COVID-19 Federal Update 4-24-20

April 24, 2020

Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday: 40,683, Tuesday, 42,364, Wednesday 45,075, Thursday, 46,785 and Friday, 49,963.

CARES Act Stimulus Supplemental

President Trump at noon will sign a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill to help small businesses and hospitals after the House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to follow the Senate’s lead, which ended intense bipartisan negotiations this week (The Hill).    The vote was 388-5-1, with four conservative Republicans breaking with GOP leaders to oppose the measure, citing its effect on the federal deficit. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) opposed the measure, while Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) voted present.

 

The nearly $500 billion law will give $320 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, which was emptied nearly two weeks after the CARES Act was passed in late March, $75 billion to aid hospitals and an additional $25 billion to increase testing nationwide.   The four Republican lawmakers to vote against the bill were House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Reps. Ken Buck (Colo.), Jody Hice (Ga.) and Thomas Massie (Ky.) (The Hill). The president will sign the legislation into law at a noon ceremony in the Oval Office.

 

The House action included never-before-seen visual drama as lawmakers cast their votes wearing face coverings and gloves to ward off infection by the coronavirus. At the same time, members were trying to pour an eye-popping amount of federal funding on a contracting U.S. economy. As House members convened on Thursday, the government reported another 4.4 million people filed jobless claims last week, reminding lawmakers that 26 million of their constituents became unemployed over a span of five historic weeks (The Hill).

 

Among the issues left out of negotiations was an increase in funding for state and local governments. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) opposes the funding, the president and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have indicated their support for its inclusion in the fifth coronavirus-related package. Lawmakers believe this looming package is likely to be another mammoth bill on par with the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill.  Both chambers of Congress are not expected to return to Washington until May 4, at the earliest.

 

Reopening of the States

STATE WATCH: A handful of states are taking their chances and lifting some coronavirus restrictions beginning today, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska and Texas (South Carolina began on Tuesday) (The Associated Press).

 

Meanwhile, in New York, the epicenter of the U.S. epidemic, officials have put large-scale testing to eye-opening use, learning that COVID-19 is already found in 1 in every 5 people tested so far in New York City. That’s useful data as businesses, schools and public facilities weigh how and how soon to lift stay-at-home orders (The Associated Press).

 

The Hill: States are all over the map when it comes to reopening for business.

 

  • New York: Close to 14 percent of the state’s tested population to date (3,000 people) harbor signs in their blood of COVID-19 antibodies, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Twenty-one percent of the tested population in New York City show evidence of antibodies, according to a study the governor cited on Thursday (CNBC). … At the same time, researchers now believe COVID-19, like an iceberg, was largely hidden from view in major U.S. cities when it first arrived. Confirmed cases appeared to be scarce in testing in early March in urban centers, while researchers now believe the contagion had already become a mammoth hazard weeks earlier (The New York Times).

 

  • California: 40 million Golden State residents currently live under a stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) (pictured below). The order closed schools, beaches, parks and most businesses while canceling things like concerts and sporting events to prevent the spread of the disease. On Wednesday, Newsom began to ease his state into a slow-motion restart, leaving it up to local jurisdictions and individual hospitals to determine how and how soon to resume elective surgeries for heart and cancer patients, among others (The Associated Press).

 

 

  • Oregon: Gov. Kate Brown (D) on Thursday lifted her order delaying non-urgent procedures performed by health care providers beginning May 1, as long as they can demonstrate they have met new requirements for COVID-19 safety and preparedness. Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices and dental offices that meet those requirements will be able to resume non-urgent procedures next month. “As anyone waiting for an elective surgery knows, ‘non-urgent’ does not mean ‘minor,’” Brown said. “This is incredibly important medical care that we would not have told providers to delay if the threat of COVID-19 had not made it necessary.”

 

  • Maryland: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Thursday in an interview with Politico that he hopes to reopen his state’s economy in phases, classifying businesses as high, medium and low risk, and making decisions based on factors specific to each, as well as the state’s capacity to test people, trace contacts for infection and be assured that hospitals can handle a cluster of new infections. Hogan, who chairs the National Governors Association, said he will wait to make major decisions affecting the Maryland economy until he sees 14 consecutive days of decreased COVID-19 cases. He said even when the state starts to see drops in the number of new cases, he will not implement a “flip of a switch” approach to reopening the state (The Baltimore Sun).
 

