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 complete consideration of H.R. 3055. The Senate will resume consideration of S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • H.R. 2109 - BRAVE Act
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • 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
      • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
        • - PASSED BY VOICE
    • Amendments to H.R. 3055:
      • Division E – Transportation and Housing and Urban Development
      • Woodall (R-GA) – Amendment No. 229 - Strikes section 193
        • - REJECTED BY VOICE
      • Price (D-NC) En Bloc #7
      • DeSaulnier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 230 - Increases and decreases funding for the Research and Technology account at the Department of Transportation by $2 million to support a study on the impacts climate change has already had and will continue to have on all modes of transportation
      • Norton (D-DC), Beyer (D-VA), Schakowsky (D-IL), Suozzi (D-NY), Gallego (D-AZ), Khanna (D-CA), Panetta (D-CA), Peters (D-CA), Quigley (D-IL), Raskin (D-MD), Sherman (D-CA) – Amendment No. 236 - Increases and decreases by $1 the FAA Operations budget with the intent to urge the FAA to prioritize efforts to combat airplane and helicopter noise
      • Waters (D-CA) – Amendment No. 238 - Transfers $5 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development administrative and support offices account to the Homeless Assistance Grants program for technical assistance to improve system responses to youth homelessness and improve data collection on youth homelessness
      • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 242 - Increases and decreases the National Infrastructure Investments account by $10,000,000 to support urban bicycle and pedestrian safety programs.
      • Langevin (D-RI) – Amendment No. 245 - Provides $800,000 for the Access Board to study in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems as described in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
      • Foster (D-IL) – Amendment No. 250 - Add and remove $1 from capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure to highlight the disparity between State apportionments.
      • Keating (D-MA) – Amendment No. 252 - Increases and decreases by $5,000,000 funding to support the design of projects to replace federally owned bridge infrastructure that is designated as an evacuation route
      • Sewell (D-AL) – Amendment No. 254 - Adds and removes $1 from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation to instruct the Department to prioritize funding and resources for the modernization and expansion of non-emergency medical transportation programs. The Secretary should submit to Congress an analysis on how the Department can better address transportation barriers, which is a critical social determinant of health
      • Bera (D-CA), Cisneros (D-CA) – Amendment No. 256 - Increases funding for DoT Low or No Emission Vehicle Program by $2 million offset by a cut to the Office of the Secretary
      • Adams (D-NC) – Amendment No. 260 - Transfers $2 million from the Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Facilities and Equipment account (Terminal Programs) for the purpose increasing availability of funds for replacing Terminal Air Traffic Control Facilities.
      • Adams (D-NC), Pressley (D-MA) – Amendment No. 261 - Increases funding for senior housing by $1 million through the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program
      • Adams (D-NC) – Amendment No. 262 - Increases funding by $2 million for the tenant-based rental assistance program
      • Maloney, Sean (D-NY) – Amendment No. 264 - Decreases and then increases funding for Transportation Planning, Research, and Development by $1 million for the purposes of encouraging the Department of Transportation to research implementing connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies at Highway Rail Grade Crossings
      • Plaskett (D-VI) – Amendment No. 266 - Provides for inclusion of the insular territories of the United States within the meaning of the term “areas of persistent poverty”
      • Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 269 - Removes and replaces $2 million from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund to support the Airport Noise And Environmental Streamlining subtitle of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
      • Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 270 - Transfers $1 million from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation to the Office of the Inspector General to support the FAA safety certification process audit
      • Blunt Rochester (D-DE) – Amendment No. 271 - Increase and decrease by $1,000,000 to the Homeless Grants Account under Housing and Urban Development title which funds HUD’s continuum of care for the purpose of expressing concern over consideration of transitional family housing grants under competitive grant assessments, especially regarding populations with special needs such as survivors of violence and those with substance use disorders. HUD should submit a study on the impact of awarding transitional family housing grants via competitive assessments and the effectiveness of these programs versus alternative programs in achieving long-term housing stability
      • Carbajal (D-CA) – Amendment No. 272 - Increases and decreases the DoT office of Research and Technology account by $500,000 for the Secretary of Transportation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on effective ways to measure the resilience of transportation systems and services to withstand natural disasters, natural hazards, and other potential disruptions
