COVID-19 Federal Update 5-11-20

May 11, 2020

Spread of COVID-19 White House and Congress

Trump Battles In-House Outbreak: President Donald Trump faces a tricky proposition this week, as he tries to convince Americans it’s safe to return to work and social life while combating a coronavirus scare moving closer than ever to his own office. Vice President Mike Pence has been self-isolating from the White House following his press secretary Katie Miller’s diagnosis of Covid-19 on Friday, said three people familiar with the situation. A spokesman said he’d be back at the White House today. Miller’s infection brought the virus into Trump’s inner circle, as she’s married to one of his closest advisers, Stephen Miller, known best as the architect of much of his immigration crackdown. Pence didn’t attend a meeting at the White House on Saturday with Trump and top military officials.

Neither did two members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who’ve had their own brushes with coronavirus, Chief of Naval Operations Michael Gilday and the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force General Joseph Lengyel. Gilday has had contact with an infected family member. Lengyel tested positive on Saturday, and later tested negative, a Defense Department spokesman said. He’ll be tested again today. A rapid-test screening at the White House ahead of Trump’s meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room caught Lengyel’s positive status, one person familiar with the matter said. Trump has ratcheted up his efforts to urge Americans to reopen businesses and resume a more normal social life, as widespread social distancing practices continue to exact unprecedented damage on the U.S. economy — once his favorite argument for re-election. Read more from Jennifer Jacobs.

Sen. Alexander to Self Quarantine: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will self-quarantine in Tennessee for 14 days after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19, his chief of staff David Cleary says in a statement. The staffer tested positive yesterday, and Alexander last tested negative May 7. Alexander has no symptoms.   Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is due to lead the panel’s virtual hearing tomorrow on the virus response, which includes testimony from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield.  Redfield and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn are also now quarantining after coming into contact with the White House staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus. Fauci, will start a “modified quarantine,” during which he’ll primarily work from home and wear a mask continually for 14 days, he told CNN on Saturday, Jennifer A. Dlouhy reports.

Happening on the Hill

The Senate is back today with plans to continue considering President Donald Trump’s nominations, with a possible vote this week on legislation to reinstate some expired surveillance programs. The House could return with a vote on another Covid-19 response bill, but no schedule or legislation has been released. Moderates and progressives were still debating the contents of a possible bill late last week. Leaders are considering proposals including extending unemployment benefits and providing more cash payments to individuals, Bloomberg News’ Erik Wasson reports.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week there will also likely be a vote on changing rules to let members cast proxy votes for absent colleagues as the coronavirus pandemic continues. House leaders promised a 72-hour notice before a vote would occur to allow for travel to Washington, according to a person on a call with leaders last week.

Democratic efforts could run into a roadblock in the Senate and White House. The flood of spending early in the pandemic has rekindled deficit concerns among Republican lawmakers, Bloomberg News’ Steven T. Dennis reports.

After backing almost $3 trillion to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans have begun raising alarms about the deficit and characterizing a new relief package as an if, not when, proposition.

Trump is also tapping the brakes on the idea of swift action on any new aid package, saying he’s in “no rush” for a new stimulus even after Friday’s Labor Department report showed an unprecedented 20 million jobs were lost in April.

More Committee & Meeting Highlights

Coronavirus Misinformation: Reps. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.), vice chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) are holding a livestreamed forum today at 1:30 p.m. to discuss how policy makers can respond to coronavirus-related misinformation on media platforms and social media. Panelists include Nina Jankowicz, disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, and Renee DiResta, research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory.

More on the Coronavirus Response: The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee plans a hearing Thursday on scientific integrity in the Covid-19 response. The panel has asked Rick Bright, the former Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority director who was reassigned, to testify. Bright said he was ousted over his concerns regarding a drug pushed by the Trump administration to treat the coronavirus and clashed repeatedly with his superiors over other issues related to the pandemic, according to a complaint he filed on Tuesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow will examine liability during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Financial Regulator Oversight: The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing of financial regulators tomorrow. Witnesses include Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Randal Quarles, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Jelena McWIlliams, and National Credit Union Administration Chairman Rodney Hood.

Later in the day, the committee will consider the nominations of Brian Miller to be special inspector general for pandemic recovery for the Department of the Treasury, and Dana Wade to be assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Foreign Relations Markup: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets Thursday to mark up 20 measures including: S. 2953, to provide congressional oversight of U.S. talks with Taliban officials and Afghanistan’s comprehensive peace process; S. 2743, to establish the China Censorship Monitor and Action Group, S. 712, to provide assistance for U.S. citizens and nationals taken hostage or unlawfully or wrongfully detained abroad; S. 238, to monitor and combat anti-Semitism globally; and S. 3176, to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriations of funds to Israel.

The committee is also scheduled to vote on the nomination of Michael Pack to be CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. On Wednesday, the committee meets for a hearing on ambassador nominations including Natalie Brown to Uganda, Sandra Clark to Burkina Faso, William Grayson to Estonia, Henry Wooster to Jordan, and Ramsey Coats Day to be assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Cybersecurity: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meets Wednesday for a hearing on updating U.S. cybersecurity strategy and posture based on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission report.

Broadband: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will discuss the state of broadband connectivity and the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday. The CEOs of telecommunications trade groups including the Competitive Carriers Association, Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom will testify.

Nominations: The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on nominations Thursday including Stephen Schwartz and Kathryn Davis to be judges on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, six district judges, one U.S. attorney and one U.S. marshal.

