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 H.R. 987 – Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #24, Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 377 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 312 - Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act and of the bill H.R. 987 - MORE Health Education Act and of the bill H.R. 5 - Equality Act 
      • - PASSED 228 - 189 - 1, ROLL CALL 205
    • Adoption of H. Res. 377 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 312 - Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act and of the bill H.R. 987 - MORE Health Education Act and of the bill H.R. 5 - Equality Act
      • - ADOPTED 229 - 188, ROLL CALL 206
    • 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
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 323 - 96, ROLL CALL 208
    • H.R. 1892- Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2019
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 415 - 0, ROLL CALL 209
    • Passage of H.R. 312 - Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act
      • - PASSED 275 - 146, ROLL CALL 207

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • H.R. 987 – Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (Rep. Blunt Rochester – Energy and Commerce/Education and Labor)
  • The Rule, which was adopted today, provides for 90 minutes of general debate with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor.
  • The Rule also made in order 27 amendments.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #202, Kenneth Kiyul Lee, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; confirmed: 52-45.
    2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #24, Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana; invoked: 51-45.
    3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State; invoked: 90-5.
    4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #230, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to be Deputy Attorney General; invoked: 52-44.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.178: National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
    • Completed 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 Thursday, May 16, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #24, Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, post-cloture.
  • At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will vote on (1) confirmation of the Vitter nomination and (2) confirmation of Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #230, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to be Deputy Attorney General.
  • 12:00 Noon – 2 roll call votes:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #24, Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State
  • 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #230, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to be Deputy Attorney General

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Intelligence
China’s Digital Authoritarianism

House Financial Services
Oversight of Prudential Regulators

House Natural Resources
Oil and Gas Development

Senate Judiciary
DETER Act/Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act Markup

House Ways and Means
Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis

House Appropriations
State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Markup

Alliance for Health Policy
Prescription Drug Patents: Balancing Innovation, Access, and Affordability

House Oversight and Reform
CFPB's Role in Empowering Predatory Lenders: Examining the Proposed Repeal of the Payday Lending Rule

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.2764 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Clean Air Act to create a national zero-emission vehicle standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.2748 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal Governments and other entities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House - Natural Resources
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.2741 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To rebuild and modernize the Nation's infrastructure to expand access to broadband and Next Generation 9-1-1, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, and protect public health and the environment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (30)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Science, Space, and Technology, Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Science, Space, and Technology, Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the...

S.1487 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to create a national zero-emission vehicle standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.1482 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to establish an integrated national approach to respond to ongoing and expected effects of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, managing, and conserving the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States, and to maximize Government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and Tribal governments and other entities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate - Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Financial Services

H.R.2761 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to immediately release certain grant funds awarded for mitigation activities under the Community Development Block Grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie [D-TX-7] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2753 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require certain consumer reporting agencies to include a credit score when providing consumers with a free annual consumer report.
Sponsor: Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.2743 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To repeal the Office of Financial Research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.2774 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require coverage without a deductible of certain primary care services by high deductible health plans.
Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2771 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to revise regulations with respect to payment rates for durable medical equipment under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 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.2770 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility for individuals disabled by Huntington's disease.
Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (55)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2757 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for adjustments to the Medicare part D cost-sharing reductions for low-income individuals.
Sponsor: Rep. Cunningham, Joe [D-SC-1] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 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.1497 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve cost and quality transparency under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1476 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility for individuals disabled by Huntington's disease.
Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.2772 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate advance refunding bonds.
Sponsor: Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2766 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To nullify certain memorandum of the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service regarding the application of the excise tax on heavy trucks and trailers to certain chassis renovations.
Sponsor: Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.1475 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to extend and modify certain charitable tax provisions
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 05/15/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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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