Healthcare

 

Congress Braced for fight over more Aid: Congress has pumped out almost $3 trillion to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, mostly on a bipartisan basis. But there is a bruising election-year confrontation ahead over the next, and perhaps final, round of aid for the economy.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is gathering a long and expensive wish list from her fellow Democrats that would expand the social safety net as well as provide $500 billion to struggling state and local governments. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hasn’t yet committed to another big aid package and indicated that he’s girding for a massive fight over aid to states, a central issue for Democrats. He and other Republicans also say they want to tap the brakes on the blistering pace of new deficit spending. The next phase of economic stimulus likely will be the last before the 2020 elections, and any stalemate will escalate the political consequences with control of the Senate, House and White House at stake. Democrats may have an unlikely ally: President Donald Trump. His re-election may hinge on the economy turning around in the last critical months of his re-election bid, and he’s indicated willingness to include state aid and other spending in another stimulus.

There is a risk that the effort to write a comprehensive rescue bill gets bogged down for months or falters given how far apart both parties are now as well as the increasingly bitter exchanges over what should come next and who will be to blame if the economy doesn’t rebound. One of the biggest battles ahead will be over aid to state and local governments, which are seeing tax revenue plummet and expenses escalate as a result of the pandemic. Read more from Laura Litvan, Erik Wasson and Steven T. Dennis.

Progressives Push for Affordable Treatment: Progressive groups are looking to create pressure on lawmakers to put serious drug pricing measures into the next coronavirus relief package after Congress cleared the interim stimulus bill absent such provisions. Lower Drug Prices Now, a group of Democratic-aligned organizations, launched a social media campaign yesterday that will host town halls with members of Congress in Iowa, Illinois and Nevada and talk about the need for a law to ensure that coronavirus vaccines and drugs are affordable as well as conduct public opinion polling on the issue.

Groups like Public Citizen also say they’re trying to gather support for proposals by Democrats, such as Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Lloyd Doggett (Texas), that would deny any drug makers exclusivity on a coronavirus vaccine. Similarly, Ezra Levin, executive director of Indivisible, urged Democrats to vote against the interim relief measure yesterday, saying it didn’t have funds for states and frontline health-care workers, as well as other major progressive priorities, Alex Ruoff reports.

Democrats Press for Reopening Strategy: Sixty members of the New Democrat coalition are asking House leadership to include policies in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to help communities start to reopen. In a letter to Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the group details proposals on testing, surveillance and contact tracing, Emily WIlkins reports.  “Congress must put the measures and standards for a National Recovery Strategy in place now so that widespread, economically challenging countermeasures are not needed again,” lawmakers said in the letter.

N.Y. Study Says Cases Could Be Far Higher: A New York state study seeking to find out how many people have been infected by the novel coronavirus learned that 13.9% of people tested across the state had signs of infection, in one of the biggest U.S. reviews to date. In New York City, the country’s epicenter, 21.2% of people tested positive for a blood marker showing that they had been infected at some point. Statewide, 2.7 million people may have had the new coronavirus at some point, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said yesterday. That’s over 10 times the official count based on the state’s testing of mostly very sick patients.

There are broad ramifications of the new study, which will need to be analyzed further by experts to give a clearer picture of the infection’s prevalence. But it appears to confirm predictions that the novel coronavirus has spread to far, far more people than New York has been able to diagnose so far. It also means the fatality rate of the virus is likely much lower than the figure that’s based only on confirmed cases and deaths. Drew Armstrong and Angelica LaVito have more.

Also yesterday, Cuomo said the number of new coronavirus patients who need hospitalization has been “remarkably flat” at about 1,300 per day. It’s better than an increase, he said at his daily briefing, but it’s still “not great news.” New York reported 438 new deaths, down from more than 700 per day a few weeks ago. Read more.

