COVID-19 Federal Update 5-22-20

May 22, 2020

Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported: (last Friday, 85,906); Monday 90,980; Tuesday 91,985; Wednesday 95,358; Thursday 94,948; Friday 96,363.

Happening on the Hill

White House

  • 9:00 am – In-House Pool Call Time
  • 11:30 am – Trump participates in a Rolling to Remember Ceremony Honoring Our Nation’s Veteran’s and POW/MIA
  • 12:30 pm – Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • 2:00 pm – Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a briefing

House

  • The House is not in session today, and will next meet for a pro forma session tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Senate

  • 9:00 am Senate holds pro forma session at 9am; lawmakers return on June 1

It isn’t immediately clear if Senate will act to approve a bipartisan proposal to extend the small-business Paycheck Protection Program and make other changes to the initiative during a pro forma session over break or wait until members return

 

SBA Program

Trump administration said firms that took loans of more than $2 million that they didn’t need from a small business aid program would be allowed to repay the money without legal consequences ahead of a deadline today

If you’re looking for a real-time list of public companies who have received SBA Cares Act loans, AI Margaret rom Factsquared has been reading SEC 8-Ks as they’re filed.

https://factba.se/sba-loans

Healthcare

Burr Probe Upends Senators’ Health Agenda An investigation into Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) stock trading throws into question his political future and the direction of a crucial Senate domestic policy committee.

Burr has been in line to helm the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, as Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) retires at year’s end, as will senior members Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), who currently leads a subcommittee focused on health care and retirement security, and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).

But Burr stepped down May 14 as chairman of the intelligence panel after FBI agents seized his cellphone for the probe into his $1.7 million sale of stocks in February as the coronavirus pandemic loomed. The inquiry has also entangled Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.).

Burr is widely seen as the top GOP member most likely to maintain Alexander’s direction for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee by taking on an overhaul of the Higher Education Act and health-care costs, while focusing less on labor matters.

If Burr takes charge of the panel, all signs point to him maintaining health policy as a priority, said Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician and HELP member. Burr has criticized the FDA on its proposals to ban menthol in cigarettes and has opposed measures that levy new user fees on drug production.

Any Republican committee leader would want to work on lowering health-care costs, allowing states more flexibility in adjusting rules for health insurers, Marie Fishpaw, director of domestic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, said. “The path forward would be to build on those successes,” she said.

Burr’s woes come in a challenging election year for Senate Republicans, with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) all facing difficult re-election bids, fueling Democrats’ hopes of winning control of the chamber in November. Read more from Jaclyn Diaz, Alex Ruoff, and Andrew Kreighbaum.

GOP Scrutinizes Planned Parenthood Loans: A group of Republican senators urged the Justice Department to investigate Planned Parenthood affiliates that got coronavirus aid loans even though the lawmakers say they weren’t eligible. The organization said its affiliates are independent and qualified for funding.

The 27 senators, including Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asked Attorney General William Barr in a letter yesterday to open a probe, citing a Fox News report that at least 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates in the U.S. received about $80 million in loans under the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.

The Planned Parenthood entities certified on loan applications that they were eligible when they knew they weren’t, the senators argued. They cited language in the bill enacted in March creating the program and an implementing rule, as well as a statement from Planned Parenthood Action Fund complaining that the bill gave the White House discretion to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates. Read more from Mark Niquette and Ben Brody.

Democrats Seek to Force Medical Supply Production: Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) announced they will unveil a measure today that would require the president to use the Defense Production Act to designate personal protective equipment, testing supplies, and a future vaccine “as critical material essential to the national defense,” according to a statement. It would direct the materials to be produced and distributed to states “based on their requests for supplies and in proportion to their populations.” Read the text of the bill here.

Americans Venture Out for Holiday Travel in Test of Containment: Americans are fleeing weeks of home isolation for beaches, parks and other leisure destinations over the Memorial Day weekend — and that has pandemic experts and businesses concerned about a spike in coronavirus cases. Many states have begun to lift restrictions at the urging of President Donald Trump while travel and tourism businesses are seeing signs of life after nearly two months of near-zero demand. Yet those limits on public activity helped slow the spread of the virus, and a surge in tourism could mean trouble, said Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

“We should be worried about increases in Covid-19 transmission,” he said. “I do expect that we’re going to see an uptick in coronavirus cases a week to two weeks after Memorial Day because of that increase in travel as well as because of the premature relaxing of social distancing in some states.” Read more from Ryan Beene and Alan Levin.

