COVID-19 Federal Update 4-9-2020

April 8, 2020

Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 9,648; Tuesday, 10,993; Wednesday 12,911.

Coronavirus Stimulus – Phase 4

Pelosi and Schumer Joint Statement on Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief – April 8th

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer issued this statement on Democrats’ priorities for small businesses and working families in an interim emergency coronavirus package:

“The heartbreaking acceleration of the coronavirus crisis demands bold, urgent and ongoing action from Congress to protect Americans’ lives and livelihoods.  As Democrats have said since Day One, Congress must provide additional relief for small businesses and families, building on the strong down-payment made in the bipartisan CARES Act.

“Congressional Democrats are calling for:

 

  • $250 billion in assistance to small businesses, with $125 billion channeled through community-based financial institutions that serve farmers, family, women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses and nonprofits in rural, tribal, suburban and urban communities across our country, and improvements to ensure all eligible small businesses can access this critical funding and are not turned away by banks;
  • $100 billion for hospitals, community health centers and health systems, providing desperately needed resources to the frontlines of this crisis, including production and distribution of national rapid testing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
  • $150 billion for state and local governments to manage this crisis and mitigate lost revenue, doubling down on the investment secured in the CARES Act;
  • Strong additional support for families with a 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit to help put food on the table.

 

“After we pass this interim emergency legislation, Congress will move to pass a CARES 2 Act that will extend and expand the bipartisan CARES Act to meet the needs of the American people.  CARES 2 must provide transformational relief as the American people weather this assault on their lives and livelihoods.

“The American people need to know that their government is there for them in their time of great need.”

K-12 Groups Want $200 Billion: Kindergarten through 12th grade schools need over $200 billion in emergency federal aid to weather the impact of coronavirus, education groups including the two national teachers’ unions told congressional leaders. Lawmakers provided about $13.5 billion for the schools in the stimulus package signed last month, but education groups argue schools need assistance on the same scale as the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read more from Andrew Kreighbaum.

University Research Groups Seek $26 Billion: The shutdown of laboratories on university campuses has put the future of the U.S. research enterprise at risk, several higher education groups including the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Association of American Medical Colleges told congressional leaders in a letter yesterday. The groups asked lawmakers to help maintain the research workforce until operations return to normal on most campuses and support the cost of ramping up work again when labs can resume operations. They asked for $26 billion in additional funding for major research agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and others, Andrew Kreighbaum reports.

Chamber Wants to Resolve Patchwork of Virus Orders: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling for a greater focus on establishing a uniform, international approach to determine which businesses and industries should be deemed “essential” during the coronavirus pandemic. State and local governments in the U.S. have power to set their own restrictions on which businesses are spared from mandatory-closure orders, in some cases making decisions based on nonbinding guidance the Department of Homeland Security issued last month. Read more from Jaclyn Diaz.

Congress Urged to Delay Utility Shutoffs: Congressional leaders were urged to include at least $12.5 billion in stimulus funding to help people struggling to pay their water and sewer bills. Pelosi already has indicated she supports a bill to help families who can’t afford to pay water and sewer bills. Democrats and a group of environmental, social justice, and labor groups wrote separate letters to congressional leaders seeking assistance for local water and sewage utilities that are losing revenue from suspending shutoffs and forgiving debts. Amenda H. Saiyid has more.

Treating Uninsured Could Soak Up 40% of Fund: The Trump administration’s plan to reimburse hospitals for treating uninsured patients with Covid-19 could consume more than 40% of the $100 billion fund lawmakers authorized to help hospitals, the Kaiser Family Foundation said in a report yesterday. It comes as the White House is under fire from Democrats and health-care advocates for not reopening HealthCare.gov to get more uninsured people covered in the face of the outbreak. Read more from Sara Hansard.

Meanwhile 65 House Democrats led by House Appropriations Health and Human Services Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) wrote to HHS and CMS calling on the Trump administration to reopen health insurance exchanges.

 

Economy

Trump’s Plan to Reopen the Economy: The White House is developing plans to get the U.S. economy back in action that depend on testing far more Americans for the coronavirus than has been possible to date, according to people familiar with the matter. The effort would likely begin in smaller cities and towns in states that haven’t yet been heavily hit by the virus. Cities such as New York, Detroit, New Orleans and other places the president has described as “hot spots” would remain shuttered.

