PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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Washington Update

Our weekly update on Congress

The House passed the “End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018” (H.R. 2219); the “Combat Online Predators Act” (H.R. 4201); the “Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act” (H.R. 4061); the “Stress Test Improvement Act” (H.R. 4293); and the “Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act” (H.R. 4790).

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Next Week in Congress

  • House -The House may consider H.R.4061 the Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017 and H.R.4790 the Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act.

 

  • Senate –The Senate may consider the nomination of Claria Horn Boom, to be US District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky as well as John F. Ring, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board; Patrick Pizzella, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor; Andrew Wheeler, to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA; John W. Broomes, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas; and Rebecca Grady Jennings, to be United States District Judge for the Western District.

 

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The House passed the “Omnibus Appropriations Bill” (H.R. 1625); the “Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to Help Investors Act” (H.R. 4566); the “Trinkett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018” (H.R. 5247); the “Surface Transportation Security Improvement Act of 2018” (H.R. 5131); the “Strengthening Aviation Security Act of 2018” (H.R. 4467); and the “Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2018” (H.R. 5089).  

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The House passed H.R. 4465, the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017; H.R. 4609, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018; H.R. 116, the TAILOR Act of 2017; H.R. 4263, the Regulation At Improvement Act of 2017; and H.R. 4545, the Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act.

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The House passed the “Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act” (H.R. 4607); the “Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act” (H.R. 1917); and the “Satisfying Energy needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act” (H.R. 1119)

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The House passed the “Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017” (H.R. 1222); the “Action for Dental Health Act of 2017” (H.R. 2422); the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017” (H.R. 1865); and a measure changing capital requirements for systemically important banks (H.R. 4296). 

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • 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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  • 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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