Meanwhile in Europe’s epicenter, Italy’s number of recoveries from Covid-19 overtook new coronavirus infections for the first time today, a hopeful sign that a nationwide lockdown is significantly checking the virus. Figures from civil protection authorities showed 2,646 new cases for the 24-hour period, down from 3,370 a day earlier. The number of recoveries was 3,033.

Senators Say Minorities Must be Part of Testing: Pharmaceutical companies managing clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine or therapeutic drugs must include minorities, women and other under served populations, senators said in a letter to Abbott Labs, AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Bayer and other drug companies. Possibly dangerous outcomes will result for those not represented in clinical trials due to differences in drug metabolism across race and sex. Given the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on minority populations, it is more important than eve r that these groups be represented in any clinical trials, according to the letter from 15 Senate Democrats. Read more from Rossella Brevetti.

CDC Doles Out $631 Million for Tracing: Over 60 jurisdictions nationwide will get $631 million from the CDC to track and trace the coronavirus, as they plan how to reopen their economies safely, U.S. health authorities announced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received $6.5 billion through a pair of congressional relief measures last month. As of yesterday, the CDC has doled out roughly $1.6 billion to states, tribes, and other jurisdictions. The latest round of funding announced will help local areas test for the viru s and conduct contact tracing and other types of virus surveillance. Jacquie Lee has more.

CDC Pushed on National Testing: Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are pressuring the CDC to quickly come up with a real-time national system for tracking the pandemic. The two senators told CDC Director Robert Redfield that they are deeply concerned that federal health officials are “behind the curve in assessing public health threat levels,” because they “lack immediate visibility into population health data” regarding the coronavirus, Kim Chipman reports.

Hospitals Still Ration Critical PPE: Most hospitals are still rationing masks and other equipment, front-line health-care workers say, a sign that protective gear remains hard to come by as states consider opening back up their economies in coming weeks. Rationing shows how under-resourced some regions are, health-care unions argue. They want Congress to compel federal workplace standards that mandate hospitals and other employers to outfit their workers with proper safety gear, even as the pandemic has created an unprecedented nee d for new masks and gowns. Read more from Alex Ruoff.

States Get Telehealth Barriers Eased: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a telehealth toolkit yesterday aimed at helping states remove barriers to telehealth services in their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs amid the coronavirus crisis. The goal is to make it easier for Medicaid and CHIP enrollees to receive health care at home instead of at a doctor’s office or emergency room, where they could become exposed to—or pass along—the virus. Read more from Christopher Brown.

Wilkie Urged to Stop Hydroxychloroquine Use: House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to stop the use of hydroxychloroquine on veterans diagnosed with the coronavirus after officials and medical experts said the “drug could increase the risk of death.” Read the letter here.

Trump Muddles His Virus Response: Trump’s evolving public statements and ad hoc policy swings on the coronavirus have the administration on defense as surveys show increased doubts around his leadership in crisis. On Wednesday, Trump rebuked the first governor to try to re-open his state economy, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), after encouraging state leaders for weeks to push forward toward resuming a normal social and business life.

Trump, eager to proceed with an economic recovery as fast as possible, claimed incorrectly that CDC Director Robert Redfield had been misquoted as saying the pandemic could be worse this winter. The president declared at his Wednesday news conference it was “possible it doesn’t come back at all,” and that if Covid-19 does return, it “won’t be coming back in the form that it was.” His own public health advisers in the same briefing said the virus will still be active this fall.

Trump’s recent vacillation is only compounded by prior declarations that never came to fruition: his proposed quarantine of the New York metropolitan region; his hope to have the country “opened up and raring to go” by Easter; a national website purportedly being built by Google to direct citizens to test sites in parking lots. Trump and his advisers say that his statements are intended to be optimistic, while his shifting comments about the balance among states and the federal government on re- opening were never meant to preclude collaboration with governors. Read more from Justin Sink.

Eshoo Plans to Call In Bright: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chairwoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said she plans to summon ousted Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority official Rick Bright to testify before the panel, CNN reports. Eshoo hopes to hold hearings as soon as “feasible” and would return to Washington to review the matter, reports CNN. She also says she wants to hear from HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for preparedness and response.

