PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

The Embassy Guild and Williams & Jensen’s Matt Decker hold a panel discussion on “The Trump Administration and Trade: What to Expect” on Thursday, March 2, at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam. The panel discussion will focus on what the diplomatic community can expect during the Trump Administration on trade policy. The discussion will be moderated by Lorraine Hawley, Archer Daniels Midland, Director of International Government Relations. Panelists are: Karan Bhatia, GE, Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Policy, Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; and David Weller, Google, Head of Global Trade Policy, Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China.

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By Politico Morning Agriculture

Scott Graves, who recently served as the majority staff director for the House Agriculture Committee under Chairman Conaway, has joined the law firm of Williams & Jensen, in Washington, D.C., as a principal. Graves, who has 12 years of experience in agricultural policy, worked closely with House leadership on the 2008 and 2014 farm bills and was also Conaway’s chief of staff...

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By Politico Influence

Scott Graves is heading to Williams & Jensen to head up its food and agriculture practice. Graves was previously the majority staff director for the House Agriculture Committee under Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and has also worked as Conaway’s chief of staff.

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By AgriPulse
Scott Graves…landed at Williams and Jensen where he’ll focus on the firm’s food and agricultural practice. In a press release, Williams and Jensen noted that Graves, while on [House Agriculture Committee Chairman] Conaway’s staff, worked closely with House leadership on major agriculture-related legislative initiatives, including the 2008 and 2014 farm bills.

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Williams & Jensen, PLLC is pleased to announce food and agricultural policy expert Scott Graves has joined the firm as a Principal. Mr. Graves will focus on the Firm’s food and agriculture practice.

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Washington, D.C. –Williams and Jensen, PLLC is pleased to announce Nick Karellas has joined the firm as a Principal. Mr. Karellas will focus on tax and trade issues for the firm.

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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