      • Levin, Mike (D-CA), Pressley (D-MA) – Amendment No. 275 - Increases and decreases by $1,5000,000 to support funding to study alternative methods for calculating Fair Market Rents in rental markets with rapidly rising rents
      • Omar (D-MN), Tlaib (D-MI), Kuster (D-NH), Khanna (D-CA) – Amendment No. 276 - Increases funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Manufactured Housing Program by $500,000, in order to protect the quality, safety and affordability of manufactured homes and to make homeownership more accessible
      • Schrier (D-WA) – Amendment No. 277 - Increases and decreases funding to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by $1,000,000 to support state efforts aimed at reducing distracted driving, properly securing vehicle loads, and other highways safety programs
      • Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 278 - Increases and decreases funding for the Small Community Air Service Development Program by $5 million to help small airports compete for air service
      • Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 279 - Increases and decreases funding for Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) planning grants by $5 million to be allocated to low-income communities
      • Porter (D-CA) – Amendment No. 280 - Increases funding within the Highway Infrastructure Program for the construction of electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling stations by $10,000,000
      • Phillips (D-MN) – Amendment No. 281 - Increases and decreases funding supporting capital investment grants by $1,000,000. These funds are used to invest in critical transit projects
      • Malinowski (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 283 - Codifies Congress’s intent that the Department of Transportation follow the law when determining a projects eligibility for Capital Investment Grants
      • Malinowski (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 285 - Increases and decreases funding for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) by $1,000,000 to enhance PHMSA’s Community Liaison Services’ ability to respond to pipeline-related inquiries from community members
      • Malinowski (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 286 - Increases funding for the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General by $1,000,000. Decreases funding for the Office of the Secretary by $1,000,000
      • Craig (D-MN) – Amendment No. 287 - Strikes and restore funding to address the concerns of communities affected by aircraft noise to urge the FAA to respond fully and completely to the requirements in the FAA Reauthorization Act pertaining to noise reduction
      • Finkenauer (D-IA) – Amendment No. 290 - Increases funding for the National Surface Transportation and Innovative Finance Bureau (Build America Bureau) to ensure rural communities can get technical assistance when seeking federal transportation infrastructure financing opportunities - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Price (D-NC) En Bloc #8
      • Meadows (R-NC) – Amendment No. 239 - Increases and decreases funding for the Department of Transportation to study economic authority certification to facilitate the operation of U.S.-based unmanned aircraft manufacturers and operators who receive venture capital and who carry cargo within U.S. airspace
      • Doggett (D-TX) – Amendment No. 240 - Increases funding for aviation safety activities at FAA by $7.5 million in order to ensure the implementation of second-class medical certificates for commercial balloon operators. It offsets this increase by reducing finance and management activities at the FAA by $7.5M
      • Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 243 - Increases and decreases by $2,000,000 funds for the Office of Inspector General account to investigate the Department’s delay in releasing over $5 billion in Hurricane Harvey Disaster Community Block Grant funds
      • Graves, Garret (R-LA) – Amendment No. 246 - Prohibits funding from being used to issue rules or guidance in contravention of Sec. 1210 of the FAA Reauthorization Act or Sec. 312 of the Stafford Act with regards to duplication of benefits
      • Lipinski (D-IL) – Amendment No. 247 - Removes and adds $1,000,000 from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) program for the purpose of instructing the Federal Railroad Administration to include preventive maintenance as an eligible capital expense for grants awarded to projects deploying Positive Train Control (PTC)
      • Bost (R-IL), Lipinski (D-IL) – Amendment No. 249 Prohibits the use of funds in contravention of Executive Order 13858, “Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects” issued on January 31, 2019
      • Burchett (R-TN) - Amendment No. 255 - Transfers $12,000,000 from the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary to the Highway Trust Fund
      • Spano (R-FL) – Amendment No. 257 - Increases funding for the commercial space transportation activities account by $8 million to the fiscal year 2019 authorized level. Reduces funding by $8 million for the finance and management activities account
      • Takano (D-CA), Calvert (D-CA), Boyle (D-PA), Cook (D-CA) – Amendment No. 259 - Prohibits the National Railroad Passenger Corporation from using funding under this Act in contravention of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
      • Kuster (D-NH), Green, Al (D-TX), Smith, Christopher (R-NJ), Levin, Mike (D-CA), Pappas (D-NH), Hill, Katie (D-CA), Rouda (D-CA), Porter (D-CA), Armstrong (R-ND), Rose, Max (D-NY), Brindisi (D-NY), Cisneros (D-CA) – Amendment No. 263 - Increases funding for the HUDVeterans Affairs and Supportive Housing program, which provides rental assistance and wrap around support services to help homeless veterans transition into permanent housing, by $2,000,000