Dozens of Antibody Tests to Exit Market: The FDA said yesterday that 27 coronavirus antibody tests will no longer be distributed in the U.S., as part of a previously-announced crackdown by the regulator on the tests. Antibody tests look for markers in the blood that indicate exposure to the coronavirus, but, in contrast with diagnostic tests, cannot determine whether a patient has an active Covid-19 infection.

The FDA’s stricter stance on antibody tests follows an initially permissive policy that let hundreds of antibody tests be sold without the regulator’s oversight and prompted criticism about the tests having accuracy issues. The 27 tests either didn’t seek authorization from the FDA or had “significant problems” identified with them, according to the FDA. Read more from Jacquie Lee and Emma Court.

  • Meanwhile, drugmaker Abbott said an interim analysis of a study in urgent care clinics indicates that its Covid-19 rapid test, ID NOW, performs best in patients tested earlier after their symptoms start to show, when they are most likely to go in for care. The findings come about a week after the FDA warned that the virus test had potential accuracy issues. Read more from Drew Armstrong and Michelle Fay Cortez.

Mixing of Tests Muddy Virus Data as U.S. Looks at When to Reopen: The CDC and some states reported both completed diagnostic tests and antibody tests in public datasets, mixing results that show current infections with past infections and presenting an image of testing capacity that’s greater than the on-the-ground reality. The agency is now working to distinguish the two types of tests and will report the differentiated data online “in the coming weeks,” a CDC spokesperson said. Read more from Emma Court.

Report Says 4.1% of U.S. Infected: A new report from the Imperial College London estimates that 4.1% of the U.S. has been infected by the coronavirus, with a wide variation between states. In New York, the world’s epicenter, the researchers estimate that 16.6% of the population has already been infected. Researchers conducted their first state-by-state analysis of the U.S., modeling the number of people infected, those currently infectious and average number of secondary infections caused by people with Covid-19. Find the report here.

Nursing Homes Short of Tests: Most of the country’s nursing homes can’t test all their residents and staff for Covid-19, an industry survey shows, potentially thwarting efforts to stop outbreaks among the most vulnerable to the outbreak. State and federal agencies are asking nursing and assisted living homes to perform coronavirus tests regularly to help prevent outbreaks among the elderly and could face fines if they fail to do so. Eight states have rolled out universal testing plans for elder care facilities and are report ing mixed results. Read more from Alex Ruoff.

U.S. Spends $1.2 Billion for Astra Vaccine: The U.S. threw its weight behind one of the fastest-moving experimental solutions to the coronavirus pandemic, pledging as much as $1.2 billion to AstraZeneca to help make the University of Oxford’s Covid vaccine. Beset by criticism of his response to the virus, Trump is pushing his way to the front of the line to secure a shot to protect Americans from the virus and allow business to resume. The U.S. has backed projects underway at Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Sanofi, fueling concerns that ot her parts of the world could fall behind, John Lauerman and Suzi Ring report.

Trump Says Guidance on Churches Coming: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to put out guidance for reopening churches “very soon,” Trump said yesterday. “I said I want the churches to open,” he said, suggesting the guidance would be released this week. “We want to get our churches back.” Recommendations for restarting activities by religious groups weren’t part of CDC suggestions for opening workplaces, schools and restaurants released over the weekend, though they had been included in a draft first reported by The A ssociated Press. Read more from Mario Parker and Emma Court.

Obamacare Insurers Stand to Gain as Newly Jobless Seek Coverage: Insurers selling policies on the Obamacare exchanges look to get a boost over the coming year as people who lose employer-sponsored health care in the pandemic downturn move to the individual market and those who thought they didn’t need coverage change their minds. One insurer, Bright Health, is already seeing an enrollment bump of about 10%, and others such as UnitedHealthcare, Anthem, Centene, and Oscar Health are moving to expand their presence in the exchanges for 2021. Read more from Sara Hansard.

U.S. Census Says Millions Put Off Health Care: More than 76 million American adults didn’t get needed medical care for conditions unrelated to coronavirus in the past month, new Census data show. The estimate from the new Household Pulse Survey is the clearest picture yet of how pandemic-related shutdowns led to a staggering drop in people seeking medical care, cutting revenue for health centers and doctors. Almost 94 million adults, more than a-third of the adult population, delayed care during the pandemic, the Census says. Read more.