 

The planning is in its early stages. But with encouraging signs that the outbreak has plateaued in New York after an aggressive but economically costly social-distancing campaign, President Donald Trump and his top economic advisers are once again boldly talking about returning Americans to work.

 

“We’re looking at the concept where we open sections of the country and we’re also looking at the concept where you open up everything,” Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News last night.

Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, said earlier yesterday on Fox News that reopening might begin within four to eight weeks. “We are coming down, I think, the home stretch, that’s what the health experts are telling us,” he said at a White House event. “Once we can reopen this thing, I think it’s going to be very successful.”

 

Trump has sought a pathway to return Americans to work and schools since early March, even when his top health advisers recommended against it. As the outbreak mushroomed to hundreds of thousands of cases — filling hospitals in New York City and threatening to overwhelm health systems elsewhere — he backed away from a return to normal until at least the end of April.

But he continues to show his frustration with a pandemic that has blunted his best argument for re-election, the strength of the U.S. economy. Read more from Mario Parker.

Recession Risk at 100%: The novel coronavirus has spurred what will likely be the worst recession in generations as the U.S. economy grinds to a halt and millions lose their jobs. Bloomberg Economics created a model last year to determine America’s recession odds. The chance of a recession now stands at 100%, confirming an end to the nation’s longest-running expansion. While much of the economic data that feed into the model continues to lag, filings for unemployment benefits — which are reported with less than a week ’s delay — saw an unprecedented increase at the end of March. About 10 million jobless claims were filed in the last two weeks of the month, underscoring a sharp deterioration in the once-vibrant labor market. Read more from Reade Pickert, Yue Qiu and Alexander McIntyre

Relief Lands at Some Small Firms: At least some small businesses have begun receiving funds under an ambitious Trump administration effort to blunt the coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout, though lenders continued to report technical glitches and mom-and-pop firms complained they still couldn’t get loans. The launch of the U.S. Small Business Administration program to distribute $349 billion in aid to small business owners, which enters its sixth day today, has been fraught with a barrage of applications, a lack of clear rul es and an overwhelmed system that froze on Monday, meaning that no one could process loans for hours.

The clock is ticking for millions of business people who have been forced to close under shutdown orders and face laying off employees and possibly going under in a matter of weeks or even days. Mark Niquette, Ed Ludlow and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou have the latest.

Trump Praises Banks for Small Firm Aid: Trump yesterday praised some of the country’s largest financial firms for pledging to take new steps to help small businesses disrupted by the coronavirus. Trump heralded their plans as he hosted a video conference with leaders of banks including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase. The participants, top executives from the five biggest U.S. banks and two of the largest payment networks, touted their efforts to help affected businesses and consumers — pointing to capi tal devoted to small business loans, an assortment of waived fees, and loans and grants to community development financial institutions. Still, lenders reported some glitches in connecting to the Small Business Administration to get loans approved for small businesses. Read more from Justin Sink and Mark Niquette.

Banks Blame U.S. Rules for Snarling Loans: U.S. banks, facing criticism for prioritizing existing customers over new ones who are seeking coronavirus rescue loans, put the blame on federal rules meant to catch terrorists and money launderers. The lenders, who have been getting beaten up by small businesses and lawmakers alike, have urged a little-known agency charged with monitoring suspicious financial transactions for relief from the stringent regulations. But their requests have gone unheeded for now. Read more from Robert Schmidt and Jesse Hamilton.

Behavioral Health Groups Seek $40 Billion: A collection of mental health and addiction treatment groups called on the federal government to set aside $38.5 billion in the next stimulus package for behavioral health organizations enrolled in Medicaid. The groups, led by the National Council for Behavioral Health and American Society of Addiction Medicine, want funds for community behavioral health organizations in the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

The groups argue that, while billions were pumped into the health care industry in the previous coronavirus bill, nothing was allocated specifically for behavioral health organizations, which “are battling two emergencies,” said Paul H. Earley, president of ASAM. In addition to the pandemic itself, behavioral health groups are seeing an “explosion of patients in crisis as a result of isolation, anxiety and economic distress,” he said in a statement, Alex Ruoff reports.

Trump Thursday plans to speak to leaders and advocates from mental health organizations to discuss resources and tools that “we’ll make available to them—they need help,” the president said in a White House press briefing yesterday. “We must also ensure that our country can meet the mental health needs of those struggling in this crisis,” he said.

