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 the motion to proceed to S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Division D – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
      • Raskin (D-MD) – Amendment No. 195 - Increases and decreases funding by $1,000,000 for Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps in order to support construction projects on military facilities and facilities that serve the military community where health and safety are at risk
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Wasserman-Schultz En Bloc #6
      • Lesko (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 196 - Increases and decreases the Veterans Health Administration account by $3,000,000 to be directed towards female only inpatient clinics
      • McCarthy (R-CA) – Amendment No. 197 - Increases and decreases funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Construction, Major Projects account by $39.732 million to support the timely completion of construction of VA facilities authorized by Public Law 111-82
      • Lynch (D-MA) – Amendment No. 200 - Increases funding for Medical Services by $1 million, with the intention of it being directed to Public-Private Partnerships to reduce veteran suicides. It will be offset by a reduction to the General Administration Account
      • Barr (R-KY) – Amendment No. 201 - Transfers $5,000,000 from the VHA’s Medical Community of Care Account to the VHA’s Medical Services account for the explicit use for the VA’s Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG) Program equine assisted therapy, given the promising results reported using equine assisted therapy for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder
      • Welch (D-VT) – Amendment No. 202 - Increases and decreases funding for the VA medical services account by $1 million for the purpose of encouraging the VA to collaborate with states on their efforts to conduct educational outreach and help veterans enroll in the burn pits registry
      • Allen (R-GA), Hice (R-GA) – Amendment No. 203 - Increases and decreases Military Construction, Army by $37,000,000 to fulfill the President’s budget request for construction of the Cyber Instructional Facility at Fort Gordon
      • Connolly (D-VA) – Amendment No. 204 - Increases and decreases VAOIG funding by $1,000,000 to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General to devote sufficient resources to oversight of the Washington DC VA Medical Center
      • Bost (R-IL) – Amendment No. 205 - Increases and decreases by $1,000,000 to emphasize the positive pro-bono legal services done by public university law schools to help veterans and their dependents in underserved areas
      • Sewell (D-AL) – Amendment No. 207 - Adds and subtracts funding from the Medical Community Care account to instruct the Veterans Health Administration to prioritize funding for the modernization of medical transportation programs for Veterans, particularly those who are rural, underserved or female
      • Ruiz (D-CA), Welch (D-VT) – Amendment No. 209 - Increases and decreases funding to VA Medical Services account by $1,000,000 to conduct educational outreach to veterans to enroll in the burn pits registry, additional research using the registry, and other activities concerning the maintenance of the registry
      • Johnson, Mike (R-LA), Abraham (R-LA) – Amendment No. 210 - Increases and decreases funds by $1 to show Congressional intent for the Army to prioritize modernization funding for its Combat Development Centers (CDC) in order to properly prepare and equip the Army for training scenarios
      • Johnson, Mike (R-LA), Abraham (R-LA) – Amendment No. 211 - Increases and decreases funds by $1 to show Congressional intent to ensure the Air Force continues to follow its revised plan for construction and upgrades to the Weapons Generation Facility enterprise and its critical function to the national security interests of the United States
      • Gottheimer (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 212 - Increases and decrease funding for the General Administration Fund at the VA by $1 million to address staffing shortages across the board at the VA
      • Gottheimer (D-NJ), Rose, Max (D-NY) – Amendment No. 213 - Increases funding by $5 million for the Veterans Health Administration to hire more mental health professionals, the most needed occupation according to the VA's Inspector General
      • Steil (R-WI) – Amendment No. 214 - Increases and decreases by $1,000,000 to express the Congressional intent that the VA suicide prevention and treatment programs should be adequately funded
      • Blunt Rochester (D-DE) – Amendment No. 215 - Increases and decreases by $1,000,000 the Veterans Health Administration medical services account for the purpose of expressing concern over uncompensated care for veterans under a certain service-connected disability rating at State veterans nursing homes. This includes uncompensated dental care for veterans without a 100% disability rating and pharmacy co-pay for veterans with less than a 70% rating
      • Hill, French (R-AR) – Amendment No. 216 - Transfers $1.5 million from the General Administration account to programs within the Medical Services account, including homeless assistance programs and suicide prevention outreach.
      • Carbajal (D-CA) – Amendment No. 217 - Increases and decreases funding by $5,000,000 to direct the Secretary to change the phone system to have local Community Based Outpatient Center answer calls rather than having all calls routed to the major VA Medical Centers in an effort to reduce wait times for veterans on the phone and to provide more timely health services
      • Carbajal (D-CA) – Amendment No. 218 - Provides $3 million for the Veterans Transportation Program to assist veterans in attending to all their medical appointments in a timely manner
      • Porter (D-CA), Gosar (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 222 - Increases funding by $1,000,000 for the Veterans Crisis Line
      • Porter (D-CA), Kuster (D-NH), Adams (D-NC) – Amendment No. 223 - Increases funding by $2,000,000 for VA homeless assistance programs to combat Veteran homelessness
      • Pappas (D-NH) – Amendment No. 224 - Increases and decreases by $10 million to specify improvements to the environment of care for women veterans in VA facilities should be made
      • Kim (D-NJ), Norcross (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 225 - Increases and decreases the Air Force account by $7,000,000 to address road safety issues at military bases
