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 resume consideration of Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #119, Michael T. Liburdi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona; confirmed: 53-37.
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #120, Peter D. Welte, of North Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota; confirmed: 68-22.
    3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #203, James Wesley Hendrix, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas; invoked: 85-5.
    4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #203, James Wesley Hendrix, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas; confirmed: 89-1.
    5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #204, Sean D. Jordan, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; invoked: 54-36.
    6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #204, Sean D. Jordan, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; confirmed:  54-34.
    7. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas; invoked: 54-34.
    8. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #231, Jeffrey Vincent Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; invoked: 51-37.
    9. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #232, Brantley Starr, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern Distict of Texas; invoked: 51-37.
    10. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; invoked: 87-1.
    11. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas; invoked: 79-9.
    12. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Steven D. Grimberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; invoked: 72-16.
    13. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #345, Jason K. Pulliam, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas; invoked: 54-34.
    14. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #350, Martha Maria Pacold, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; invoked: 86-2.
    15. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; invoked: 87-1.
    16. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; invoked: 57-31.
    17. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations; invoked: 57-33.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed S.929, A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to redefine the eastern and middle judicial districts of North Carolina.
    • Adopted S.Res.293, designating September 25, 2019, as “National Lobster Day”.
    • Passed the following Postal Naming bills:
    • Calendar #85, S.347 - A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 40 Fulton Street in Middletown, New York, as the "Benjamin A. Gilman Post Office Building".
    • Calendar #86, S.1196 - A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1715 Linnerud Drive in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, as the "Fire Captain Cory Barr Post Office Building".
    • Calendar #87, H.R.540 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 770 Ayrault Road in Fairport, New York, as the "Louise and Bob Slaughter Post Office".
    • Calendar #88, H.R.828 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 Route 111 in Smithtown, New York, as the "Congressman Bill Carney Post Office".
    • Calendar #89, H.R.829 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1450 Montauk Highway in Mastic, New York, as the "Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth Post Office Building".
    • Calendar #121, S.1272 - A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 575 Dexter Street in Central Falls, Rhode Island, as the "Elizabeth Buffum Chace Post Office".
    • Calendar #122, S.1759 - A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 456 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the "Richard G. Lugar Post Office Building".
    • Calendar #123, H.R.1198 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 404 South Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nevada, as the "Henderson Veterans Memorial Post Office Building".
    • Calendar #124, H.R.1449 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3033 203rd Street in Olympia Fields, Illinois, as the "Captain Robert L. Martin Post Office".
    • Calendar #162, H.R.3305 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2509 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the "Ryan Keith Cox Post Office Building".
  • H.R. 1250- To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11158 Highway 146 North Hardin, Texas as the “Lucas Lowe Memorial Post Office.”
  • Executive Business
    • By voice vote, confirmed Executive Calendar #394, David L. Norquist, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  • At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of following nominations:
    • 1. Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    • 2. Executive Calendar #231, Jeffrey Vincent Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas;
    • 3. Executive Calendar #232, Brantley Starr, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern Distict of Texas;
    • 4. Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
    • 5. Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
    • 6. Executive Calendar #327, Steven D. Grimberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia;
    • 7. Executive Calendar #345, Jason K. Pulliam, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas;
    • 8. Executive Calendar #350, Martha Maria Pacold, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    • 9. Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    • 10. Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
    • 11. Executive Calendar #48, Karin J. Immergut, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon;
    • 12. Executive Calendar #55, John Milton Younge, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
    • 13. Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island;
    • 14. Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland;
    • 15. Executive Calendar #351, Mary M. Rowland, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
    • 16. Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations
  • When the Senate considers H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, notwithstanding Rule 22, and if cloture is filed, there will be up to 2 hours of debate, equally divided between the Leaders or their designees, and votes in relation to the following:
    • 1. Paul amendment #932 (re: Cut, Cap, and Balance budget) (60-vote threshold for adoption),
    • 2. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877
    • 3. Passage of H.R.3877, as amended, if amended
  • Roll call votes could begin after lunchtime, and continue into the evening. Roll call votes remain possible during a Thursday session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Appropriations
Oversight of the FAA

Senate Commerce
Markup of Pipeline Legislation

Senate Foreign Relations
Markup of S. 1441

Senate Commerce
Next Steps for Positive Train Control Implementation

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

S.2332 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to provide for the modernization of the electric grid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] (Introduced 07/30/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate - Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate - 07/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 

Financial Services

S.2338 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to prohibit the Export-Import Bank of the United States from financing the export of nuclear technology, equipment, fuel, materials, or other goods or services to Saudi Arabia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 07/30/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate - 07/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

S.2326 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for expedited coding and coverage of novel medical products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC] (Introduced 07/30/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 07/30/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax


S.2312 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a surtax on corporations with significant disparities in employee wages.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 07/30/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate - Finance
Latest Action: Senate - 07/30/2019 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...

    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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