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 consider one bill under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #202, Kenneth Kiyul Lee, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • H.R. 299 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 410 - 0, ROLL CALL 203
    • H.R. 2379 - To reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 400 - 9, ROLL CALL 204
    • H.R. 1594 - First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1313 - Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1437 - Securing Department of Homeland Security Firearms Act of 2019 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1912 - DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2019 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1892 - Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2019 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - VOTE ORDERED
    • H.R. 2066 - DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program of 2019 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 2578 - National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 389 - Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act, as amended
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1060 - BUILD Act 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 1037 - Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2019 
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • H.R. 312 – Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (Rep. Keating – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources.
  • Suspension (1 bill)
    • H.R. 375 – To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes (Rep. Cole – Natural Resources)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote (1 vote)
    • H.R. 1892 – Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2019 (Rep. Watson Coleman – Homeland Security)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #25, Michael J. Truncale, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; confirmed: 49-46.
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #202, Kenneth Kiyul Lee, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; invoked: 50-45.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed Calendar #82, S.1231, Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.
    • Adopted S.Res.209, designating the week of May 12 through May 18, 2019 as “National Police Week”.
    • Adopted S.Res.210, supporting the designation of May 15, 2019, as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day”.
    • Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
      1. H.R.986, Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019
      2. H.R.2157, Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #202, Kenneth Kiyul Lee, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • Roll call votes are expected after 5:00pm during Wednesday’s session. Another message will be sent when they are scheduled.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #202, Kenneth Kiyul Lee, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit (30 hours)
    2. Executive Calendar #24, Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2 hours)
    3. Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State (2 hours)
    4. Executive Calendar #230, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to be Deputy Attorney General (2 hours)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
Oversight of Financial Regulators

House Energy and Commerce
Oversight of the FCC

House Science, Space, and Technology
Solar and Wind Energy Technologies

House Ways and Means
The Economic and Health Consequences of Climate Change

Senate Appropriations
Treasury Department FY2020 Budget Request

House Agriculture
To Review USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs

House Financial Services
Promoting Economic Growth: A Review of Proposals to Strengthen the Rights and Protections for Workers

House Budget
Retirement Security in the 21st Century

House Homeland Security
Markup

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Status of the Boeing 737 MAX

Senate Commerce
FAA Administrator Nomination Hearing

House Financial Services
Assessing the Use of Sanctions

Senate Rules & Administration
Oversight of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Senate Small Business
Reauthorization of the SBA’s Innovation Programs

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Power Marketing Administrations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.1466 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish a grant program within the Department of Labor to support the creation, implementation, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.
Sponsor: Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 05/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Energy

H.R.2711 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (30 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to require the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations to reduce and prevent gas waste and to enhance gas measuring and reporting, to codify a final rule of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding certain emission standards for the oil and natural gas sector, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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.2699 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Armed Services, Budget, Rules
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Armed Services, the Budget, and Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall...

 

Health

H.R.2734 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require certain practitioners authorized to prescribe controlled substances to complete continuing education.
Sponsor: Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 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.2732 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to require warning labels for prescription opioids, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stanton, Greg [D-AZ-9] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 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.2715 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for State approval and implementation of specified waivers under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Rep. Green, Mark E. [R-TN-7] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2710 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to innovative new medical devices furnished to individuals with end stage renal disease under part B of the Medicare program by establishing a new device add-on payment adjustment under such part.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 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.2700 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To incentivize low-cost drug options and generic competition, and to provide extensions for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (29)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 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.2693 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and utilization of, bone mass measurement benefits under part B of the Medicare program by establishing a minimum payment amount under such part for bone mass measurement.
Sponsor: Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 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.1449 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to require warning labels for prescription opioids, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 05/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1448 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require certain practitioners authorized to prescribe controlled substances to complete continuing education.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate - 05/14/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Tax

H.R.2718 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include green infrastructure bonds in the definition of qualified private activity bonds.
Sponsor: Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2704 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for transfers of the renewable electricity production credit and the energy credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Trade

H.R.2690 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to provide adjustment assistance to farmers adversely affected by reduced exports resulting from tariffs imposed as retaliation for United States tariff increases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] (Introduced 05/14/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/14/2019 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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