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 Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #25, Michael J. Truncale, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Perlmutter (D-CO) – Amendment No. 1 - Increases funding by $5 million for NOAA’s weather forecasting, modeling, and cloud computing programs, including the Earth Prediction Innovation Center
      • - ADOPTED 247 - 165, ROLL CALL 197
    • Radewagen (R-AS) – Amendment No. 2 - Amends the dollar amount of nutritional assistance for American Samoa from $5,000,000 to $18,000,000
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Sablan (D-MP) – Amendment No. 3 - Increases funding for waste water treatment plants impacted by Typhoon Yutu by $8,800,000 based on EPA cost estimates for repair and resiliency updated on March 20, 2019.
      • - ADOPTED 268 - 143, ROLL CALL 198
    • Dunn (R-FL) – Amendment No. 4 - Increases the amount of MilCon funding for the Air Force by $300,000,000 and the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy by $385,000,000 to expedite the rebuild of installations affected by 2018 hurricanes
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Cunningham (D-SC), Young (R-AK), Turner (R-OH), Fortenberry (R-NE), Dunn (R-FL), Murphy (D-FL), Lawson (D-FL), Clyburn (D-SC), Bishop, Rob (R-UT) – Amendment No. 5 - Increases Air Force Operations and Maintenance by $270 million
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Huffman (D-CA), Rouda (D-CA), Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 6 - Prohibits funds in the bill from being used to enforce regulations requiring within two years construction of agency relief projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration
      • - ADOPTED 241 - 168, ROLL CALL 199
    • Schrier (D-WA), Brindisi (D-NY), Newhouse (R-WA), Harder (D-CA), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – Amendment No. 7 - Limits the matching requirement for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Fletcher (D-TX), Graves, Garret (R-LA), Rouzer (R-NC), Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 8 - Shortens the time requirement of the publication of rules of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Fund in Public Law 115-123
      • - ADOPTED 393 - 20, ROLL CALL 200
    • Axne (D-IA), Fortenberry (R-NE) – Amendment No. 9 - Increases the Emergency Watershed Program by $310 million
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Axne (D-IA) – Amendment No. 10 - Increases the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program by $500 million
      • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 2157
      • - REJECTED 189 - 215, ROLL CALL 201
    • Passage of H.R. 2157 - Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019
      • - PASSED 257 - 150, ROLL CALL 202
    • Approval of the Journal
      • - APPROVED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, May 13, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #25, Michael J. Truncale, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Truncale nomination.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #25, Michael J. Truncale, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas (2 hours)
    2. Executive Calendar #202, Kenneth Kiyul Lee, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit (30 hours)
    3. Executive Calendar #24, Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2 hours)
    4. Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State (2 hours)
  • On Monday we expect McConnell to file cloture on Executive Calendar #230, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to be Deputy Attorney General. The vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Rosen nomination will take place upon disposition of the Bulatao nomination.
  • The official photograph of the 116th Congress will be taken at 2:15pm on Tuesday, May 14th. Senators are asked to be on the floor at that time.
  • Monday at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #25, Michael J. Truncale, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.2683 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To increase consumer protection with respect to negative option agreements entered into on the Internet, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] (Introduced 05/10/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/10/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Energy

H.R.2665 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a smart energy and water efficiency program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 05/10/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House - 05/10/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall...

H.R.2664 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] (Introduced 05/10/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House - 05/10/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of...

 

Financial Services

H.R.2684 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Federal Insurance Office of the Department of the Treasury to conduct a study to identify disparities between communities in auto insurance costs and payout amounts based on the predominant racial makeup of such communities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] (Introduced 05/10/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/10/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.2668 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend section 330B of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize special programs for Type I diabetes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] (Introduced 05/10/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/10/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2666 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide payment under part A of the Medicare Program on a reasonable cost basis for anesthesia services furnished by an anesthesiologist in certain rural hospitals in the same manner as payments are provided for anesthesia services furnished by anesthesiologist assistants and certified registered nurse anesthetists in such hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] (Introduced 05/10/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/10/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Tax

H.R.2679 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow tax free distributions from section 529 college savings plans for certain expenses associated with registered apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1] (Introduced 05/10/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/10/2019 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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