 

Transportation

Americans Venture Out to Holiday Travel Americans are fleeing weeks of home isolation for beaches, parks and other leisure destinations over the Memorial Day weekend — and that has pandemic experts and businesses concerned about a spike in coronavirus cases.

Many states have begun to lift restrictions at the urging of President Donald Trump while travel and tourism businesses are seeing signs of life after nearly two months of near-zero demand. Yet those limits on public activity helped slow the spread of the virus, and a surge in tourism could mean trouble, said Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

“We should be worried about increases in Covid-19 transmission,” he said. “I do expect that we’re going to see an uptick in coronavirus cases a week to two weeks after Memorial Day because of that increase in travel as well as because of the premature relaxing of social distancing in some states.”

Memorial Day travel is still expected to be a fraction of previous years. The U.S. Travel Association anticipates consumers will spend just $4.2 billion on travel over the holiday weekend, a third of 2019 levels.

Yet there are signs of a revival. Airlines say bookings have recently begun to exceed cancellations for the first time since the pandemic caused demand to plummet in March. And some beach destinations have seen last-minute hotel bookings soar. Read more from Ryan Beene and Alan Levin.

In an Upside-Down World, Alaska Briefly Had Busiest U.S. Airport: As runways around the world fell nearly silent in recent months due to the pandemic, one U.S. airport stood out: Anchorage, Alaska. Sitting about halfway between Asia’s industrial centers and North America, Ted Stevens Anchorage International has been booming with cargo shipments, including loads of masks and other medical equipment, aboard planes stopping to refuel.

At least several times in recent weeks — such as April 25 and May 2 — it topped all other U.S. commercial airports, including traditional powerhouses such as Atlanta and Chicago, with the most flights, according to the airport and newly released federal data. For April, it was ranked 10th and flights exceeded those at New York City’s three commercial airports and the corporate jet hub in Teterboro, New Jersey, combined. By some counts, it has been the world’s busiest. It’s an upside-down honor that makes airport manager Jim Szczesniak uncomfortable.

“Being the world’s busiest is not a title that we want,” Szczesniak said of the facility, where the terminals feature life-sized stuffed animals such as a moose and grizzly bear. “The world’s busiest airport is a bad situation for us to be in. It just shows you how bad the passenger side of the house is doing right now.”

Flights into and out of the 520 U.S. airports with air-traffic towers fell 54.5% in April, compared with the same month last year, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. That’s 2.5 million fewer operations. Air carrier operations plunged by an even greater margin, to 442,998, a drop of about two-thirds from a year earlier, as financially ravaged airlines parked planes and trimmed schedules in a desperate attempt to survive. Passenger counts have dropped by more than 90% from last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

“I don’t think that this is anything that any of us could have imagined,” said Hassan Shahidi, an industry veteran who is president of the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation. Read more from Alan Levin.

Uptick in Homelessness: Bus drivers are seeing an uptick in passengers experiencing homelessness, with homeless riders boarding fare-free buses for shelter.  Eric Colts, a Detroit bus driver, told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that homeless riders often board his bus without masks, quickly draining the supply of masks his employer gives him for his riders. He also urged passengers who don’t need to board the bus to stay home. More than 100 transit operators across the country have died as a result of the coronavirus.  “We look at it as a 40-foot incubator,” Colts said. “You have no way of practicing social distancing.” Colts is a friend and co-worker of Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove, who died from the coronavirus just 11 days after he posted a video about a coughing passenger.

Dems Won’t Stop DOT Watchdog Investigation: House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said in a statement the Department of Transportation’s response to their inquiry about a change in inspector general leadership was “absurd,” and will not stop their investigation into the Trump administration move. The department “seems to be trying to defend the idea that someone can serve both as a political appointee reporting directly to the Secretary and as an independent Inspector General charged with overseeing the Secretary’s actions,” the lawmakers wrote, referring to the appointment last week of Howard “Skip” Elliott.

Dems Decry Open Skies Exit: A number of Democratic lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) and House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.), came out against Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, an arms-control pact designed to promote transparency between the U.S. and Russia.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will officially inform Russia today that the U.S. plans to exit the 35-country agreement, which gives nations permission to traverse each others’ airspace to collect information on military activities. The move will take effect in six months, Pompeo said in a statement, adding that the U.S. could “reconsider our withdrawal should Russia return to full compliance with the Treaty.” Read more from Jordan Fabian.

