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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Washington Update

Our weekly update on Congress

The House passed the “Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act” (H.R. 19) and recessed for the week.

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Update on Continuing Resolution

On Thursday, the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) by a vote of 230-197. Shortly after, the Senate voted 97-2 on the motion to proceed to the House passed CR. There was debate between Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on a cloture motion. It is expected that the cloture vote will occur sometime tonight, Friday, January 19. At this moment, there are at least 41 Democratic Senators who are expected to vote against the cloture motion whenever it occurs. While no party leader has endorsed the idea, there have been rumors that a 5-6 day CR is on the table. We will continue to update you on the unfolding events.

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The House passed the “Screening and Vetting Passenger Act” (H.R. 4581); the “DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017” (H.R. 4567); the “Rapid DNA Act of 2017” (S.139); and the “Counter Terrorist Network Act” (H.R. 4578).

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This week The House is in recess until January 8.  

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This week The House and Senate passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1).  President Trump signed the bill this morning in the Oval Office.  Congress also passed a Continuing Resolution funding the government through January 19.

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This week The House passed H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017; H.R. 1730, the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017; H.R. 3971, the Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017; H.R. 1638, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act; and H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act.

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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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