Senate Floor

The Senate meets at 3 p.m.

HUD & DHS Nominees: At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote to invoke cloture, or limit debate, on the nomination of Brian D. Montgomery to be deputy secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department.

McConnell has also filed for cloture on Troy D. Edgar to be the chief financial officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

Expired Surveillance Programs: McConnell on Thursday called for passage — without amendments — this week of House-passed legislation (H.R. 6172) that would restore legal authorities that lapsed March 15 for two different types of surveillance and the collection of relevant business records.

In a floor speech, McConnell urged the rejection of three amendments that are guaranteed votes under a procedural deal because they’d “jeopardize tools that keep America safe.”

But increased skepticism about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, may still propel the Senate to adopt one amendment that makes modest changes to the legislation, privacy advocates say, James Rowley reports.

House Floor

The House is scheduled to meet tomorrow at noon.

 

Future Coronavirus Stimulus

Pelosi Confronts Rift on ‘Big and Bold’ Aid: Some moderate House Democrats facing re-election in tightly contested districts are pushing back against demands from the party’s progressive wing for an expansive new coronavirus relief package and urging compromise with Republicans to get the bill through Congress quickly. Progressive House Democrats advocate using the next bill to promote plans for guaranteed income, higher auto-emission standards and bolstered health care. They seek to showcase those priorities even if it means the House passes a bill with no bipartisan support.

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said House Democrats could present and vote on their plan as soon as this week, while also describing it as a starting point for negotiations with President Donald Trump’s administration and Senate Republicans. Read more from Erik Wasson.
  • Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last Friday requesting the Trump administration issue guidance that airlines that received payroll support as part of the CARES Act are prohibited from reducing workers’ pay, hours and benefits through Sept. 30.
  • “As Congress looks at any potential future COVID-19 related legislation, we will have to closely consider the needs of the maritime industry,” said Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee ranking member Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) following last Friday’s House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on how the U.S. maritime industry is responding during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

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Reopening of the States

White House Looks Abroad for Reopening Ideas: The Trump administration has cited success stories in South Korea and Austria as it calls for Americans to return to work — but those countries moved faster than the U.S. to combat the pandemic and have been more cautious in reopening their economies. And a third country U.S. officials once regarded as a model, Singapore, is now struggling with a resurgence of the outbreak.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett have said in the past two weeks that the Trump administration is monitoring those three nations as it plans for the U.S. to reopen. But they offer flawed comparisons at best, given the much larger size of the U.S. and its outbreak, as well as measures taken to curb the virus. Read more from Josh Wingrove, Boris Groendahl and Kanga Kong.

 

Healthcare

What We Don’t Know About the Virus: The best minds in virology are trying to unravel a mystery: How did a lethal coronavirus jump from the wilds of rural China to major human population centers? And what chain of genetic mutations produced a pathogen so perfectly adapted for stealth and mass transmission? Deciphering the creation story of SARS-CoV-2, as the virus rampaging around the globe is known, is a crucial step toward arresting a pandemic that’s killed 270,000-plus and triggered what could be the worst economic collapse sinc e the Great Depression. While crash vaccine programs are underway in the U.S., Europe and China, an inoculation to ward off the virus may not be ready for months, and the jury’s out on possible treatments. In the meantime, to reduce the risk of deadly secondary outbreaks or the emergence of an entirely new strain, disease chasers need to retrace the pathogen’s journey around the globe. That means heading back to China, where it all began sometime in 2019. Read more from Jason Gale, Robert Langreth and John Lauerman.

Majority Black Counties See Triple the Covid Death Rate: It has become increasingly clear that black Americans are dying at alarmingly high rates of Covid-19. But absent national statistics, the picture remains incomplete. Piecemeal data trickling out of cities and states have shown disproportionate death rates among African Americans, with an analysis of available state-provided figures by APM Research Lab putting the black death rate at 2.6 times higher than that of whites. Read more from Jeff Green and Jackie Gu.

Quidel’s Antigen Test Approved: The Food and Drug Administration approved a new antigen test that could help rapidly screen people infected with Covid-19. The emergency use authorization, the first ever for a Covid-19 antigen test, was granted late Friday to San Diego-based Quidel, the company and the FDA said. The move could be a breakthrough in screening for the coronavirus, coming as state and local governments ease their lockdown orders and businesses begin reopening across the U.S. Health professionals argue that swift screening is key to temper new outbreaks. Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Katerina Petroff have more.  Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb yesterday called the new Quidel test a “game changer.” He told CBS yesterday that each test will probably cost about $5, with results available within minutes. Gottlieb, now a special partner at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm that invests in the health-care and biotech sectors, said “doctors now have about 40,000 of these Sophia machines already installed in their offices” where they’re used to test for strep throat and flu. Read more from Dlouhy.

FDA Approves Test Using At-Home Collection: The FDA Friday approved the first diagnostic test with the option of home-collected saliva samples for Covid-19 testing. The FDA issued the emergency use authorization to Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory. The authorization for the molecular test permits testing of a saliva sample collected from the patient using a designated self-collection kit. Read more from Robert Lavelle.

U.S. Ships Remdesivir to States: The federal government is sending Gilead Science’s remdesivir to Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey after doctors raised questions about the federal allocation of the drug to treat patients. State health agencies, rather than the federal government, will distribute doses to the hospitals, the Health and Human Services Department said Saturday. Illinois and New Jersey each get more than 100 cases. Read more from Steve Geimann.

