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 seven bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in Session.

 

Today

  • One Minutes (Unlimited)
  • **Following one-minute speeches, the House is expected to recess until approximately 4:30 p.m.  At that time, the House will reconvene to consider the bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules.  Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Suspensions (7 bills)
    • H.R. 1988 – Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act, as amended (Rep. Scott (GA) – Financial Services)
    • H.R. 2515 – Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Green (TX) – Financial Services)
    • H.R. 2162 – Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Beatty – Financial Services)
    • H.Res. 456 – Emphasizing the importance of grassroots investor protection and the investor education missions of State and Federal securities regulators, calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to collaborate with State securities regulators in the protection of investors, and for other purposes (Rep. Pressley – Financial Services)
    • H.R. 2919 – Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act (Rep. Huizenga – Financial Services)
    • H.R. 3050 – Expanding Investment in Small Business Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Steil – Financial Services)
    • H.R. 2409 – Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators (Rep. Axne – Financial Services)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; invoked: 50-42.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res.208: expressing support for the designation of July as “American Grown Flower Month”.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • At 4:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Bress nomination.
  • Following its disposition, the Senate will immediately vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #47, T. Kent Wetherell II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida; Executive Calendar #51, Damon Ray Leichty, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana; and Executive Calendar #52, J. Nicholas Ranjan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Therefore, senators should expect 4 roll call votes at 4:30pm.
  • Tuesday, July 9th at 4:30pm – 4 roll call votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #47, T. Kent Wetherell II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida
    3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #51, Damon Ray Leichty, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
    4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #52, J. Nicholas Ranjan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • On Thursday June 27th, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    2. Executive Calendar #47, T. Kent Wetherell II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida
    3. Executive Calendar #51, Damon Ray Leichty, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
    4. Executive Calendar #52, J. Nicholas Ranjan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    5. Executive Calendar #101, Robert L. King, of Kentucky, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
    6. Executive Calendar #103, John P. Pallasch, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
    7. Executive Calendar #13, Peter C. Wright, of Michigan, to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency

 

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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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