GOP Lawmakers Cite Regulatory Overreach in Rail: House Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rick Crawford (Ark.), the top Republican on the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, sent a letter yesterday to the Surface Transportation Board supporting a petition from the Association of American Railroads on limiting the reach of the Clean Water Act. The petition seeks to settle a 2016 federal court case that left open whether rail companies that transport coal and other critical materials needed to obtain multiple state and federal pollution permits in case some of the material drifted out of rail cars and into a body of water.

“This is a textbook case of regulatory overreach. It makes absolutely no sense to now start applying pollution and permitting requirements to railroads because trace amounts of a commodity may fall from a rail car as it passes over a river,” wrote Graves. “This court case isn’t about protecting our waters at all – it’s about whether a reasonable regulatory framework for interstate commerce is going to be hijacked by a radical agenda to eliminate coal and other fossil fuels at all costs,” the law makers wrote.

Democrats Press Delta, JetBlue to Reverse Cuts: Senate Democrats called on Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways to reverse a decision to cut employee hours after collectively taking more than $6.3 billion in federal money to pay workers during the coronavirus crisis. Senators, including former presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), wrote to the airlines yesterday warning that they could be in legal trouble if they require their employees to work less. Read more from Laura Davison.

Spending and Revenue for Federal Highway Programs: The Congressional Budget Offices released a new report yesterday on the revenues and spending choices lawmakers face in addressing the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, as well as options for subsidizing state and local governments’ financing of highway projects.

Nominations: Trump yesterday nominated Chris Koos and Sarah Feinberg, the interim president of New York City Transit, to the Amtrak Board of Directors, according to a statement from the White House. Feinberg previously served as director of global communications and business strategy at Bloomberg, L.P.

Trump’s Postal Service Feud Risks Riling Voters With Price Hikes: Trump is escalating his long-running feud with the U.S. Postal Service, setting up a bitter political fight that could harm the president’s standing with key voters ahead of November elections. The partisan conflict centers on tens of billions of dollars postal leaders say they need to avert possible bankruptcy as soon as late September. Trump says the agency must first raise prices and cut costs.

The president’s stance carries considerable political risks with millions more Americans and small businesses relying on home deliveries to keep goods flowing as strict social-distancing measures cripple economic activity. Democrats, large retailers and other postal service advocates say raising shipping costs now would simply harm consumers and small businesses that are struggling to survive. Read more from Jordan Fabian.

USPS May Not Need $10 Billion Virus Loan: The U.S. Postal Service may not need the $10 billion loan Congress made available in its coronavirus rescue legislation due to an increase in business, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.  “The good news is, as of now, package deliveries are up over 50%,” he said yesterday during a virtual event hosted by the Hill. “As of now, they don’t need to use the loan.”  During negotiations for the $2.2 trillion Cares Act, some lawmakers wanted to give the Postal Service a $10 billion handout, Mnuchin said, which he called “unfair” and instead created the option for a loan, Saleha Mohsin reports.

Tesla Offers Week of Unpaid Leave: Tesla will give workers at its U.S. car and battery plants the ability to take unpaid leave through the end of the month if they’re wary of returning to work, Valerie Capers Workman, Tesla’s head of North American human resources, wrote in an internal memo viewed by Bloomberg News. The electric-vehicle maker announced the provision along with plans to reinstate its attendance policy starting today. Read more from Bloomberg News.

Ford Throws Lifeline to Auto-Parts Suppliers Facing Cash Crunch: is helping some of its suppliers survive a coronavirus cash crunch by paying its bills early to ensure that critically needed parts continue to flow to its auto factories. The car industry in North America is just restarting after shutting down for two months to slow the spread of the virus. That has caused a cash-flow crisis at many auto-parts suppliers that don’t have deep capital reserves. Read more from Keith Naughton.

New York MTA Asks Federal Reserve to Tap New Lending Program: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the largest U.S. transit system, is asking the Federal Reserve to allow it to borrow through the central bank’s new $500 billion lending program. The Fed currently allows states, some municipalities and multi-state entities to access the program, called the Municipal Liquidity Facility. While the MTA could have the state borrow on its behalf, it’s seeking to do so directly. Read more from Michelle Kaske.