New Funding for Testing, Tracing Sought: House Democrats want to provide more funds for Covid-19 testing and surveillance to aid efforts to restart the U.S. economy, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said during a teleconference briefing. The House does “intend to do more” in terms of funding testing and contact tracing programs, he said. At the briefing, Andy Slavitt, a former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, outlined his $46.5 billion plan to reopen the economy and expand the contact tracing workforce. Slavitt warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is still growing in much of the country and the public health infrastructure needs to expand. “We’re heading to 100,000 American lives lost, and we’re not appreciably slowing,” he said. Read more from Alex Ruoff.

GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid: The flood of pandemic-relief spending from Washington has rekindled deficit concerns among Republican lawmakers, one of several hurdles facing the next round of stimulus many economists say is needed to pull the U.S. out of its downward spiral. After backing almost $3 trillion to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans now have begun raising alarms about the deficit and characterizing a new relief package as an if, not when, proposition. Trump is also tapping the brakes on the idea of swift action on any new aid package, saying he’s in “no rush” for a new stimulus even after Friday’s Labor Department report showing an unprecedented 20 million jobs were lost in April. Read more from Steven T. Dennis.

Democrats Push to Restore WHO Funding: Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are offering legislation that would restore U.S. funding for the World Health Organization and appropriate $9 billion to support international efforts to fight the pandemic. The move comes as Trump and his administration claim that the agency was complicit in the spread of the virus by accepting initial claims from China about the severity of the outbreak. He then temporarily suspended U.S. payments to the WHO. The legislation would require the immediate restoration of funds to the WHO and would re-establish a position for global health emergencies on the staff of the National Security Council. The legislation also aims to keep sanctions from affecting humanitarian relief and medical equipment delivery efforts to North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela. Read more from Daniel Flatley.

Meanwhile, the Department of State said Friday that China has stepped up a campaign to shift blame for the outbreak by using fake internet accounts to promote conspiracies on the source of the virus as Beijing adopts Russian-style disinformation tactics. Experts at the department’s Global Engagement Center have found evidence of a campaign linked to the ruling Communist Party in which accounts run by Chinese officials and other officials gained hundreds of followers a day. Nick Wadhams has more.

Virus Research Integrity: The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee plans a hearing Thursday on scientific integrity in the Covid-19 response. The panel has asked Rick Bright, the former Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority director who was reassigned, to testify. Bright said he was ousted over his concerns regarding a drug pushed by the Trump administration to treat the coronavirus and clashed repeatedly with his superiors over other issues related to the pandemic, according to a complaint he filed last Tuesday.

Letters & Legislation:

  • Senate HELP ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Friday asked HHS’s assistant secretary of preparedness Robert Kadlec for “corrected paperwork” regarding potential conflicts of interest, citing news reports he failed to disclose connections to companies with business directly relevant to his position at the department. Murray and five other Democrats requested a briefing and his “assurances that all decisions made at ASPR are driven by public health” before May 19. Read the letter here.
  • Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Friday led 8 Senate Democrats in urging the Trump administration to cover Covid-19 treatment expenses for Americans enrolled in short-term health insurance plans, sometimes referred to as “skinny plans,” and “junk plans” by critics. The plans, backed by the Trump administration as a cheap alternative to coverage on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, don’t cover some expenses as required by the ACA, Murphy and Baldwin say. Read the letter here.
  • House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee ranking member Michael Burgess (R-Texas) on Friday sent a letter to Chairwoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to call for a hearing on the Strategic National Stockpile. “The committee has a responsibility to actively examine through hearings how to improve efforts to fight COVID-19,” Burgess said in a statement. Burgess wants the hearing to investigate concerns related to the distribution of SNS supplies amid concerns of shortages of personal protective equipment at hospitals. Read the letter here.

HHS Said Debated Wider Use for Malaria Drug: A request from HHS Secretary Alex Azar to make an established malaria treatment available for Covid-19 patients set off an internal debate about how to authorize the drug’s use for that purpose, a complaint filed by a recent administration official said. The FDA ultimately gave hydroxychloroquine an “emergency use authorization” letting doctors in hospitals, under certain conditions, prescribe the drug for patients with the virus’ respiratory disease. Read more from Shira Stein and Jeannie Baumann.

  • Novartis expects to present results from a U.S. study of hydroxychloroquine in July, as well as for two other drugs being tested for Covid-19 effectiveness — Ilaris and Jakavi, CEO Vas Narasimhan told Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Wochenende. Novartis is ready to ramp up production of hydroxychloroquine, Narasimhan said in the interview. Still, existing studies of the drug didn’t meet the highest standard of clinical research and the company is focused on delivering reliable data regarding Covid-1 9 usability, he said. Read more from Jan Dahinten.

Coronavirus-Related Patents to Be Fast-Tracked: Small businesses working on coronavirus-related drugs or treatments can get patents in as few as six months under a new program announced by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “Independent inventors and small businesses are often the difference makers when it comes to cutting-edge innovation and the growth of our economy,” patent office Director Andrei Iancu said in a statement. “They are also in most need of assistance as we fight this pandemic.” Susan Decker has more.

Sleuthing at Funeral Parlors to Track Nursing Homes’ True Toll: Connecticut is swabbing corpses at funeral homes. Maryland is testing all nursing-home residents and staff, symptomatic or not. Coast to coast, governors have intensified efforts to get accurate death counts at the facilities as investigations suggest far more devastation than initially recorded. In New York and New Jersey, tallies of deaths from the novel coronavirus surged in recent days after the states began disclosing more data on nursing-home residents. On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added a requirement that all positive test results for staff must be reported to the state health department by the next day.

