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COVID-19: Federal Update (5/26)

May 26th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

Quick Takes — HOUSE SET TO LEVERAGE NEW REMOTE VOTING FLEXIBILITIES. House lawmakers are set to utilize their new remote voting resolution to convene virtual hearings, markups, and vote by proxy. — CONGRESS MULLS OPTIONS FOR PPP FLEXIBILITY. House and Senate lawmakers have introduced dueling proposals that seek to ease restrictions and promote flexibility on […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/22)

May 22nd, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

Congress is gaining traction on a deal that would provide businesses who received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding with more time and flexibility on spending these loans. Prior to adjourning yesterday, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill that would double the loan forgiveness period to 16 weeks, allow businesses to use the loan […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/21)

May 21st, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

Senators will close out their legislative work week today and depart for their Memorial Day district work period. When the upper chamber returns, it’s likely to focus on clearing pending presidential nominations as House Democrats and Senate Republicans remain far apart on the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/20)

May 20th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

House lawmakers are poised to take up a measure that would reform the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) when they return to Washington next week. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) plans to call up a bipartisan bill from Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Chip Roy (R-TX) that would: (1) provide flexibilities on how small businesses use PPP […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/19)

May 19th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

Senators will resume legislative business today to continue consideration of pending presidential nominations. With House Democrats and Senate Republicans still far apart on the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation, Senate leadership does not currently have plans to take up legislation pertaining to the outbreak. For today, the Senate will hold a final confirmation vote […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/18)

May 18th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

House lawmakers have left Washington following passage of the HEROES Act and a resolution to facilitate temporary remote voting and virtual hearings. The rule change will allow Members to submit votes for up to ten absent lawmakers by proxy and permit committees to convene hearings, markups, and depositions through a chief administrative officer-approved software platform. […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/15)

May 15th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

House lawmakers have convened for legislative business and have begun consideration of a resolution that would facilitate temporary remote voting and virtual hearings. The rule change would allow Members to submit votes for up to ten absent lawmakers by proxy, and would permit committees to convene hearings, markups, and depositions through a chief administrative officer-approved […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/14)

May 14th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

The House Rules Committee is set to meet today to develop a rule that will govern the floor debate for tomorrow’s session in the lower chamber. Action on the House floor tomorrow includes a vote on the Democrats’ sweeping $3 trillion Health Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (TRP analysis), as well as a […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/13)

May 13th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

House Democrats introduced their sweeping $3 trillion “CARES 2.0” stimulus legislation (text; section-by-section; one pager; state and local fact sheet) yesterday following weeks of intraparty negotiations and assessments of current COVID-19 response efforts. If enacted, the Health Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act would represent the largest federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic to […]

COVID-19: Federal Update (5/12)

May 12th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

Special Report: Congressional Look Ahead – The Summer of COVID-19 The federal response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and social distancing policies implemented to slow the spread of the virus has upended the congressional schedule. After postponing legislative business for nearly a month, the Senate resumed legislative business last week. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]