Eshoo and Oversight Subcommittee Chairwoman Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) separately told Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought yesterday they want an explanation for Trump’s decision to suspend funding for the World Health Organization. In the letter, they said Trump’s halt on funding is “dangerous and irresponsible” and an “apparent attempt to distract the public” from the administration’s “failures.” Read the letter here.

Arkansas Abortion Clinics Seek Block on Ban: Abortion providers in Arkansas must be allowed to perform surgical procedures for women whose pregnancies will be too advanced to have an abortion when an emergency coronavirus order expires in May, they told a federal court in the state. Little Rock Family Planning Services and other groups asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas for a second temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction to block the state from broadly enforcing a directive labeling abortions as elective surgeries that must be delayed. Mary Anne Pazanowski have more.

Alabama will remain partially blocked from imposing new restrictions on abortions in name of public health during the coronavirus pandemic, the Eleventh Circuit said. The new ruling doesn’t entirely block the state from enforcing the order against abortion providers. But it does bar the state from “failing to allow healthcare providers to consider and base their decisions as to whether to provide an abortion without delay on certain factors,” including whether a delay would cause the patient to lose her legal right to an abortion under Alabama law after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Read more from Brian Flood.

 

 

Transportation

 

Amtrak’s Loss Could Exceed $700 million: Amtrak’s ridership has all but disappeared because of the coronavirus, dashing the company’s hopes of breaking even on an operating basis for the first time in its nearly 40-year history, the railroad’s chairman said yesterday. Ridership is down about 95%, and the passenger railroad stands to lose more than $700 million on an adjusted operating basis, or possibly more, in the current fiscal year, Chairman Tony Coscia told reporters. The metric is Amtrak’s preferred method of evaluating operations, and excludes depreciation and other expenses. “This has presented an enormous challenge to the company,” he said. Service has been reduced by more than half nationwide to cope with cratering ridership. Some routes have been suspended, including the high-speed—and lucrative—Acela service between Boston and Washington, D.C.

 

The company has implemented cost controls and taken other steps to adjust. On trains that are operating, Amtrak is capping bookings in coach and business class cars at no more than 50% of available seats to ensure passengers can maintain social distancing, said William Flynn, the former CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings who assumed the top role at Amtrak on April 15. The company is also evaluating how operations might need to adjust after restrictions end, including scheduling and customer-service operations, with touchless kiosks and order-ahead meal service on trains, Flynn said on a call with reporters. Read more from Ryan Beene.

 

Southwest CEO Urges Pay Cuts as Air Travel Plunges: Southwest Airlines has to prepare for the risk of becoming a “drastically smaller” company, and CEO Gary Kelly told employees yesterday he’d prefer an across-the-board pay cut to more dire scenarios—such as the first involuntary furloughs in the carrier’s 49-year history.

Kelly outlined possible scenarios if travel doesn’t begin to pick up after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, addressing workers in a video message that was part pep talk and part warning. While Southwest has cash reserves plus $3.2 billion in government payroll aid to survive the coming months, he encouraged workers to “fight like we’ve never fought before” to lower costs. The federal airline aid limits mass employment cuts through Sept. 30. Read more from Mary Schlangenstein.

 

Toyota, Tesla Push Detroit on Opening: Automakers are cautiously coalescing around plans to reopen North American assembly plants next month, following what will be a roughly six-week shutdown for virtually the entire autos industry. Toyota, Tesla, Hyundai, and Volkswagen are among the major automakers who have said they intend to restart production in the first week of May. Even if they stick to that schedule, many won’t re-open all of their factories at once, and the facilities that do restore output will run assembly lines at slower rates than they did prior to the pandemic. Read more from Chester Dawson, Gabrielle Coppola and Keith Naughton.

 

Meanwhile, the auto industry is already seeing a couple of positive signs that germophobes spurred by the pandemic are shunning public transit in favor of vehicle ownership. In the first two weeks of April, Cars.com’s unique visitors bounced back from late-March doldrums. According to a recent survey by the vehicle-shopping website, 20% of people searching for a car said they don’t own one and had been using public transit or ride hailing. Read more from David Welch and Gabrielle Coppola.