Nursing homes account for at least a third of the nation’s 76,000 Covid-19 fatalities, and in 14 states they’re more than half the total, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data from Thursday. Those numbers, though, are woefully incomplete because 18 states aren’t disclosing such data and those that are provide varying levels of information. Read more from Elise Young and Keshia Clukey.

Dental Industry Sees Less Federal Aid: Dental practices accounted for more than a third of the 1.4 million health-care industry job losses in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dental practices lost 503,000 jobs in April, according to BLS data. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the health-care industry had been a cornerstone for growth in the economy, adding jobs steadily even through recent recessions. The coronavirus spread shut down much of the industry, with dental practices and physicians offices shedding a combined 746,000 jobs in April alone. Read more from Alex Ruoff.

GAO Faults Government on Scientist Recruitment: The FDA and NIH haven’t been able to recruit top scientists under an authority provided in a landmark biomedical innovation law because they are still waiting for guidance on how many people they can hire, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Friday, Jeannie Baumann reports.

 

Transportation

U.S. Airlines Endorse Fever Checks: Airlines for America, the trade group representing large airlines, said it would support fever checks for passengers and employees carried out by the Transportation Security Administration, Hailey Waller reports. The TSA and airlines have been in talks about starting fever checks, though no decision has been announced by the agency. In a statement Saturday, the airline group, whose members have been hard-hit by declining ticket sales, said the checks would “add an extra layer of protection for passengers as well as airline and airport employees.”  Temperature checks raise the ante for airlines trying to assure customers that it’s safe to fly. They’ve already stepped up cleaning procedures, adopted policies to ensure physical distance between passengers and announced requirements for masks or other face coverings on flights. The TSA also last week released guidance that all U.S. airport security screeners must start wearing masks.

The government and an industry working group are considering requiring face coverings be worn by everyone entering an airport, two people familiar with the discussions said.

  • Leaders of the Homeland Security and Transportation and Infrastructure committees sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf last Friday urging them to establish an interagency working group to coordinate safety plans in aviation operations.
  • “Although passenger volume has dramatically decreased, frontline employees are still going to work and aircraft are still flying. Right now, some airports and airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks or face coverings, and some employers are requiring employee temperature checks. However, frontline workers and airline passengers, subject to varying requirements, continue to comingle in public areas, secure areas, and finally on aircraft. Inconsistency creates uncertainty and limits the ef fectiveness of the actions taken,” they wrote.

Airline Traffic Recovery Forecast: Airline passenger levels have fallen to unprecedented lows as much of the nation is under stay-at-home directives. The TSA screened 215,444 passengers last Friday, the most for one day since March 25. A year earlier, the TSA checked 2.6 million passengers.  George Ferguson, senior aerospace, defense & airlines analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, explains why airline traffic may not recoup 2019 numbers until 2025 in a new Bloomberg podcast.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun offered a similar forecast, seeing air traffic approaching 2019 levels in three years, then taking another two years to return to the “growth curve” unless there’s a vaccine. U.S. carriers are “reasonably confident” they could be flying between 30% and 50% of their schedules by late 2020, Calhoun said in an interview with Fox Business, citing conversations with airline leaders.

  • Boeing plans to start up its 737 Max final assembly lines this month. The certification has been “constructive” and “thorough,” Calhoun said, but the documentation has taken longer than expected, Julie Johnsson reports.

Delta Airport Consolidation: Because of the low traveler numbers, airlines are consolidating flights and suspending routes. Starting Wednesday, Delta is temporarily consolidating service in 10 cities that are served by multiple airports; the list includes Chicago Midway, Hollywood Burbank and Manchester-Boston Regional. The airports will remain closed at least until September, but Delta plans to re-accommodate affected travelers and will provide pay protection options for employees through Sept. 30.

Auto Industry to Raise $100B for Virus Relief Global automakers and suppliers are on track to get at least $100 billion of bank financing as the coronavirus pandemic hammers car sales. Mazda is the latest to join the rush, with Nikkei reporting that the company is seeking a 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) loan from Japanese banks. General Motors, Ford and Daimler are among biggest auto-sector borrowers. Almost all major global automakers have tapped banks for financing since early March — either making drawdowns from existing facilities or seeking new loans — as the viral outbreak puts global auto sales on course for a 22% slump this year, based on an IHS Markit forecast. The financing is part of a wider global rush, with companies across a host of industries bolstering balance sheets as they confront tumbling sales, shuttered facilities and rising cash burn.

Honda Starts Reopening Plans Today: Honda Motor will resume operations at its vehicle and auto-parts factories in the U.S. and Canada today, joining a caravan of other carmakers restarting North American production this month for the first time since mid-March, Chester Dawson reports. The Japanese automaker said Friday it will gradually ramp up output and stagger its reopening to allow workers to get used to new safety practices, including temperature checks and social-distancing measures.   Toyota also plans to reopen U.S. plants today, while Nissan said it would delay its restart indefinitely while it evaluates market demand and the readiness of its supply base. Detroit’s three automakers have announced plans to resume production in the U.S. beginning May 18.

Tesla Sues Over Shutdown: Elon Musk lashed out at the California county blocking Tesla from reopening its only U.S. car plant, threatening to immediately relocate operations to other states and cease manufacturing at the factory. Hours after the chief executive officer tweeted that Tesla would sue Alameda County, which didn’t allow the facility to resume operations Friday, the electric-car maker filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Tesla claims the county’s health order violates due process and “puts businesses deemed critical to the nation’s well-being by the federal and state governments between a rock and a hard place.”