Privately-Owned Dams in Harsh Spotlight: The dams that breached after days of heavy rain in central Michigan are privately owned and had been the center of controversy for several years. Now Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is saying these critical facilities should not be in private hands.  “We need to be very clear,” Whitmer said at a news conference yesterday. “This is a privately owned dam. We can talk about the merits of whether private companies should own critical infrastructure. I don’t think that they should.”  During a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan yesterday, Trump said the dams involved were old and that “perhaps there was a mistake” made. “Our prayers” are with the flood’s victims, he said. The president yesterday also approved a declaration of emergency for the state, setting federal assistance in motion.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more than half of the nation’s 91,458 dams are privately owned, some by power utilities and large corporations and others by private land owners. Read more from David Welch.

Trump Urges SCOTUS to Reject Border Wall Case: Trump administration lawyers told U.S. Supreme Court justices they should deny a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups that says the environmental waivers for the U.S.-Mexico border wall are unconstitutional.  The dispute centers on the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, or IIRIRA, which allows the Department of Homeland Security to waive the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and other laws to construct barriers and roads along the border with Mexico. Ellen M. Gilmer has more on the case.

Anchorage Can Sue U.S. for Port Construction Breach: Anchorage, Alaska may sue the U.S. government for the Maritime Administration’s alleged breach of contract to upgrade facilities at the Port of Anchorage, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said yesterday. Evidence shows that Anchorage transferred $163 million to the agency in exchange for services to support the project, and that the agency spent over $14 million of that amount on legal fees and other costs, the court said.

Anchorage sued the government in 2014 asserting that the agency’s abdication of contractual responsibility led to construction defects by the contractor that brought the project to a “standstill,” Daniel Seiden reports.

FAA’s Summer Drone Symposium: The FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) have announced a two-part virtual event. The FAA UAS Symposium – Remotely Piloted Edition Episode I will take place on July 8 and 9, and Episode II will take place on and August 18 and 19. Click here to register.

 

Yesterday’s Legislative Action

 