Mnuchin Asks for Equity Stakes in Exchange for $17 Billion Aid: Mnuchin will require public companies deemed critical to national security that seek a share of $17 billion in virus-related relief to offer an equity stake to the government, according to a Treasury Department loan application posted last night. “This pot of money was designed to consider the needs of defense contractors, key suppliers to DOD and other companies that carry classified information,” Mnuchin said yesterday in an interview, referring to the Defense Department. The requirements are similar to those for passenger and cargo airlines seeking payroll assistance from the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress. One obvious contender for the funds is Boeing which has so far said it might not request government support. Mnuchin said he has had multiple conversations with Boeing’s top executives but declined to say whether it intended to tap government funds. Read more from Saleha Mohsin.

 

Bipartisan Senate Group Urge Extension of Clean Energy Credit Deadline The Treasury Department should extend a deadline for using a production tax credit and investment tax credits utilized by the wind, solar and other clean energy industries, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin yesterday. Grassley and other lawmakers are seeking an extension to five years from four years of a “safe harbor” provision that allows companies that began construction on a project in 2016 or 2017 to claim the tax credit. Read more from Ari Natter.

 

Push Seen for More Airport Funds in CARES 2: Congress is likely to look at providing even more money for the nation’s airports when lawmakers begin work on the next large stimulus package that could move as soon as May, former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater said yesterday. Slater and former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said during a discussion about airport investment held by lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs that the $10 billion included in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act (Public Law 116-136) in March is likely to be only a starting point and billions more will likely be needed to ensure the solvency and credit worthiness of airports. They said extra funding could be in an infrastructure package that carries an overa ll pricetag of anywhere between $1 trillion and $2 trillion.  Shuster said adequate funding for airports during the coronavirus crisis is critical to ensure airports can pay their debt and support revenue bonds sold to investors, Nancy Ognanovich reports.

 

Transit Agencies Get Extension on Safety Plans: Transit agencies facing disruptions because of Covid-19 will get an addition five months to meet the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation. The PTASP regulation requires transit agencies to incorporate Safety Management System policies and procedures into their plans. The new Dec. 31 deadline will delay enforcement action and allow agencies more time to certify their compliant safety plans, the Federal Transit Administration announced yesterday. “We understand that many transit agencies are experiencing disruptions to normal operating procedures during the COVID-19 public health emergency and, as a result, we are announcing this flexibility while they work to comply with the PTASP regulation,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a statement.

 

Carmakers Pledge to Sway FCC Airwaves Bid: The U.S. auto industry will deploy millions more wireless systems to help prevent traffic collisions if the Federal Communications Commission abandons a proposal that would take away most of the radio frequencies reserved to carry those signals, Alliance for Automotive Innovation President John Bozzella said in a letter yesterday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The group represents most major carmakers in the U.S.

It’s the auto sector’s latest bid to maintain a 21-year grip on coveted radio airwaves that critics say have been underutilized and should be used instead to expand access to high speed Wi-Fi, Ryan Beene reports.

 

Meanwhile, the FCC yesterday adopted a plan to give Wi-Fi a different, far larger swath of radio spectrum. The vote was a win for tech companies but a setback to utilities that use the frequencies to control pipelines and electric grids. Utilities that use the 6 GHz airwaves have said allowing millions of wireless devices into the swath threatens to create interference that could jeopardize network reliability. But the FCC plans to make users of higher-power devices check the agency’s databases to make sure they’ll not interfere with nearby utilities infrastructure, Todd Shields reports.

 

Also during yesterday’s meeting, FCC members updated rules designed to prevent collisions of SpaceX and other companies’ communications satellites, Jon Reid reports. The commission yesterday unanimously agreed to require that satellite operators disclose the probability that their satellites will collide with other objects. The rules, which haven’t been updated since 2004, also require satellite maneuverability to avoid collisions when in an orbit above the International Space Station.

 

Decision Needed on Pedestrian Safety Tests in New Cars: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has researched pedestrian safety and developed procedures to test new cars but hasn’t taken the steps to determine whether to include the testing in its New Car Assessment Program, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

 

Driving Around Is New Virus-Era Protest Vehicle: A protest technique that tied up traffic in Michigan will get a different spin in Ohio today.