In a blog post Saturday, Tesla said it has started the process of resuming operations and described its restart plan as “the result of months of careful planning and preparation.” Read more from Dana Hull and Ed Ludlow.

Miami Delegation Silent: Lawmakers representing South Florida, home of cruise company Carnival, have been largely silent about the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s probe into the company’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak on its ships. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who represents the district where the company is headquartered, didn’t respond to requests for comment on the topic late last week. Neither did his Miami colleagues, Reps. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.), who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The company employs about 3,500 people in the greater Miami area, said Roger Frizzell, Carnival’s spokesperson.

Border Wall a No Go in Homeland Approps: While there plenty of issues are still up in the air due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus response, one thing is clear about House Democrats’ funding priorities: They won’t offer any money for Trump’s border wall. “I’m not funding that,” House Appropriations Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) said in an interview. House appropriators have managed to make significant progress on funding legislation while mostly working from home over the last month, with some sending in the first draft of their fiscal 2021 spending bills last Friday so that House Democratic leaders could review it. But there are still plenty of question marks, though, Roybal-Allard said. In the Homeland Security spending bill, it’s hard to predict what border security needs will be.

House Panel Leaders Ask FCC to Rethink Ligado Approval Over GPS: House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and the panel’s top Republican, Mac Thornberry (Texas), asked the FCC to reconsider its approval of a mobile network by Ligado, citing risks to GPS. In a May 7 letter signed by 21 other members of the committee, they expressed “deep concern” over the approval granted April 20. The lawmakers requested a response within seven days. Ligado says its service would operate at low power and wouldn’t interfere with GPS devices using their assigned airwaves. The lawmakers in their letter told the FCC they “want to ensure that the commissioners have independently confirmed” Ligado assertions “with a classified briefing on the testing done by DoD.” Read more from Todd Shields.

T&I Bill Seeks to Block Trump Water Rule: House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Water and Environment Subcommittee, introduced legislation Friday that would prevent the Trump administration from redefining the water bodies and wetlands subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act. The bill, which has support from national and regional environmental groups, would give the EPA and the Army Corps two years to revise the regulation based on the best available science. The committee hasn’t yet set a date for a hearing or a markup, Amena H. Saiyid reports.

Toll Marketplace Aims to Bolster State Transportation Projects: Reps. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) — all members on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — are sponsoring a bill that would establish a marketplace for states to sell toll credits to fund state and regional transportation projects.  Toll credits accrued by states can only be used to cover their local costs for federally-funded projects under existing law, leaving many states with extra credits. “New Hampshire’s infrastructure is in critical need while our state has hundreds of millions of dollars in federal toll credits on the table that can’t be accessed,” said Pappas in a statement. “This legislation will allow states with surplus toll credits to trade and leverage them for projects that will improve our transportation system, create jobs, and bolster our economy.”

Trump Establishes National Transportation Week: Trump declared this week National Transportation Week in a presidential proclamation last Friday, and highlighted his efforts to overhaul regulations aimed at increasing infrastructure projects. “After decades of use, however, many of our Nation’s roads, rails, ports, and airports are in disrepair. One of the chief causes of delay in infrastructure improvements is the broken permitting process,” he wrote. “I directed Federal agencies to implement a One Federal Decision policy and complete environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects within 2 years. My Administration has also proposed the first comprehensive update to the regulations that implement the National Environmental P olicy Act in more than 40 years.”

Lithium Batteries Further Restricted in New Rule: Federal requirements for lithium batteries on aircraft are becoming more stringent, restricting luggage with built-in lithium batteries (also known as smart luggage) to aircraft cabins unless the battery is removed. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is also requiring lithium batteries to be separated from other hazardous materials, primarily flammable liquids, when transported on board. PHMSA is updating its hazmat transportation rules to be in tune with worldwide standards for carrying lithium batteries and other potentially dangerous products. The agency’s final rule is scheduled to be published in today’s Federal Register. Sylvia Carignan has more on the rule.

Refiners Making More Diesel Than Needed: Refiners in the U.S. are making diesel fuel faster than truckers and farmers can burn it. While jet fuel and gasoline demand — and prices — plunged at the start of the pandemic with driving and flying largely shut down, diesel was more resilient as delivery trucks stayed on the roads. That’s changed now, however, as refiners shifted to make more diesel and some states start to open up, boosting gasoline consumption. Read more from Bloomberg News.

 

Economy

GOP Finds Deficit-Scold Voice Again: The flood of pandemic-relief spending from Washington has rekindled deficit concerns among Republican lawmakers, one of several hurdles facing the next round of stimulus many economists say is needed to pull the U.S. out of its downward spiral. After backing almost $3 trillion to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans now have begun raising alarms about the deficit and characterizing a new relief package as an if, not when, proposition. Trump is also tapping the brakes on the idea of swift action on any new aid package, saying he’s in “no rush” for a new stimulus even after Friday’s Labor Department report showing an unprecedented 20 million jobs were lost in April.

With Democrats pressing for another package of relief that will likely carry a trillion-dollar price tag, Republicans like Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) are already contemplating how to stem the red ink that’s pushed 2020 deficit projection to almost $4 trillion from $1 trillion at the start of the year. “We’ve got to figure out now how we’re going to pay for it,” Scott said in an interview. Otherwise, “we’re going to ruin this economy.” Read more from Steven T. Dennis.

