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 two bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #157, Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Senate Amendment to H.R. 2157 - Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 354 - 58, ROLL CALL 232
    • H.R. 2940 - To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through September 30, 2019
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED 357 - 55, ROLL CALL 233
    • H.R. 1261 - National Landslide Preparedness Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • H.R. 559 - Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • Approval of the Journal
      • - APPROVED 206 - 189 - 1, ROLL CALL 234

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • H.R. 6 – American Dream and Promise Act (Rep. Roybal-Allard – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)
  • Suspensions (2 bills)
    • H.Res. 393 – Remembering the victims of the violent suppression of democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and elsewhere in China on June 3 and 4, 1989 and calling on the Government of the People’s Republic of China to respect the universally recognized human rights of all people living in China and around the World, as amended (Rep. McGovern – Foreign Affairs)
    • S. 1379 – Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (Sen. Burr – Energy and Commerce)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1332, to set forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2020 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2021 through 2029 (Paul); not invoked: 22-69.
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #157, Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security; invoked: 74-17.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed S.1328: DETER Act.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #157, Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 5:45pm the Senate will resume legislative session and the Senate will vote on adoption of S.Res.212, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, providing for women's suffrage, to the Constitution of the United States.
  • Following disposition of the resolution, all post-cloture time on the Saul nomination be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Saul nomination, the Senate will vote on the cloture motions for:
    • Executive Calendar #224, David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs)
    • Executive Calendar #162, Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
    • Executive Calendar #163, Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity
  • Therefore, senators should expect 5 roll call votes starting at 5:45pm.
  • As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following items:
    • Executive Calendar #157, Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security for the term expiring January 19, 2025.
    • Executive Calendar #224, David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).
    • Executive Calendar #162, Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
    • Executive Calendar #163, Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2024.
    • Executive Calendar #198, Susan Combs, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
    • Executive Calendar #39, Ryan T. Holte, of Ohio, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.
    • Executive Calendar #40, Rossie David Alston, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
    • Executive Calendar #56, Richard A. Hertling, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.
  • Tuesday, June 4th at 5:45pm – 5 roll call votes:
    1. Adoption of S.Res.212, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, providing for women's suffrage, to the Constitution of the United States
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #157, Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security for the term expiring January 19, 2025
    3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #224, David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs)
    4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #162 Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    5. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #163 Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2024

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Senate Banking
Confronting Threats from China

House Oversight and Reform
Facial Recognition Technology (Part II): Ensuring Transparency in Government Use

House Energy and Commerce
Investing in America's Health Care

House Ways and Means
Member Day

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Expanded Deployment of Grid-Scale Energy Storage

House Appropriations
FY2020 Appropriations Markups: THUD and Agriculture

House Energy and Commerce
STELAR Review: Protecting Consumers in an Evolving Media Marketplace

House Armed Services
Personnel Subcommittee NDAA Markup

House Financial Services
Leveraged Lending

House Foreign Affairs
Eradicating Ebola: Building on Lessons Learned & Medical Advancements

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Health

H.R.3062 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To repeal changes made by health care reform laws to the Medicare exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 06/03/2019) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/03/2019 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.3058 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a program to address the health crisis of insufficient vaccinations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 06/03/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3054 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to modify the reductions in Medicaid DSH allotments.
Sponsor: Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (Introduced 06/03/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

Tax

H.R.3063 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To regulate certain State taxation of interstate commerce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] (Introduced 06/03/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Judiciary
Latest Action: House - 06/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

 

Transportation

H.R.3060 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for reform and reorganization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] (Introduced 06/03/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Transportation and Infrastructure, Small Business, Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, Judiciary, Financial Services, Homeland Security
Latest Action: House - 06/03/2019 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Small Business, Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, Financial Services, and Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by...

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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