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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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

By Tracy D. Taylor

As Reported in the Summer 2017 Pavement Preservation Journal, the president and Congress spent much of the administration’s first 100 days focused on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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By The Hill

The Hill ranked Williams & Jensen CEO Susan Hirschmann and Chairman J. Steven Hart among the “Top Lobbyists of 2015”.

 

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By SUNY Buffalo Law School Forum

The State University of New York Buffalo Law School magazine profiles alumni and Williams & Jensen Principal David Franasiak as one of the adjunct professors in the school’s New York City Program in Finance and Law.

 

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By Tracy D. Taylor

Key to successful pavement preservation programs and sound transportation policy is the assurance of predictable, adequate, long-term funding for surface transportation.



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by Jennifer A. Dlouhy, The Houston Chronicle \

WASHINGTON - Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to lift a 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude, driven by a sophisticated oil industry lobbying campaign that has enlisted executives, targeted political donors and tapped social media.

It's a remarkable reversal for a crusade met with deep skepticism when it was launched less than two years ago.

A House subcommittee is expected to approve legislation lifting the export ban this week, setting the stage for full floor action this fall...

"We've come so far, so fast," said George Baker, executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports, a coalition of independent oil companies lobbying to lift the ban. "This is a whole different issue from where it was back in January."

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by The Wall Street Journal

Countries from Japan and South Korea to Poland have expressed interest in buying American oil, in part so they don’t have to rely as heavily on big oil-pumping countries such as Iran and Russia, said George Baker, executive director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports. “Other countries quite clearly want to get in on the benefits—geopolitical and economic,” he said. “They want in on this American oil renaissance for good reasons.”

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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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