Trump’s Economic Team Braces for Worsening Market: Trump’s economic advisers yesterday argued that a “safe” reopening of the U.S. is the needed urgently as they stare down the worst job numbers since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, although Trump has said he’s in no rush to enact another round of economic stimulus, the economic team said informal discussions are under way with members of Congress and others. The April U.S. jobless rate, released Friday, tripled to 14.7%, the highest since the 1930s. And it’s only set to worsen in May as job cut s spread further into white-collar work. Read more from Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Steve Geimann and Michael Riley.

The Reshaping of American Consumer Begins: Consumers drive 70% of U.S. gross domestic product and they’ve been dealt multiple blows. For some it’s a direct hit to their bank account. For others it’s a shot to their psyches as earners, spenders and social animals. There will doubtlessly be cheerleading from elected officials and business leaders as restrictions are slowly lifted. Already there’s talk of pent-up demand as consumers dream about getting out of the house for more than groceries and prescriptions. That may be true in some areas, like health care services, where important but non-urgent physician visits and medical procedures were postponed. More broadly, the reality is likely to be disappointing. Read more from Christopher Condon.

Mad Dash for Small-Business Loans Slows Down: The pace of processing loans from a popular coronavirus relief program for U.S. small businesses has slowed abruptly, allaying initial concerns that a second round of funding would be exhausted in a matter of days. The initial $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program ran out in 13 days, finishing at a clip of more than $30 billion per weekday. The additional $310 billion for the initiative, relaunched on April 27, reached $175.7 billion in approvals in five days, but the Small Business Administration has reported only $11 billion processed since then — a daily pace of $2.3 billion.

The slowdown has raised a fresh question: Why? Groups representing small businesses and lenders pointed to several possible factors, including the processing of a backlog of applications from the first round; the removal of duplicates from borrowers who applied at more than one bank; and the wariness of some firms applying after the Trump administration warned that companies that take loans and don’t need them could face criminal prosecution. Read more from Mark Niquette, Zachary R. Mider and Hannah Levitt.

‘Food Box’ Program to Ramp Up, Trump Says: Trump said in a tweet Saturday that the country will start buying up to $3 billion in surplus dairy products, meat and fresh produce from U.S. farmers starting next week. The program is part of the $2 trillion aid package passed by Congress in March and signed by Trump to support the economy during the pandemic. Read more from Mario Jose Valero.

 

Campaign Trail

Obama Calls Trump’s Response ‘Chaotic Disaster’: Former President Barack Obama delivered a blistering attack on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it “an absolute chaotic disaster” as well as “anemic.” Obama’s remarks, first reported by Yahoo News, came in a leaked call as the former president exhorted members of his administration to rally behind presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The comments were perhaps the most scathing criticism Obama has yet delivered of his successor in the White House. Read more from Jennifer A. Dlouhy.

Tax Returns Put SCOTUS in Political Storm: The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear what could become the biggest cases involving Trump as president, a pair of constitutional clashes that could insulate chief executives from investigations while in office and add an explosive new element to the 2020 campaign trail. Trump is trying to keep House Democrats and a New York prosecutor from seeing his financial records. The high court will hear back-to-back arguments tomorrow, by phone and live-streamed, on Trump’s efforts to block his banks and accountants from complying with subpoenas they have received. Read more from Greg Stohr.

Mail-In Election Could Trigger Chaos, Disputes: The pandemic-inspired moves toward the first mostly mail-in election in November may solve the public health issue, but the change will likely trigger problems that will reverberate long after Election Day. With tens of millions of Americans expected to mail in their ballots for the Nov. 3 general election amid a tangle of state laws, the country may not know whether Trump or Biden won for days, even weeks. And during those weeks, there will likely be charges of cheating, lawsuits and demands f or recounts in a country that prides itself on open, fair and efficient elections. Read more from Ryan Teague Beckwith.

 

Other stories

 

Former DOJ Official Says Barr ‘Twisted’ Her Words: A former career Justice Department official said Attorney General William Barr misused her statements to justify the department’s decision to drop the criminal case against Michael Flynn. Mary B. McCord, the Justice Department official overseeing the early stages of the Russia investigation, said in a New York Times opinion piece that the motion to dismiss the charges relied heavily on her account of events leading to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s interview of Flynn in January 2017. Read more from Michael Riley.

Meanwhile, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a letter Democrats on the panel are calling for the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate what they claim is Barr’s “politicization” of the department.

Financial Watchdog’s Conflicted Task Force Earning Top Dollar: A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau task force that has been criticized in the past for its pro-business leanings stands to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars to offer advice on how to “harmonize and modernize” federal laws aimed at protecting the public. Read more from Lydia Beyoud and Evan Weinberger.

Mass Shootings in U.S. Plunge: Forcing people in the U.S. to shelter at home during the coronavirus outbreak may have resulted in less death from Covid-19 infections but also much fewer victims of mass shootings. The number of mass shootings in the U.S. plunged 24% in April from a year earlier as churches, malls, restaurants, schools and parks were shuttered and most businesses closed, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of data. Chris Dolmetsch has more.

