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 begin Consideration of H.R. 2500 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #47, T. Kent Wetherell II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Suspension of the Rules:
      • 1) H.R. 1988 - Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act, as amended
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED BY VOICE
      • 2) H.R. 2515 - Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019, as amended
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED 410 - 12, ROLL CALL 431
      • 3) H.R. 2162 - Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2019, as amended
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED BY VOICE
      • 4) 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
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED BY VOICE
      • 5) H.R. 2919 - Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED BY VOICE
      • 6) H.R. 3050 - Expanding Investment in Small Business Act of 2019, as amended
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED 417 - 2, ROLL CALL 432
      • 7) H.R. 2409 - Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators
        • - ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
          • - PASSED 413 - 7, ROLL CALL 433

 

Today

  • One Minutes (15 per side)
    • Begin Consideration of H.R. 2500 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services) (Subject to a Rule)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order 439 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.
  • Suspensions (5 bills)
    • H.R. 1044 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (Rep. Lofgren – Judiciary)
    • H.R. 1569 – To amend title 28, United States Code, to add Flagstaff and Yuma to the list of locations in which court shall be held in the judicial district for the State of Arizona (Rep. O’Halleran – Judiciary)
    • S. 998 – Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis Act of 2019 (Sen. Hawley – Judiciary)
    • S. 744 – Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019 (Sen. Grassley – Judiciary)
    • H.R. 677 – 21st Century President Act (Rep. Pocan – Judiciary)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; confirmed: 53-45.
    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; invoked: 82-16.
    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; invoked: 87-11.
    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; invoked: 83-15.
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted Calendar #106, S.Res.188, encouraging a swift transfer of power by the military to a civilian-led political authority in the Republic of the Sudan, and for other purposes, w/ Cruz-Durbin amdts
    • By voice vote, passed S. 239, Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019, w/Shaheen amdt
  • Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
    • H.R. 2740: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020
    • 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

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #47, T. Kent Wetherell II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Wetherell (FL District Judge), Ranjan (PA District Judge), and Leichty (IN District Judge) nominations.
  • At 4:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the King (Education) and Pallasch (Labor) nominations.
  • At 11:00am, Wednesday, July 10 - 3 roll call votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #47, T. Kent Wetherell II, of Florida, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Florida
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #52, J. Nicholas Ranjan, of Pennsylvania, to be US District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #51, Damon Ray Leichty, of Indiana, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
  • At 4:30pm, Wednesday, July 10 - 2 roll call votes
    1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #101, Robert L. King, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #103, John P. Pallasch, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor
  • On Thursday June 27th, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #47, T. Kent Wetherell II, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida
    2. Executive Calendar #51, Damon Ray Leichty, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
    3. Executive Calendar #52, J. Nicholas Ranjan, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    4. Executive Calendar #101, Robert L. King, of Kentucky, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
    5. Executive Calendar #103, John P. Pallasch, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
    6. Executive Calendar #13, Peter C. Wright, of Michigan, to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Aging
Redefining Reality: How the Special Diabetes Program is Changing the Lives of Americans with Type 1 Diabetes

The Dialogue – Leadership for the America’s
Guatemala's Presidential Runoff: What Next for Rule of Law and US Relations?

House Financial Services
Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy

House Judiciary
Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform

House Homeland Security
Examining the Department of Homeland Security's Use of Facial Recognition and Other Biometric Technologies

House Oversight and Reform
The Trump Administration's Attack on the ACA: Reversal in Court Case Threatens Health Care for Millions of Americans

Senate EPW
Investing in America's Surface Transportation Infrastructure: The Need for a Multi-Year Reauthorization Bill

Senate Commerce
Markup

House Appropriations
United States Efforts to Counter Russian Disinformation and Malign Influence

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Water Resources Development Acts: Status of Implementation and Assessing Future Needs

Senate Foreign Relations
Defense Cooperation: Use of Emergency Authorities Under the Arms Export Control Act

House Financial Services
Building a Sustainable and Competitive Economy: An Examination of Proposals to Improve Environmental, Social and Governance Disclosures

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.3643 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Revised Statutes to grant State attorneys general the ability to issue subpoenas to investigate suspected violations of State laws that are applicable to national banks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3642 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Improving Credit Reporting for All Consumers Act
Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3641 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Stronger Enforcement of Civil Penalties Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.3629 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Clarity in Credit Score Formation Act of 2019
Sponsor: Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Financial Services
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.3656 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House - Judiciary, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.3654 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage for all physicians' services furnished by doctors of chiropractic within the scope of their license, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 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.3644 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the Independence at Home medical practice demonstration program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 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.3634 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To provide for greater transparency and information with respect to Federal expenditures under the Medicaid and CHIP programs in the territories of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho [D-MP-At Large] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3631 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend titles XI and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for a temporary increase to the limit on Medicaid payments for territories of the United States and the Federal medical assistance percentage for such territories under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.3630 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to protect health care consumers from surprise billing practices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] (Introduced 07/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor
Latest Action: House - 07/09/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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 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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