PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • April 19, 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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  • 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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Washington Update

Our weekly update on Congress

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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This week The House passed the motion to go to conference on the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1); the “Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017” (H.R. 3731); the “Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act of 2017” (H.R. 3317); the “Enhancing Veteran Care Act” (S. 1266); the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (H.R. 38); the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017” (H.R. 477); and the “Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 22nd.” 

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This week The House passed H.R. 3905, the Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act; H.R. 4182, the Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act; H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act and H.R. 1699, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

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This week The House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1); the Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017 (H.R. 3071); the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874); the Connected Government Act (H.R. 2331); and adopted the Conference Report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810).

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This week The House passed H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act; H.R. 3991, the Risk-Based Credit Examination Act; H.R. 4173, the Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017; H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 and H.R. 2201, the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act.

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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)

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • April 19, 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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  • 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...

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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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