  1. H.R.192— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership ActSponsor: Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – Foreign Affairs | Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  2. H.R.6800— 116th Congress (2019-2020)The Heroes ActSponsor: Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17] (Introduced 05/12/2020) Cosponsors: (11)Committees: House – Appropriations; Budget; Ways and MeansLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  3. S.238— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2019Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 01/28/2019) Cosponsors: (11)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  4. S.712— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability ActSponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 03/07/2019) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  5. S.3176— 116th Congress (2019-2020)United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 01/09/2020) Cosponsors: (38)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  6. S.3792— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require parity in the coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services provided to enrollees in private insurance plans, whether such services are provided in-person or through telehealth.Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  7. S.3793— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the CARES Act to modify the employee retention tax credit to secure the paychecks and benefits of workers, to provide a refundable credit against payroll taxes for the operating costs of employers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a small business rebate, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (8)Committees: Senate – FinanceLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  8. S.3794— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to expedite transportation project delivery, facilitate infrastructure improvement, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and TransportationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  9. S.3795— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise any rules necessary to enable issuers of index-linked annuities to use the securities offering forms that are available to other issuers of securities.Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban AffairsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  10. S.3796— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to withhold funding authorized under the CARES Act from any State or municipality that provides economic stimulus payments through a program designed to exclusively assist illegal aliens.Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – AppropriationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  11. S.3797— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to provide overtime and holiday fee relief for small meat, poultry, and egg processing plants, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and ForestryLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  12. S.3798— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons involved in the erosion of certain obligations of China with respect to Hong Kong, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban AffairsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  13. S.3799— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to expand access to health care services, including sexual, reproductive, and maternal health services, for immigrants by removing legal and policy barriers to health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – FinanceLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  14. S.3800— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to provide for the enhancement of command climate assessments in the Armed Forces in order to improve the assessment of matters in connection with military family readiness, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Armed ServicesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  15. S.3801— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to authorize use of amounts in My Career Advancement Account Program accounts for fines for breaking employment contracts in connection with permanent changes of station.Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Armed ServicesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  16. S.3802— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require the imposition of sanctions with respect to censorship and related activities against citizens of the People’s Republic of China.Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  17. S.3803— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify the situations in which the Federal Communications Commission may grant a request for the transfer of certain permits, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and TransportationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  18. S.3804— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to clarify that the “one-touch make-ready” rules of the Federal Communication Commission for utility pole attachments do not supersede the National Labor Relations Act or collective bargaining agreements.Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  19. S.3805— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to modify certain provisions related to the forgiveness of loans under the paycheck protection program, to allow recipients of loan forgiveness under the paycheck protection program to defer payroll taxes, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: Senate – FinanceLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  20. S.3806— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to waive cost share requirements for certain Federal assistance provided under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.Sponsor: Sen. Hyde-Smith, Cindy [R-MS] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  21. S.3807— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to enhance the prevention of mental health discrimination against individuals during accession into the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Armed ServicesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  22. S.3808— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to improve the affordability and accessibility of child care for military families, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Armed ServicesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  23. S.3809— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on prenatal and postpartum mental health conditions among members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Armed ServicesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  24. S.3810— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to provide that any termination of a director of a national research institute or national center of the National Institutes of Health be on the basis of malfeasance, neglect of office, or incapacity only.Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  25. S.3811— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to provide financial assistance for projects to address certain subsidence impacts in the State of California, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural ResourcesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  26. S.3812— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care from the Department of Veterans Affairs to include veterans of World War II.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – Veterans’ AffairsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  27. S.3813— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to reauthorize the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural ResourcesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  28. S.3814— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to establish a loan program for businesses affected by COVID-19 and to extend the loan forgiveness period for paycheck protection program loans made to the hardest hit businesses, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – FinanceLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  29. S.3815— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to permit the search and retention of certain records with respect to conducting criminal background checks, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: Senate – JudiciaryLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  30. S.3816— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to authorize the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to lease underused facilities of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural ResourcesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  31. S.3817— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to observe the lives lost in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (18)Committees: Senate – JudiciaryLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  32. S.3818— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to protect and promote the freedom of the press globally.Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  33. S.3819— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to encourage the protection and promotion of internationally recognized human rights during the novel coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (8)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  34. S.3820— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 to authorize the Open Technology Fund of the United States Agency for Global Media, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  35. S.3821— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide more options for affordable health insurance to uninsured Americans.Sponsor: Sen. Loeffler, Kelly [R-GA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  36. S.3822— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to establish DemocracyCorps to assist State and local governments administer elections and to promote democracy, to establish special procedures and authorize funding for Federal election in 2020 in response to COVID-19, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to establish additional permanent requirements for Federal elections, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Rules and AdministrationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  37. S.3823— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to ensure that a portion of funds appropriated to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for payments to eligible health care providers is reserved for such providers located in rural areas, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  38. S.3824— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require the Federal Trade Commission to submit a report to Congress on scams targeting seniors, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and TransportationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  39. S.3825— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to establish the Coronavirus Mental Health and Addiction Assistance Network, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  40. S.3826— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to provide additional resources, including doula support, for pregnant beneficiaries under the TRICARE program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Armed ServicesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  41. S.3827— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the use of the Strategic National Stockpile to enhance medical supply chain elasticity and establish and maintain domestic reserves of critical medical supplies, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  42. S.3828— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to establish an initiative for national testing, contact tracing, and pandemic response, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  43. S.3829— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to advance the global health security and diplomacy objectives of the United States, improve coordination among the relevant Federal departments and agencies implementing United States foreign assistance for global health security, and more effectively enable partner countries to strengthen and sustain resilient health systems and supply chains with the resources, capacity, and personnel required to prevent, detect, mitigate, and