Nomination Of New Attorney General Now Awaits Full Senate Vote

WASHINGTON—The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of William Barr to be U.S. Attorney General.   He now awaits a confirmation vote by


William Barr

the full Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he hopes to hold the confirmation vote as early as next week.

Barr has indicated his awareness of website accessibility concerns related to the ADA, noted NAFCU, which has pressed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide clarity to credit unions regarding website accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As reported, in January 2018, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded directives that had instructed federal prosecutors to ease marijuana enforcement in states that have legalized the substance. That decision in turn muddied guidance issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to clarify Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) expectations for financial institutions providing services to marijuana-related businesses.

Position of Marijuana Business

During his confirmation hearing before the committee, Barr indicated he would not pursue action against marijuana businesses that rely on the FinCEN's previously issued guidance on the issue. FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco has told financial institutions interested in serving marijuana-related businesses to follow those guidelines, and Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting has called on Congress to take action to resolve the issue, noted NAFCU.

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