Trump Administration Puts VA Workers At Risk, Union Claims: The Trump administration is requiring veterans’ hospitals and federal prison employees who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus to go to work without a 14-day quarantine, putting them at risk, a union representing the workers said. In a pair of complaints filed yesterday to the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 260,000 employees at Veterans Affairs, said the government was failing to follow its own g uidelines to slow the spread of the virus. Read more from Erik Larson.

 

Research Efforts, Testing and Treatments

 

Trump Floats Hold on Funding for WHO: Trump said he is considering putting a “hold” on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization after the agency “blew it” by failing to sound the alarm sooner about the virus. “I’m not saying I’m going to do it, but we’re going to look at it,” Trump said at a White House briefing yesterday. Congress allocated about $123 million to the WHO for fiscal 2020. Earlier in the briefing Trump called the Geneva-based international body “very China centric.” He added that the WHO was wrong to advise against the travel restrictions that were imposed on China earlier this year. “They are always on the side of China, but we fund it,” Trump said. “So we want to look into it.” Alex Wayne and Justin Sink have more.

 

States, Rural Providers Gird for Next Wave: Rural hospitals in states projected to be part of the next wave of outbreaks of coronavirus in the U.S. are struggling to buy enough medical gear to prepare, as the virus spreads from cities into less-dense communities.  Health centers and hospitals bracing for coronavirus cases say they are closely watching how health-care providers in cities like New York and Seattle address large numbers of patients, but also worry about how they will manage the load as well as deal with dwindling cash reserves.  “It’s like being in a war zone,” said Mary W. Wetherall, CEO of NEPA Community Healthcare in Northeast Pennsylvania. “You know the front is 100 miles away, and you’re just wondering when it’s going to come to you.”

 

Jay Johnson, CEO of Duncan Regional Hospital, brought his southern Oklahoma hospitals and clinics to a near halt by canceling elective surgeries and retraining medical providers to treat patients with Covid-19. “It’s amazing how few people are here right now,” he said. “We’re ready for something, but we’ve completely brought the business model to its knees.”

 

On top of existing “hotspots” in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans and Detroit, the White House’s coronavirus task force voiced concerns about an exponential increase in other major metro areas nationwide, coordinator Deborah Birx said earlier this week. “We’re continuing to track very closely out of concerns of it potentially reaching the logarithmic phase in the Chicago metro area, the Boston metro area, the D.C. and Baltimore metro areas, Indianapolis, the Denver area, and two regions of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh area as well, and Dallas and Houston in the Texas area,” Birx said at the White House coronavirus task force press conference. While governors are closely tracking their states, metro areas can cross state lines, so it’s critical to track cases on a very granular level, Birx said.

 

At the same time, the task force has its eye on Vermont, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Montana. While the cases there still remain somewhere between 25 or 50 cases per 100,000, there were “a few standouts that we were concerned about,” she said. Such smaller outbreaks highlight how the virus can be both a rural and metro problem. Read more from Alex Ruoff and Jeannie Baumann.

 

Economic Reopening Depends on Testing: Meanwhile, the White House is developing plans to get the U.S. economy back in action that depend on testing far more Americans for the coronavirus than has been possible to date, according to people familiar with the matter. The effort would likely begin in smaller cities and towns in states that haven’t yet been heavily hit by the virus. Cities such as New York, Detroit, New Orleans and other places the president has described as “hot spots” would remain shuttered.   One person familiar with the White House’s planning said that a reopening effort is likely within about 30 days and that it’s expected officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or other government health professionals may object. Read more from Mario Parker.

 

Senate Democrats Propose Hazard Pay for Essential Workers: Senate Democrats are proposing giving hazard pay of up to $25,000 each for workers including grocery store employees, transit workers and pharmacists who are risking their lives to stay on the job amid the coronavirus outbreak. These people “are in the line of fire, day in and day out” to help others, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a conference call with reporters. “We are asking these workers to take on great risk. They should be compensated for it.” Democrats are also proposing a death benefit for essential workers who have lost their lives to the coronavirus, Schumer said. Read more from Laura Litvan and Steven T. Dennis.

 

Aid to Health Care Providers Coming This Week: CMS Administrator Seema Verma said at a White House press briefing last night $64 billion in aid will be released to health care systems this week alone. Verma said $30 billion of that money will be grants with no strings attached from the $100 billion in funds for hospitals designated in the third coronavirus stimulus package passed last month. Read more from Megan Howard and Jordan Fabian.

