED 219 - 201, ROLL CALL 161
    • H.R. 1759 - BRIDGE for Workers Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 393 - 24, ROLL CALL 162
    • H.R. 1957 - Taxpayer First Act of 2019
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • Amendments to H.R. 1644:
      • Burgess (R-TX) - Amendment No. 1 - Directs GAO to initiate a study to examine the influence of all entities on the virtuous cycle of the internet ecosystem and whether such rules protect the access of consumers to a free and open internet. 
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Latta (R-OH) - Amendment No. 2 - Requires the FCC to share the list of 700 rules that will be permanently forborne by the FCC should this bill become law. 
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Waters (D-CA) - Amendment No. 3 - Directs the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress examining the importance of 2015 Open Internet Order to ethnic and racial minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, rural populations, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly. 
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Delgado (D-NY) - Amendment No. 4 - Requires GAO to produce a report, within 1 year, reviewing the benefits to consumers of broadband internet access providers offering broadband internet access service on a standalone basis and what steps Congress can take to increase the availability of standalone broadband internet access service to consumers, particularly those living in rural areas.
        • - VOTE REQUESTED
      • Porter (D-CA) - Amendment No. 5 - Requires the FCC to submit a report, within 1 year of enactment, to the Committees of Jurisdiction that describes all enforcement actions taken since enactment by the FCC with respect to persons engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, including the amount of each fine imposed or settlement agreed to, the actions taken by the FCC to collect such fines and settlements, and the amounts collected for such fines and settlements.
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Wexton (D-VA) - Amendment No. 6 - Requires the Federal Communications Commission to submit to Congress within 30 days a plan for how the Commission will evaluate and address problems with the collection on Form 477 of data regarding the deployment of broadband Internet access service. Form 477 is used by the FCC to determine which providers are servicing which areas and it is the government’s main source of data used for identifying underserved areas of opportunity.
        • - VOTE REQUESTED

 

Today

  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019 (Rep. Doyle – Energy and Commerce)
  • The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for no further general debate and made in order 12 amendments.
  • As of tonight, the House has completed debate through Wexton Amendment #6.  Members should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate time tomorrow.
  • Postponed Amendment Votes (2):
    • Delgado Amendment
    • Wexton Amendment

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #21, Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; invoked: 55-42.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #21, Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; confirmed: 57-42.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #27, Patrick R. Wyrick, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; invoked: 53-46.
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #27, Patrick R. Wyrick, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; confirmed: 53-47.
    • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #105, Cheryl Marie Stanton, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor; invoked: 53-47.
  • Legislative Business
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.1585, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.
    • Adopted S.Res.151: re: Legal Counsel.
    • Discharged S.846, Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act, from Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and referred it to Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
    • Received the papers on H.R. 2030, Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. As the text is identical to S.1057, pursuant to the agreement reached during yesterday’s session, the bill was passed.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:45am on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #105, Cheryl Marie Stanton, of South Carolina, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.
  • At 11:45am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Stanton nomination; confirmation of 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 (the cloture motion was withdrawn during Tuesday’s session); and the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #31, Holly A. Brady, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.
  • Additional roll call votes are expected throughout Wednesday’s session. Messages will be sent as the confirmation and cloture votes are scheduled.
  • Wednesday at 11:45am – up to 3 roll call votes:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #105, Cheryl Marie Stanton, of South Carolina, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor;
    2. Confirmation of 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 (voice vote possible); and
    3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #31, Holly A. Brady, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.
  • Cloture petitions are also pending on the following nominations:
    • 1) Executive Calendar #31, Holly A. Brady, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
    • 2) Executive Calendar #30, David Steven Morales, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas
    • 3) Executive Calendar #200 David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Interior.
  • If cloture is invoked on the first 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 Ways and Means
Comprehensive Legislative Proposals to Enhance Social Security

House Financial Services
Holding Megabanks Accountable

House Natural Resources
U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management

House Foreign Affairs
The Importance of U.S. Assistance to Central America

Senate Commerce
Broadband Mapping: Challenges and Solutions

House Energy and Commerce
Investing in America's Energy Infrastructure

Senate Finance
The 2019 Tax Filing Season and the 21st Century IRS

House Energy and Commerce
Getting Answers on the Rising Cost of Insulin

House Appropriations
FY2020 Department of Transportation Budget Request

Senate Commerce
Pipeline Safety: Federal Oversight and Stakeholder Perspectives

Senate Judiciary
Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2152 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued under section 7 of the Natural Gas as such certificate applies to the Weymouth Compressor Station, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.1097 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to improve pipeline safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.1081 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to provide permanent, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

 

Health

H.R.2183 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to streamline the State innovation waiver process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Marshall, Roger W. [R-KS-1] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 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.2182 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish certain duties for pharmacies to ensure provision of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraception, medication related to contraception, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2178 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the waiting periods for disability insurance benefits and Medicare coverage for individuals with metastatic breast cancer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2177 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make members of health care sharing ministries eligible to establish health savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-16] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (21)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2172 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the matching requirement for a territory to use specially allocated Federal funds for Medicare covered part D drugs for low-income individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2163 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for tax-advantaged distributions from health savings accounts during family or medical leave, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2150 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 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.2143 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To prevent wasteful and abusive billing of ancillary services to the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 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.1089 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the amendments made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which disqualify expenses for over-the-counter drugs under health savings accounts and health flexible spending arrangements.
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1086 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish certain duties for pharmacies to ensure provision of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraception, medication related to contraception, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2176 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To repeal certain provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and revive the separation between commercial banking and the securities business, in the manner provided in the Banking Act of 1933, the so-called "Glass-Steagall Act", and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (25)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2162 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to discount FHA single-family mortgage insurance premium payments for first-time homebuyers who complete a financial literacy housing counseling program.
Sponsor: Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2157 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Appropriations, Budget
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on 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 the committee concerned.

S.1099 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from carrying out seizures relating to a structuring transaction unless the property to be seized derived from an illegal source or the funds were structured for the purpose of concealing the violation of another criminal law or regulation, to require notice and a post-seizure hearing for such seizures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.2147 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the definition of income for purposes of determining the tax-exempt status of certain mutual or cooperative telephone or electric companies.
Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1094 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify limitations on the credit for plug-in electric drive motor vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1090 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Internal Revenue Service to provide Congress with sufficient notice prior to the closing of any Taxpayer Assistance Center.
Sponsor: Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Trade

H.R.2154 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To authorize additional appropriations to the Federal Trade Commission to prevent unfair or deceptive acts or practices relating to digital tokens and transactions relating to digital tokens, and to require a report to Congress on the Commission's actions related to digital tokens.
Sponsor: Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

 

Transportation

H.R.2164 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require any bus purchased for use in public transportation with funds provided by the Federal Transit Administration to be a zero emission bus, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House - 04/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1098 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to improve the transportation alternatives program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 04/09/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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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