      • Rice, Kathleen (D-NY), Sherman (D-CA) – Amendment No. 265 - Increases and decreases funding to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund by $1 million in order to support the research and development of aircraft technologies that reduce aviation noise
      • Garcia, Jesús (D-IL) – Amendment No. 274 - Increases and decreases funding for technical assistance and training for front line bus and rail transit workers by $1 million
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Burgess (D-TX) – Amendment No. 231 - Reduces funding for the Essential Air Service by $50 million to match the President's request
        • - NOT OFFERED
      • Lesko (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 232 - Strikes language in section 236, which prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce a rule that would change HUD’s, “Equal Access in Accordance With an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs” rule
        • - NOT OFFERED
      • DeFazio (D-OR) – Amendment No. 233 - Prohibits authorizing the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail tank car and prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from using funds to authorize transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail tank car by issuance of a special permit or approval
        • - ADOPTED 221 - 195, ROLL CALL 399
      • Duncan (R-SC), Hartzler (R-MO), Meadows (R-NC), Babin (R-TX), Gaetz (R-FL), Timmons (R-SC) – Amendment No. 234 - Strikes section 236 which prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the HUD “Equal Access in Accordance With an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs” rule
        • - REJECTED 180 - 236, ROLL CALL 400
      • Duncan (R-SC), Hartzler (R-MO), Meadows (R-NC), Babin (R-TX), Gaetz (R-FL), Cloud (R-TX), Timmons (R-SC), Norman (R-SC) – Amendment No. 235 - Strikes section 237 which prohibits the HUD notice “Appropriate Placement for Transgender Persons in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities” from having the force and effect of law
        • - REJECTED 181 - 236, ROLL CALL 401
      • Perry (R-PA) – Amendment No. 237 - Strikes the bill’s prohibition on the FTA requirement that applicants for the Capital Investment Grant provide a reasonable cost estimate that exceeds a 50 percent probability of on-budget completion
        • - NOT OFFERED
      • Heck (D-WA), Young (R-AK), Moore (D-WI), Huffman (D-CA), Gabbard (D-HI), Haaland (D-NM) – Amendment No. 241 - Provides additional funding for the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 244 - Reduces funds made available to division E by 4.6 percent
        • - REJECTED 145 - 273, ROLL CALL 402
      • Bost (R-IL), Duffy (R-WI) – Amendment No. 248 - Seeks to ensure that United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continue to work with the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) to incorporate findings and recommendations of the OIG investigation, “Final Evaluation Report – HUD’s Oversight of Alexander County Public Housing Authority in Cairo, IL,” and “Alexander County Housing Authority’s improper usage of HUD subsidized Asset Management Project Funds,” for the purposes of protecting public housing residents and improving agency oversight and enforcement of public housing regulations
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Banks (R-IN) – Amendment No. 251 - Reduces amounts made available in Division E, other than amounts made available to the Department of Defense, by 14 percent
        • - VOTE REQUESTED
      • Mitchell (R-MI) – Amendment No. 253 - Creates a 3% across the board spending reduction to Division E.
        • - NOT OFFERED
      • Vargas (D-CA), Aguilar (D-CA) – Amendment No. 258 - Prohibits any funds from being used to bar or limit DACA recipients from receiving mortgage loans backed by FHA, solely on the basis of their status as DACA recipients
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rouda (D-CA), DeSaulnier (D-CA), Clay (D-MO), Blumenauer (D-OR), Bustos (D-IL), Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Beyer (D-VA), Dean (D-PA), Sherrill (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 267 - Forbids funds from being used in violation of section 2635.702 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Jayapal (D-WA) – Amendment No. 268 - Reallocates $1,000,000 to fund transitional housing and homelessness services
        • - VOTE REQUESTED
      • Wexton (D-VA) – Amendment No. 273 - Removes and adds $7,000,000 for the purpose of instructing the Federal Aviation Administration to continue the Remote Tower Pilot Program
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Garcia, Jesús (D-IL), Cisneros (D-CA) – Amendment No. 282 - Increases the existing set aside of $15M for planning, preparation, or design of transit, transit-oriented development, and multimodal projects funds to $20M
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Malinowski (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 284 - Increases funding for the Low or No Emission Grant Program by $6 million to promote state emission responsibility. Reduces funding for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grants by $6 million
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Pressley (D-MA), Tlaib (D-MI) – Amendment No. 288 - Provides a $5 million increase to the Family Self Sufficiency Program and reduces funds from the Office of the Secretary at HUD
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Pressley (D-MA) – Amendment No. 289 - Increases and decreases by $1,000,000 funding for the National Infrastructure Investments (BUILD grants) in order to reinforce the importance of robust investments in safe, reliant and efficient transit options including commuter rails, subway, buses, bike and pedestrian paths
        • - ADOPTED BY VOICE

