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 Senate will consider the Veto Messages to accompany S.J.Res.36, 37, and 38, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided, and with 30 minutes reserved for the Chairman and Ranking Member respectively.

THE HOUSE

 

Friday

  • The House was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Friday

  • The Senate was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, July 29, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will consider the Veto Messages to accompany S.J.Res.36, 37, and 38, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided, and with 30 minutes reserved for the Chairman and Ranking Member respectively.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on passage of the joint resolutions (veto override).  Upon disposition of the joint resolutions, the cloture motions filed during Thursday’s session (listed below) will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Liburdi (AZ district) nomination.
  • 5:30pm, Monday July 29 – 4 roll call votes:
    1. Shall S.J.Res.36 pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? [Veto Override]
    2. Shall S.J.Res.37 pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? [Veto Override]
    3. Shall S.J.Res.38 pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding? [Veto Override]
    4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
  • Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:
    1. Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona;
    2. Executive Calendar #120, Peter D. Welte, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota;
    3. Executive Calendar #203, James Wesley Hendrix, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    4. Executive Calendar #204, Sean D. Jordan, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas;
    5. Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    6. Executive Calendar #231, Jeffrey Vincent Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas;
    7. Exeutive Calendar #232, Brantley Starr, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern Distict of Texas;
    8. Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
    9. Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    10. Executive Calendar #327, Steven D. Grimberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia;
    11. Executive Calendar #345, Jason K. Pulliam, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas;
    12. Executive Calendar #350, Martha Maria Pacold, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    13. Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    14. Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas;
    15. Executive Calendar #48, Karin J. Immergut, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon;
    16. Executive Calendar #55, John Milton Younge, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
    17. Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island;
    18. Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland;
    19. Executive Calendar #351, Mary M. Rowland, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • We expect that on Monday, Senator McConnell will also file cloture on the Norquist (Deputy Secretary DOD) and Kraft (UN Ambassador) nominations for consideration prior to the August State work period.
  • The Senate has also reached an agreement that when the Senate receives H.R.3877 (debt ceiling/spending caps), it be placed on the calendar and not be required to lay over a day before a motion to proceed is in order. We also expect to consider this prior to adjourning for the August State work period.

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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