While Gov. Mike DeWine (R) prepares to open Ohio businesses May 1, coronavirus cases among the state’s prison population have spiked, with 3,792 confirmed cases and 33,087 inmates being kept “in quarantine” according to data released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction. A group that advocates on behalf of prison inmates says it’s gathering “100-plus cars and motorcycles in a parade and protest” to urge DeWine to release up to 20,000 of the state’s nearly 49,000 prison ers.

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative’s protest plan mirrors a “gridlock” rally held in Michigan and other states last week to clog the streets in front of state Capitol buildings to demonstrate against restrictions put in place to thwart the spread of coronavirus, Alex Ebert reports.

 

Oil Refiners at Breaking Point: Oil refiners are hunting for vessels to store jet-fuel and gasoline that nobody is buying, sending freight rates sharply higher, an indication that the global refining system is fast approaching a breaking point. “The shipping market is now the main bottleneck,” said Torbjorn Tornqvist, head of commodity trading giant Gunvor Group. “We are fast approaching the crunch point whereby it will be hard to find any ships, and shipping rates are currently stratospheric,” he added in an interview. Read more from Bloomberg News.

 

 

Today on the Hill

 

White House

  • 10:30 am – In-House Pool Cal Time
  • 12:00 pm – Trump participates in a signing ceremony for HR. 266, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
  • 2:30 pm – Trump receives a briefing on NASA COVID-19 Response
  • 3:00 pm – Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • 5:00 pm – Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing

Senate

  • Lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to D.C. until May 4, but negotiations and drafting of next stimulus bill can take place without most lawmakers in town

House

  • Lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to D.C. until May 4, but negotiations and drafting of next stimulus bill can take place without most lawmakers in town

 

 

 

Legislation Updates from Yesterday

 

  1. H.R.266— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
  2. H.R.6598— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To preserve national security by providing guarantees to investors for investments in businesses at risk of predatory economic tactics by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.
  3. H.R.6599— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for coordination of research and development for pandemic disease prediction, forecasting and computing and for other purposes.
  4. H.R.6600— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize the Director of the National Institutes of Health to establish prize competitions to incentivize research by institutions of higher education on point-of-care testing for the detection of current or past infection with COVID-19, and for other purposes.
  5. H.R.6601— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require a particular jury instruction in Federal civil actions that include a claim for damages based on negligence arising from the transmission of COVID-19.
  6. H.R.6602— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide assistance under programs relating to COVID-19 of the Small Business Administration to cannabis businesses and their service providers, and for other purposes.
  7. H.R.6603— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Ka ena Point National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
  8. H.R.6604— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to establish a Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee.
  9. H.R.6605— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide additional amounts to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, and for other purposes.
  10. H.R.6606— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations establishing emission standards for emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft, and for other purposes.
  11. H.R.6607— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish, in coordination with the Director of the strategic national stockpile, the National Emergency Biodefense Network, and for other purposes.
  12. H.R.6608— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for the availability of menstrual hygiene products for homeless individuals under the Federal Emergency Management Agency emergency food and shelter grant program, and for other purposes.
  13. H.R.6609— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for the immediate procurement of COVID-19 medical testing components, materials, and supplies under the Defense Production Act of 1950.
  14. H.R.6610— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish the Cabinet-level position of Director of Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response in the Executive Branch with the responsibility of developing a National Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response Strategy, to prepare for and coordinate the response to future pandemics, biological attacks, and other major health crises, including coordinating the work of multiple government agencies, and for other purposes.
  15. H.R.6611— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for the Department of Agriculture to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.
  16. H.R.6612— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to prescribe the technical qualifications for licensed hearing aid specialists of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
  17. H.R.6613— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of Defense to strengthen the United States commitment to the security of the Indo-Pacific region and to increase military readiness to defend the homeland and underwrite United States national interests, and for other purposes.
  18. H.R.6614— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that sums in the Thrift Savings Fund may not be invested in securities that are listed on certain foreign exchanges, and for other purposes.
  19. H.Res.935— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Establishing a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
  20. H.Res.938— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H.Res. 935) establishing a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
  21. H.Res.939— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Supporting the World Bank Group to lead a worldwide COVID-19 economic recovery effort.
  22. H.Res.940— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commending Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith.

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