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
  • Complete 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)
  • As of tonight, the House has completed all debate on H.R. 3055.
  • Postponed Division E (Transportation and Housing and Urban Development) Amendment Votes (2):
    • Banks Amendment #251
    • Jayapal Amendment #268
  • Possible Consideration of H.R. 3401 – Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
  • Adoption of the motion to proceed to S.1790, NDAA; agreed to: 86-6.
  • No additional Legislative Business

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, during Monday’s session Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Inhofe substitute amendment and the underlying bill, S.1790. As a result of cloture having been filed, the filing deadline for first-degree amendments is 1:00pm. The filing deadline for second-degree amendments is one hour prior to the cloture vote.
  • Amendments pending to S.1790, NDAA
  • Inhofe amendment #764, as modified (substitute)
  • McConnell for Romney amendment #861 (use of funds to defend U.S)
  • McConnell Amendment #862 to SA #861 (date change)
  • McConnell Amendment #863 to the language proposed to be stricken (date change)
  • McConnell Amendment #864 to SA #863 (date change)
  • McConnell Motion to recommit with amendment #865 (date change)
  • Amendment #866 to SA#865 (date change)
  • Amendment #867 to SA #866 (date change)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
Cost + Care + Quality = The Medicare Equation

House Ways and Means
Mexico's Labor Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for an Improved NAFTA

Senate Agriculture
The State of the Derivatives Market and Perspectives for CFTC Reauthorization

House Energy and Commerce
Reauthorizing Vital Health Programs for American Families

House Financial Services
Diverse Asset Managers: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities for Inclusion

Senate Banking
Should Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be Designated as Systemically Important Financial Institutions?

Senate Commerce
Optimizing for Engagement: Understanding the Use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms

House Small Business
Broadband Mapping: Small Carrier Perspectives on a Path Forward

House Homeland Security
Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism

House Judiciary
Oversight of Bankruptcy Law and Legislative Proposals

The Heritage Foundation
The SEC, Entrepreneurship, FinTech and the Economy

House Financial Services – FinTech Task Force
Overseeing the Fintech Revolution: Domestic and International Perspectives on Fintech Regulation

House Energy and Commerce
Markup of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

House Homeland Security
Cybersecurity Challenges for State and Local Governments

Senate Commerce
Examining Technological Innovations in Transportation

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.3448 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To forgive outstanding Federal and private student loans.
Sponsor: Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House - Education and Labor, Financial Services, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, and 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...

 

Health

H.R.3453 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for contributions to the Alzheimer's Research and Caregiving Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the...

H.R.3447 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To fully fund the Prevention and Public Health Fund and reaffirm the importance of prevention in the United States healthcare system.
Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3445 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the work geographic index floor under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Finkenauer, Abby [D-IA-1] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 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.3443 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved drug application, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3439 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and title XI of the Social Security Act to extend appropriations and transfers to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund and to extend certain health insurance fees for such transfers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 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.3436 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove cost-sharing responsibilities for chronic care management services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 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.3433 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for ambulatory surgical center representation during the review of hospital outpatient payment rates under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 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.3430 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend funding for quality measure endorsement, input, and selection under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 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.3429 — 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 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Armed Services
Latest Action: House - 06/24/2019 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...

S.1948 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit high deductible health plans to provide chronic disease prevention services to plan enrollees prior to satisfying their plan deductible.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 06/24/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 06/24/2019 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...

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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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