PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • February 5, 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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This week The House passed the “Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017” (H.R. 3903);  the “Helium Extraction Act of 2017” (H.R. 3279); the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (H.R. 2936); the “Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act (IPAB repeal)” (H.R. 849); and the “CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act (CHIP extension)” (H.R. 3922)


This Week in Congress

  • House –The House passed the “Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017” (H.R. 3903);  the “Helium Extraction Act of 2017” (H.R. 3279); the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (H.R. 2936); the “Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act (IPAB repeal)” (H.R. 849); and the “CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act (CHIP extension)” (H.R. 3922)

 

  • Senate –The Senate confirmed Trevor N. McFadden, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; Amy Barrett, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit; Joan Larsen, to be U. S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Allison Eid, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; Stephanos Bibas, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House -The House is expected to take up the “Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017” (H.R. 3043); the “Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act” (H.R. 3441) and the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441).

 

  • Senate –The Senate is expected to take up the nominations of Steven Andrew Engel, to be an Assistant Attorney General and William L. Wehrum, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • February 5, 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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  • 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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