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 consider H.R. 986 – Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • H.R. 1503 - Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
            • - PASSED 422 - 0, ROLL CALL 187
    • H.R. 1520- Purple Book Continuity Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED 421 - 0, ROLL CALL 188
    • H.R. 1328 - ACCESS BROADBAND Act, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • H.R. 986 – Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019 (Rep. Kuster – Energy and Commerce) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Langevin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Brown Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Pressley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Harder Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Walden Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Holding Amendment #6 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Holding Amendment #7 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Porter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Pappas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rouda Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Malinowski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Wild Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #116, Joseph F. Bianco, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; confirmed: 54-42.
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #95, Kimberly A. Reed, of West Virginia, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; confirmed: 79-17.
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #89, Spencer Bachus III, of Alabama, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; confirmed: 77-19.
    4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #94, Judith DelZoppo Pryor, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; invoked:
    5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #100, Janet Dhillon, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; invoked: 52-44.
    6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #100, Janet Dhillon, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; confirmed: 50-43.
    7. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; invoked: 51-43.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.196, recognizing the American Peanut Shellers Assocation for a century of effective leadership in the peanut industry and the beneficial work of the peanut industry in the United States and State of Georgia.
    • Adopted S.Res.197, recognizing the roles and contributions of the teachers of the United States in building and enhancing the civic, cultural, and economic well-being of the United States.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, post-cloture.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Park nomination.
  • 1:45pm Thursday, May 9th – 1 roll call vote
    • 1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
Markup

CSIS
The Dangerous Consequences of Cutting U.S. Aid to the Northern Triangle

House Ways and Means
Understanding the Tax Gap and Taxpayer Noncompliance

House Science, Space, and Technology
Achieving the Promise of a Diverse STEM Workforce

House Small Business
The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship

House Agriculture
Reviewing the State of the Farm Economy

House Energy and Commerce
Lowering Prescription Drug Prices: Deconstructing the Drug Supply Chain

House Oversight and Reform
The Trump Administration's Response to the Drug Crisis, Part II

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2605 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a final rule adding as a class all perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances with at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom to the list of hazardous air pollutants under section 112(b) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7412(b)), and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stevens, Haley M. [D-MI-11] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2600 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2597 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a market-oriented standard for clean electric energy generation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 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...

H.R.2596 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Toxic Substances Control Act with respect to manufacturing and processing notices for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2591 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To prohibit the waste incineration of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2588 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the effects of oxybenzone and octinoxate on the environment and public health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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.1372 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to encourage Federal agencies to expeditiously enter into or amend cooperative agreements with States for removal and remedial actions to address PFAS contamination in drinking, surface, and ground water and land surface and subsurface strata, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 05/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1371 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the effects of oxybenzone and octinoxate on the environment and public health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 05/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1359 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a market-oriented standard for clean electric energy generation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 05/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2578 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2572 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to clarify the definition of a deposit broker, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.2602 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to improve Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program for low-income mothers.
Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2594 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for payments for certain rural health clinic and Federally qualified health center services furnished to hospice patients under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 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...

H.R.2582 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to require the Attorney General to make procurement quotas for opioid analgesics publicly available, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.2580 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to deem drugs or other substances that act as mu opioid receptor agonists to be in schedule I, subject to exceptions for substances intended for legitimate medical or research use, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.2573 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve home health payment reforms under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 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...

S.1374 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill 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: Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 05/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1366 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to require the Attorney General to make procurement quotas for opioid analgesics publicly available, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate - 05/08/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Tax

H.R.2604 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the marriage penalty in the income tax rate brackets.
Sponsor: Rep. Steube, W. Gregory [R-FL-17] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2593 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to collect data and issue a report on the opportunity zone tax incentives enacted by the 2017 tax reform legislation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 05/08/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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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