respond to infectious disease threats before they become pandemics, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  44. S.3830— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to authorize the issuance of United States Pandemic Bonds to aid in the funding of relief efforts related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).Sponsor: Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – FinanceLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  45. S.3831— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to authorize the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism, to statutorily establish the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and TransportationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  46. S.3832— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to establish a new Directorate for Technology in the redesignated National Science and Technology Foundation, to establish a regional technology hub program, to require a strategy and report on economic security, science, research, and innovation, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  47. S.3833— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to extend the loan forgiveness period for the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Latest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  48. S.3834— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to provide estimates of the use of taxpayer funds by the United States Government, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – FinanceLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  49. S.3835— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to prohibit the use of funds for the production of films by United States companies that alter content for screening in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  50. S.3836— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to prohibit the use of funds to purchase drones manufactured in the People’s Republic of China or by Chinese state-controlled entities.Sponsor: Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  51. S.3837— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require a thorough national security evaluation and clearance by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of all Chinese student visa holders currently in the United States before issuing any new student visas to nationals of the People’s Republic of China.Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (6)Committees: Senate – JudiciaryLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  52. S.3838— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to provide for the expansion of the Rural Health Care Program of the Federal Communications Commission in response to COVID-19, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (7)Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and TransportationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  53. S.3839— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2719 South Webster Street in Kokomo, Indiana, as the “Opha May Johnson Post Office”.Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  54. S.3840— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to protect the continuity of the food supply chain of the United States in response to COVID-19, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (9)Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and ForestryLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  55. S.3841— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to protect 2020 recovery rebates for individuals from assignment or garnishment, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – FinanceLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  56. S.3842— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pilot program to provide assistance to certain entities in rural communities, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and TransportationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  57. S.3843— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to establish a positive agenda and framework for the future of arms control with the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  58. S.3844— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require a study conducted by the Secretary of State on the future of arms control with the People’s Republic of China.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  59. S.J.Res.72— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of Michael M. Lynton as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.Sponsor: Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] (Introduced 05/11/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: Senate – Rules and AdministrationLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Senate vitiated previous discharge from the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  60. S.J.Res.74— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A joint resolution requesting the Secretary of the Interior to authorize a unique and 1-time arrangement for certain displays on Mount Rushmore National Memorial relating to the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States during the period beginning August 18, 2020, and ending on September 30, 2020.Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural ResourcesLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  61. S.Res.148— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution supporting efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace and regional stability.Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 04/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  62. S.Res.392— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing the importance of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative to the relationship between the United States and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and to advancing the policy of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region.Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 10/31/2019) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  63. S.Res.406— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing that for 50 years, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its ten members, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, have worked with the United States toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia, and expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States will continue to remain a strong, reliable, and active partner in the ASEAN region.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 11/05/2019) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  64. S.Res.454— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy activist Jose Daniel Ferrer and commending the efforts of Jose Daniel Ferrer to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cuba.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (6)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  65. S.Res.502— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of the amphibious landing on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima during World War II and the raisings of the flag of the United States on Mount Suribachi.Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN] (Introduced 02/13/2020) Cosponsors: (38)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  66. S.Res.511— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution supporting the role of the United States in helping save the lives of children and protecting the health of people in developing countries with vaccines and immunization through GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/27/2020) Cosponsors: (7)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  67. S.Res.523— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing the 199th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 02/27/2020) Cosponsors: (34)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  68. S.Res.525— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should continue to support the people of Nicaragua in their peaceful efforts to promote the restoration of democracy and the defense of human rights, and use the tools under United States law to increase political and economic pressure on the government of Daniel Ortega.Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 03/02/2020) Cosponsors: (6)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  69. S.Res.533— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] (Introduced 03/05/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  70. S.Res.542— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp during World War II.Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 03/12/2020) Cosponsors: (6)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  71. S.Res.556— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution designating May 1, 2020, as the “United States Foreign Service Day” in recognition of the men and women who have served, or are presently serving, in the Foreign Service of the United States, and honoring the members of the Foreign Service who have given their lives in the line of duty.Sponsor: Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK] (Introduced 05/04/2020) Cosponsors: (12)Committees: Senate – JudiciaryLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  72. S.Res.567— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution commending career professionals at the Department of State for their extensive efforts to repatriate United States citizens and legal permanent residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/07/2020) Cosponsors: (11)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  73. S.Res.594— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution calling for the payments to States for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program to be sufficient to cover losses experienced by child care providers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Sponsor: Sen. Loeffler, Kelly [R-GA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  74. S.Res.595— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing widening threats to freedoms of the press and expression around the world, reaffirming the centrality of a free and independent press to the health of free societies and democracies, and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority of the United States in promoting democracy, human rights, and good governance in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2020.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (12)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  75. S.Res.596— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Hong Kong national security law proposed by the Government of the People’s Republic of China would violate the obligations of that government under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law and calling upon all free nations of the world to stand with the people of Hong Kong.Sponsor: Sen. Hawley, Josh [R-MO] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (11)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  76. S.Res.597— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution designating May 2020 as “Older Americans Month”.Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (15)Latest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  77. S.Res.598— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (27)Latest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  78. S.Res.599— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution honoring the life and legacy of Judge Lee Roy West.Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Latest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  79. S.Res.600— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing widening threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world, reaffirming the centrality of a free and independent press to the health of free societies and democracies, and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority of the United States in promoting democracy, human rights, and good governance in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2020.Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/21/2020) Cosponsors: (12)Committees: Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action: Senate – 05/21/2020 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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