 

 

Today on the Hill

White House

  • 11:00 am – In-House Pool Call Time and Pence leads a governors’ video teleconference on Covid-19 response
  • 12:30 pm – Trump meets with the Secretary of State
  • 4:00 pm – Trump and the Administration officials deliver remarks and hold a press briefing on COVID-19 testing

Pence is back at the White House today after self-isolating following his press secretary Katie Miller’s diagnosis of Covid-19 on Friday

 

Senate

  • 3:00 pm – Senate meets at 3pm; considers nomination of Brian Montgomery to be HUD deputy secretary

The chamber this week may take up legislation that would reinstate some expired surveillance programs; a measure targeting human rights abuses in China is also a possible candidate for floor action

 

House

  • House leaders last week abandoned plans to reconvene today, citing concern about Covid-19 spread

Both chambers are trying to figure out next steps on response to the coronavirus

 

Friday’s Legislative Action

 

  1. 1. H.R.6735 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish the Consumer and Investor Fraud Working Group to help protect consumers and investors from fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic, to assist consumers and investors affected by such fraud, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  1. H.R.6736— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide rental assistance to tenants in multifamily rural housing projects financed by the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  2. H.R.6737— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt distilled spirits plants from denaturing requirements with respect to hand sanitizer produced to help combat COVID-19.Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  3. H.R.6738— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To reauthorize and amend the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Case, Ed [D-HI-1] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (9)Committees: House – Natural Resources; Science, Space, and TechnologyLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  4. H.R.6739— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require coverage under Medicare PDPs and MA-PD plans, without the imposition of cost sharing or utilization management requirements, of drugs intended to treat COVID-19 during certain emergencies.Sponsor: Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  5. H.R.6740— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To designate the area between the intersections of International Drive, Northwest and Van Ness Street, Northwest and International Drive, Northwest and International Place, Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia, as “Li Wenliang Plaza”, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Cheney, Liz [R-WY-At Large] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (20)Committees: House – Oversight and ReformLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  6. H.R.6741— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the CARES Act to provide forbearance and foreclosure moratoriums for all mortgage loans, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (24)Committees: House – Financial Services; JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  7. H.R.6742— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To prohibit the expenditure for an abortion of Federal funds authorized or appropriated for preventing, preparing for, or responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (38)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and LaborLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  8. H.R.6743— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the CARES Act to exclude from gross income emergency financial aid grants to students, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  9. H.R.6744— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide tax credits to low to moderate income individuals for certain computer and education costs; to direct the Federal Communications Commission to modify the requirements for the Lifeline program to provide increased support for broadband internet access service; and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (7)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  10. H.R.6745— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To prohibit implementation of a rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  11. H.R.6746— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the Secretary of Labor to establish a program for providing portable benefits to eligible workers, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – Education and LaborLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  12. H.R.6747— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize funding for formula grants for rural areas, to amend title 49, United States Code, to increase the percentage of funds available for grants and contracts for transportation research, technical assistance, training, and related support services in rural areas, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  13. H.R.6748— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide funding for cities, counties, and other units of general local government to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.Sponsor: Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Appropriations; BudgetLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  14. H.R.6749— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (39)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  15. H.R.6750— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Attorney General to award grants to eligible entities for first responders who handle elder justice-related matters, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  16. H.R.6751— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Small Business Act to include certain small business concerns in the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  17. H.R.6752— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish the Office to Enforce and Protect Against Child Sexual Exploitation.Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – Judiciary; Education and Labor; Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  18. H.R.6753— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to extend the rural community hospital demonstration program.Sponsor: Rep. Finkenauer, Abby [D-IA-1] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  19. H.R.6754— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide clarification regarding the tax treatment of expenses paid or incurred with proceeds from Paycheck Protection Program loans.Sponsor: Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie [D-TX-7] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  20. H.R.6755— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Small Business Act to revise requirements under the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  21. H.R.6756— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To modify the eligibility standards applicable to low-income college students under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 during COVID-19 public health emergency.Sponsor: Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Agriculture; Education and LaborLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  22. H.R.6757— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide additional agricultural products for distribution by emergency feeding organizations during the COVID-19 public health emergency.Sponsor: Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (54)Committees: House – Agriculture; BudgetLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  23. H.R.6758— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish requirements for funds appropriated to carry out the paycheck protection program, to require reporting on the use of such funds, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Garcia, Sylvia R. [D-TX-29] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  24. H.R.6759— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To strengthen and enhance certain ethics requirements for the Federal Government, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Gomez, Jimmy [D-CA-34] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Judiciary; Oversight and ReformLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  25. H.R.6760— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize assistance for fair housing enforcement activities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial Services; JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  26. H.R.6761— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a grant program to provide financial assistance to States in eradicating the Asian giant hornet, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Natural ResourcesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  27. H.R.6762— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide COVID-19 related assistance through a special earned income rule for purposes of the refundable child and earned income credits for taxable year 2020.Sponsor: Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  28. H.R.6763— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for the establishment of a COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force to gather data about disproportionately affected communities and provide recommendations to combat the racial and ethnic disparities in the COVID-19 response.Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (8)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Small Business; Education and Labor; Oversight and ReformLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Small Business, Education and Labor, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  29. H.R.6764— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 10, United States Code, to improve Congressional oversight and public transparency of military construction contract awards, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – Armed Services; Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  30. H.R.6765— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To cancel and waive certain debts owed to the United States with respect to Hurricane Sandy, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (7)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services; Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, and Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  31. H.R.6766— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To temporarily modify the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  32. H.R.6767— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for an extension of lease protections for servicemembers under stop movement orders in response to a local, national, or global emergency.Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (25)Committees: House – Veterans’ AffairsLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  33. H.R.6768— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to award grants for landlord-tenant mediation programs.Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  34. H.R.6769— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide food to veterans under the grant and per diem grant programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs during certain public health emergencies.Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Veterans’ AffairsLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  35. H.R.6770— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 23, United States Code, to encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of surface transportation systems, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  36. H.R.6771— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to convey certain property to the Tri-County Levee District.Sponsor: Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  37. H.R.6772— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To waive the cost share requirement for Indian Tribes receiving disaster assistance relating to COVID-19, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  38. H.R.6773— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a credit against tax for certain health care workers, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  39. H.R.6774— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a demonstration program to assess the effects of a hospital providing to qualified individuals medically tailored home-delivered meals, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – Ways and Means; RulesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  40. H.R.6775— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the CARES Act to reserve certain amounts for community financial institutions, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  41. H.R.6776— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for improvements related to the employee retention tax credit.Sponsor: Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: House – Ways and Means; Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  42. H.R.6777— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To repeal the matching requirement for payments made to States for election security grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – House AdministrationLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  43. H.R.6778— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Coronavirus Economic Stabilization Act of 2020 to place certain requirements on corporations receiving Federal aid related to COVID-19.Sponsor: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  44. H.R.6779— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To specify the ineligibility requirements based on illegal activity or criminal record applicable to the Paycheck Protection Program and certain emergency relief programs under the CARES Act, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  45. H.R.6780— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a toll credit exchange pilot program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Pappas, Chris [D-NH-1] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  46. H.R.6781— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for improved coordination between the paycheck protection program and the employee retention tax credit.Sponsor: Rep. Pappas, Chris [D-NH-1] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Ways and Means; Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  47. H.R.6782— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to submit a report on recipients of assistance under the paycheck protection program and the economic injury disaster loan program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Phillips, Dean [D-MN-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (10)Committees: House – Small BusinessLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  48. H.R.6783— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide bonus depreciation for certain space launch expenditures, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  49. H.R.6784— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 18, United States Code, to repeal the provision relating to private correspondence with foreign governments, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Reschenthaler, Guy [R-PA-14] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  50. H.R.6785— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and emergency Assistance Act to ensure appointment of a Tribal Response coordinator whenever a multi-State major disaster or emergency is declared.Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  51. H.R.6786— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title 10, United States Code, to include the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa in the definition of “State” for purposes of the Department of Defense STARBASE Program.Sponsor: Rep. Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho [D-MP-At Large] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Armed ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  52. H.R.6787— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide a payroll credit for certain pandemic-related employee benefit expenses paid by employers.Sponsor: Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  53. H.R.6788— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To enhance our Nation’s nurse and physician workforce during the COVID-19 crisis by recapturing unused immigrant visas.Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  54. H.R.6789— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To extend certain temporary credit union provisions enacted under the CARES Act, to include an exception for disaster area member business loans made by insured credit unions, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (10)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
  55. H.R.6790— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To prohibit the enforcement of certain loan covenants during the COVID-19 national emergency, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  56. H.R.6791— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To waive certain requirements with respect to in-person appraisals, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial Services; Veterans’ AffairsLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  57. H.R.6792— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to simplify payments for telehealth services furnished by Federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  58. H.R.6793— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities essential for pandemic preparedness, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  59. H.R.6794— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To promote access to mortgage credit during the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing restrictions on providing Federal backing for single-family mortgage loans in forbearance, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  60. H.R.6795— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To prohibit confessions of judgment in connection with the extension of covered credit or creation of covered debt, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  61. H.R.6796— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish and support advanced nuclear research and development programs and infrastructure at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Science, Space, and TechnologyLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  62. H.R.6797— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To increase support for State Children’s Health Insurance programs during the COVID-19 emergency, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-7] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (46)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  63. H.R.6798— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To defer removal of nationals of Haiti during the COVID-19 emergency period, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (20)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  64. H.Res.954— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Electing a certain Member to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.Sponsor: Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Latest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  65. H.Res.955— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governors and local officials across the Nation have abused their authority by infringing on the constitutional rights of Americans, ordering private businesses to close, requiring citizens to stay in their homes, and imposing draconian punishments for violations.Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (8)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  66. H.Res.956— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Recognizing the United Chinese Americans’ nationwide food drive and the contributions of Chinese Americans to the United States.Sponsor: Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – AgricultureLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  67. H.Res.957— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing support for the designation of May as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month”.Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  68. H.Res.958— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Condemning the practice of politically motivated imprisonment and calling for the immediate release of political prisoners in the Russian Federation and urging action by the United States Government to impose sanctions with respect to persons responsible for that form of human rights abuse.Sponsor: Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Foreign AffairsLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  69. H.Res.959— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Recognizing the roles and contributions of the teachers of the United States in building and enhancing the civic, cultural, and economic well-being of the United States.Sponsor: Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Education and LaborLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  70. H.Res.960— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Recognizing the right to counsel in civil proceedings.Sponsor: Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (14)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  71. H.Res.961— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President should work with the Government of the United Kingdom to prepare for a future free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom.Sponsor: Rep. Murphy, Gregory [R-NC-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  72. H.Res.962— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing support for assisting East African countries afflicted by the plague of desert locusts.Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Foreign AffairsLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  73. H.Res.963— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the International Olympic Committee should rebid the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to be hosted by a country that recognizes and respects human rights.Sponsor: Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] (Introduced 05/08/2020) Cosponsors: (19)Committees: House – Foreign AffairsLatest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  74. S.Con.Res.38— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A concurrent resolution to establish the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for the inauguration of the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States on January 20, 2021Sponsor: Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] (Introduced 05/06/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Latest Action: House – 05/08/2020 Held at the desk. (All Actions)

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