      • Houlahan (D-PA), Adams (D-NC), Luria (D-VA) – Amendment No. 227 - Increases the Veterans Health Administration Medical Services’ account by $1.7 million in order to increase the minimum amount that must spent on gender-specific care for women at the VA with an appropriate offset
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Blumenauer (D-OR) – Amendment No. 198 - Prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs from interfering with a veteran’s participation in a state medical cannabis program, denying a veteran who participates in a state medical cannabis program from being denied VA services, and interfering with the ability of VA health care providers to recommend participation in state medical cannabis programs
        • - WITHDRAWN
      • Walberg (R-MI), Rutherford (R-FL) – Amendment No. 199 - Prohibits the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce proposed rules limiting veterans’ ability to access care from a prosthetist of their choice
        • - WITHDRAWN
      • Bost (D-IL), Lipinski (D-IL) – Amendment No. 206 - None of the funds in this bill can be used in contravention of the Executive Order titled "Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects."
        • - REJECTED 373 -51, ROLL CALL 396
      • Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 208 - Reduces funds made available to division D by 8.2 percent
        • - NOT OFFERED
      • Cunningham (D-SC), Ratcliffe (R-TX) – Amendment No. 219 - Prevents any military construction funding from being used towards a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Golden (D-ME), Fulcher (R-ID) – Amendment No. 220 - Increases funds for the VA Medical Facilities account by $5 million
        • - ADOPTED 418 - 6, ROLL CALL 397
      • McAdams (D-UT), Axne (D-IA), Stivers (R-OH), Barr (R-KY), Allred (D-TX), Gonzalez, Anthony (R-OH) – Amendment No. 221 - Increases and decreases by $1 with the intent to instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an implementation plan, including expected timeline and resource requirements, for the Department of Veterans Affairs to complete the requirements of Section 302 of Public Law 115- 174
        • - ADOPTED 420 - 3, ROLL CALL 398
      • Cunningham (D-SC) – Amendment No. 226 - Prohibits funds to future defense projects that do not conform with military resilience standards - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Kim (D-NJ), Norcross (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 228 - Increases and decreases the Army Reserve account by $7,000,000 to address road safety issues at military bases
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • One Minutes (Unlimited)
  • **Following one-minute speeches, the House is expected to recess until approximately 3:00 p.m. At that time, the House will reconvene and debate the two bills listed for consideration under the suspension of the Rules.  After suspension debate, the House will resume consideration of amendments to H.R. 3055, beginning with Division E (Transportation and Housing and Urban Development).  Members should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate time tomorrow.
  • Suspensions (2 bills)
    • H.R. 2109 – BRAVE Act (Rep. Rice (NY) – Veterans’ Affairs)
    • H.R. 2196 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Rep. Barr – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Continue Consideration of H.R. 3055 – Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020 (Rep. Serrano – Appropriations)
  • The Rule, which was adopted last week, allows for no further general debate, made in order 290 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here.
  • As of Friday, the House has completed amendment consideration through Division D (Military Construction and Veterans Affairs).

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, June 24, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. At 5:30pm, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed. When the motion to proceed is adopted, we expect a substitute amendment to be offered.
  • Monday, June 24 at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
    1. Adoption of the motion to proceed to S.1790, NDAA

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

H.R.3412 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To protect the administration of Federal elections against cybersecurity threats.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - House Administration, Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), 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.3407 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To strengthen the competitiveness of the United States, to modernize and reform the United States Export Finance Agency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3417 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient improvements and rural and quality improvements under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 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...

H.R.3416 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for health equity and access for returning troops and servicemembers, to provide for ambulatory surgical payment transparency under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Armed Services
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction...

H.R.3415 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require prescription drug plan sponsors to include real-time benefit information as part of such sponsor's electronic prescription program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Slotkin, Elissa [D-MI-8] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 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.3414 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions to help combat the opioid crisis.
Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 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...

H.R.3408 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require prescription drug plan sponsors to include real-time benefit information as part of such sponsor's electronic prescription program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 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.3406 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve measurements under the skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing program under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1] (Introduced 06/21/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/21/2019 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...

 

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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