 

FEMA to Issue Temporary Export Block: FEMA will issue a temporary rule to allocate “certain scarce or threatened materials” for domestic use so that they are not exported from the U.S. without approval by the agency, according to a Federal Register document yesterday. The rule will cover five types of personal protective equipment, including N95 filtering facepiece respirators, certain surgical masks and gloves, reports Ben Livesey.

 

Mass Production of Testing Kits: The Department of Defense is best at “mass production,” and should assist with manufacturing coronavirus tests, according to House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) yesterday. He said he’s looking at the upcoming fiscal 2021 national defense authorization bill to carry provisions that would boost production of the testing swabs within the Defense Department. Smith says he is talking to Pelosi about including funding in the next stimulus to ramp up the Pentagon’s response, Roxana Tiron reports.

 

Separately, House Oversight and Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) asked Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for information on the availability of ventilators and personal protective equipment to military personnel and civilians working for DOD. Read the letter here.

WHO’s Stance on Masks: Global health officials continue to insist that medical-grade masks should be reserved for health-care workers, even as an increasing number of governments recommend the general public wear them to help slow the spread of coronavirus. “There is currently no evidence that wearing a mask, whether medical or other types, by healthy persons” could “prevent them from infection with respiratory viruses,” the WHO said in a report published Monday. But countries are still advising people to wear masks. Corinne Gretler has more.

 

Shortage of Drugs for Ventilator Use: House Progressive Caucus Co-Chairman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn and HHS Secretary Alex Azar yesterday asking whether the White House has any knowledge of potential shortages for drugs that patients need when they’re put on ventilators, including sedatives. Pocan said if any shortages are known, “Why haven’t they made those shortages known to the public?” He cited a report from Vox News that shortages of sedatives are imminent. Read the letter here.

 

FEMA Probed Over Supply Chain Issues: House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Maloney sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency inquiring about FEMA’s efforts to acquire and distribute personal protective equipment and other essential medical supplies to states, according to a statement. They cited a report from the HHS inspector general’s office “detailing the lack of medical equipment” in U.S. hospitals, and media reports that “FEMA is redirecting shipments of supplies and equipment meant for states and hospitals.” Read the letter here.

 

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) also wrote to FEMA, stating the agency in a briefing to Florida delegates last Friday admitted it has no visibility into what happens to personal protective equipment , like masks and gloves, once the agency turns it over to private medical supply companies. FEMA said 80% of supplies it has procured from around the world are turned over to such private companies for distribution, but it is unclear how much of it is getting to frontline workers quickly, Deutch said, Shira Stein reports.

 

 

Campaign Trail

 

Biden Says Damage Could ‘Eclipse’ Great Depression: Joe Biden said the economic recovery from the coronavirus would likely be the “biggest challenge in modern history,” suggesting it could surpass what the country faced after the Great Depression. “I think it may not dwarf, but eclipse what F.D.R. faced,” Biden said last night in an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN, referring to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. But Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said the recovery efforts would create an opportunity for the next president to address the nation’s longstanding structural problems. Read more from Tyler Pager.

 

Wisconsin Voters Forced To Wait at Polls: Wisconsin voters defied stay-at-home orders and waited for hours to cast ballots in the first state to hold an in-person election since the coronavirus pandemic shut down most public spaces. Although at least a dozen states have delayed primaries or switched to vote-by-mail since the outbreak, similar attempts by Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, were stymied by Republican opposition and rulings from the conservative majorities on the state and U.S. Supreme Courts. The election led t o renewed calls among congressional Democrats for national legislation to address the pandemic’s effects on voting. It’s likely that there will be court challenges to the results, which in a twist, won’t be announced until Monday.

 

“An election that forces voters to choose between protecting their health and casting their ballot is not a free and fair election,” House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said in a statement, Ryan Teague Beckwith reports.

 

Meanwhile, Texas Democrats are suing to try to spare voters from being forced to go to the polls during a pandemic, like in Wisconsin. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) already postponed a runoff election to July 14, from May 26, as part of the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, but the Democrats say that’s not enough and concerns will remain through the November general election. The complaint says the state has no given relevant guidelines for who can vote by mail during the current crisis, Edvard Pettersson reports.

