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 House passed H.R. 1221 the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 6615, the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act; S. 2076, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; S. 2278, State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act; H.R. 7327, the SECURE Technology Act; H.R. 7279, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act; H.R. 7328, the  Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018; HR. 2765, the RBIC Advisers Relief Act; S. 2200, the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act; H.R. 767, the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Act; and S. 2276, GAO-IG Act.


This Week in Congress

  • House – The House passed H.R. 1221 the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 6615, the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act; S. 2076, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; S. 2278, State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act; H.R. 7327, the SECURE Technology Act; H.R. 7279, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act; H.R. 7328, the  Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018; HR. 2765, the RBIC Advisers Relief Act; S. 2200, the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act; H.R. 767, the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Act; and S. 2276, GAO-IG Act.

 

  • Senate – The Senate passed S.3238, Emergency Alert Systems; S.2511, CENOTE; S.576, the First Step Act ; H.R.7213, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act; S.2200, National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act; S.3085 to establish a Federal Acquisition Security Council; S.3367, the Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization Act; H.R.6615, the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization; H.R.6400, United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act; H.R.1162: No Hero Left Untreated Act; H.R.6347 the Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act; and H.R.6348, the Small Business Access to Capital and Efficiency Act. Further business can be found here.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House - The House is scheduled to recess for the holidays.

 

  • Senate - The Senate is scheduled to recess for the holidays.

 

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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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