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 stands adjourned to convene for pro forma session only, with no business conducted, at 1:00pm.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in Session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in Session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Paul amendment #932 (re: Cut, Cap, and Balance budget) [60-vote threshold for adoption]; not agreed to: 23-70.
    2. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019; invoked: 67-27.
    3. Passage of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019; passed: 67-28.
  • Legislative Business
    • Passed Calendar #54, S. 862, Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters Act, w/ Kennedy amdts
    • Passed Calendar #44, S.394, Presidential Transition Enhancement Act
    • Passed the following Judiciary bills by voice vote:
    • H.R.3311, Small Business Reorganization
    • H.R.2336, Family Farmer Relief Act
    • H.R.2938, HAVEN Act
    • H.R.3304, National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act
    • By voice vote, adopted S.Res.304, designating September as “National Workforce Development Month.”
    • Adopted S.Res.305, designating the week of September 14 through September 21, 2019, as ‘‘National Estuaries Week’’.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted, on the following dates and times:
    • Friday, August 2nd at 1:00pm
    • Tuesday, August 6th at 9:00am
    • Friday, August 9th at 9:00am
    • Tuesday, August 13th at 12:30pm
    • Friday, August 16th at 3:00pm (committees authorized to report legislative and executive matters from 1:00-3:00pm)
    • Tuesday, August 20th at 9:00am
    • Friday, August 23rd at 9:15am
    • Tuesday, August 27th at 10:00am
    • Friday, August 30th at 5:00pm
    • Tuesday, September 3rd at 1:00pm
    • Friday, September 6th at 8:30am

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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