Leaders Call for Remote Voting Options: Bipartisan leadership of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, made up of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), to consider remote options for lawmakers, including voting by telephone, video conference, or voting machines in district offices. Most members have returned to their districts due to the coronavirus pandemic. They said they want House leadership to use technological options to allow them to vote remotely.

“Governments around the world, including England and Japan, have deployed these options, and are voting from home,” the caucus wrote. House leadership has not backed a rules change to enable remote voting to date, the letter says, Rebecca Kern reports.

 

 

Other News Stories

‘Do Your Job’ Pence Tells Food Workers: Just hours after a labor union reported what may be the first poultry-worker deaths associated with the coronavirus in the U.S., Vice President Pence urged American food workers to continue to “show up and do your job” and said their work was vital. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that represents thousands of poultry-processing workers across the southern U.S. reported that two members at a Tyson Foods facility in Camilla, Ga., died from the virus. Read more from James Attwood and Isis Almeida.

 

Trump Forced by Oil War Into Push for Higher Prices: Trump is trying to do something no U.S. president has dared to do in decades: Drive up the price of oil. For more than three decades, U.S. presidents proclaimed cheap fuel as an almost God-given right for American motorists and homeowners, shaping the country’s foreign policy in pursuit of lower prices. As president, Trump didn’t just back cheap crude, he was its biggest supporter, frequently attacking OPEC and celebrating the shale boom’s deliverance of “energy dominance.”  Now, the Russia-Saudi price war and a killer pandemic have caused prices to plunge, putting Trump in the awkward position of begging those same countries to turn off the taps, even though retail gasoline will become more expensive as well. The U-turn comes as America has gone from being the top importer of oil to the top producer, aligning its interests more closely with Saudi Arabia and Russia in a shift that holds the potential to reverberate through foreign policy for years to come. Read more from Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Javier Blas.

 

Deficit at $741 Billion in First Half of 2020: The federal deficit was $741 billion in the first half of fiscal 2020, $50 billion more than in the first half of fiscal 2019, according to initial estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. The effects of the coronavirus did not affect the figure significantly, but some revenue effects will likely become apparent later this month because the tax filing deadline was delayed from April until July, the report said. But the virus response did lead to a $3 billion boost in March spending by the Labor Department, in part because of increases in unemployment benefits, the report said, Jack Fitzpatrick reports.

 

Lawmakers Seek Explanation on Trump’s IG Firing: Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is drafting a bipartisan letter demanding that Trump explain his firing of the intelligence community inspector general whose handling of the whistleblower complaint about Ukraine led to the impeachment inquiry. Their letter will reiterate the importance of inspectors general and state that the law requires the president to give more information to Congress on his decision to remove Michael Atkinson, according to a person familiar. Read more from Steven T. Dennis.

 

Grassley in a statement also praised the work of acting Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn Fine, who was ousted by Trump yesterday days after being chosen to lead a team of auditors to oversee $2 trillion in federal coronavirus relief spending. At a White House briefing yesterday, Trump said, “I don’t know Fine. I don’t think I ever met Fine.” Democrats were also quick to praise Fine and criticize the move, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stating “President Trump is abusing the coronavirus pandemic to eliminate honest and independent public servants because they are willing to speak truth to power and because he is so clearly afraid of strong oversight.” Read more from Todd Shields.

Texas Allowed to Halt Abortions: Texas struck a blow against abortion access yesterday, after a federal appeals court said the state can halt most procedures as long as the governor’s emergency health decree to save medical supplies for fighting the pandemic is in effect. A three-judge panel in New Orleans said on a 2-1 ruling yesterday that some women’s constitutional rights to abortion can be temporarily set aside during a national health emergency.  U.S. Supreme Court precedent says “all constitutional rights may be reasonably restricted to combat a public health emergency,” said Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan, who was appointed by Trump, in the majority opinion. The decision comes after clinics, impatient for guidance, threatened to escalate the issue to the Supreme Court last week. Read more from Laurel Calkins.

 

EU Upgrades Trade Arsenal to Offset U.S. Attack on WTO: European Union governments agreed to expand the bloc’s trade-sanctions power, signaling that concerns about the U.S. challenge to the global commercial order run deeper than the coronavirus pandemic. Diplomats from the 27-nation EU approved an upgrade to European legislation on enforcing international commercial rules. The envoys decided to let the EU impose penalties against countries that illegally restrict commerce and simultaneously block the World Trade Organization’s dispute-settlement process. Read more from Jonathan Stearns.

 

Detained Non-Violent Migrants’ Release Urged: House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Civil Rights Subcommittee Chairman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Homeland Security Department and border enforcement agencies asking them “release non-violent detainees,” after learning that the department has “no serious plan” to address overcrowding in detention facilities in order to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and “free up sufficient space for effective quarantining.” Read the letter here.

 

Trump Says He Lobbied Modi on Malaria Drug: Trump said in a Fox News interview last night he asked India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove export limits on an anti-malaria drug Trump has said he hopes will be effective against Covid-19. Earlier, India partially lifted a ban on hydroxychloroquine, but export would depend on meeting domestic requirements and existing orders, according to government officials with knowledge of the matter. The drug has not yet been approved or proven effective against coronavirus infections, and it carries significant side effects.

 

 

Today on the Hill

 

White House

  • 10:00 am – In-House Pool Call Time
  • 11:45 am – President receives his intelligence briefing
  • 1:45 pm – Trump participates in a phone call with State, Local and Tribal Leaders on COVID-19 response and mitigation
  • 2:30 pm – President participates in a phone call with faith leaders
  • 5:00 pm – Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing

The White House coronavirus task force will give parallel telephone briefings to House Democrats and Republicans today, according to House aides. Similar briefings are scheduled for senators tomorrow. The briefings are expected to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Senate

  • On recess and scheduled to return April 20th
  • The Senate will hold pro forma sessions Thursday at 10 a.m.

House

  • On recess
  • The House will hold a pro forma today at 11:30 a.m.

 

Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

  1. H.R.6456 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish a grant program that provides grants to expand broadband service.
  2. H.R.6457 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To clarify that the Federal Trade Commission Act prohibits excessive and unjustified price increases in the sale of certain products and services when an emergency or disaster results in abnormal disruptions of the market and for other purposes.
  3. H.R.6458 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend section 199A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the deduction under that section to apply to qualified BDC interest dividends in the same manner as qualified REIT dividends.
  4. H.R.6459 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide funds to enable counties to make competitive grants to qualified local units of government to address major community development and public infrastructure challenges, and for other purposes.
  5. H.R.6460 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide funding for needed child and adult care so that essential workers can report to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. H.R.6461 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To prohibit senior Government officials, including Members of Congress, from purchasing or selling certain investments, and for other purposes
  7. H.R.6462 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to provide coverage under the Medicaid program for certain individuals during national emergencies, and for other purposes.
  8. H.R.6463 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 23 and title 49, United States Code, to require transportation planners to consider projects and strategies to improve safe and convenient access to services by all modes of travel for all users, and for other purposes.
  9. H.R.6464 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 23, United States Code, to require transportation planners to consider projects and strategies to improve safe and convenient access to employment by all modes of travel for all users, and for other purposes.
  10. H.R.6465 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To waive certain provisions in the case of an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
  11. H.R.6466 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of Defense to conduct a report on the implementation and application of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System
  12. H.R.6467 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for an enhanced Coronavirus relief fund for units of government with a population of 500,000 or less, and for other purposes.
  13. H.R.6468 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for an enhanced Coronavirus relief fund, and for other purposes.
  14. H.R.6469 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To deauthorize a portion of the project for flood control and navigation, San Diego River and Mission Bay, San Diego County, California.
  15. H.R.6470 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to institute a 1-year waiting period before medical debt will be reported on a consumer’s credit report and to remove paid-off and settled medical debts from credit reports that have been fully paid or settled, to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to provide a timetable for verification of medical debt and to increase the efficiency of credit markets with more perfect information, and for other purposes.
  16. H.R.6471 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Li Wenliang, in recognition of his efforts to save lives by drawing awareness to COVID-19 and his call for transparency in China
  17. H.R.6472 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To prohibit price gouging in connection with the public health emergency resulting from COVID-19, and for other purposes.
  18. H.R.6473 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize certain retired members of the Armed Forces to be placed in the Ready Reserve and to receive retired pay and the pay and allowances for duty that member performs.
  19. H.Res.916 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)Recognizing the heroism of our Nation’s health care workers and first responders, including doctors, nurses, emergency medical services (EMS) professionals, medical staff, pharmacists, law enforcement personnel, and military personnel, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  20. H.Res.917 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should withhold the contribution of Federal funds to the World Health Organization until Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus resigns and an international commission to investigate the World Health Organization is established.

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