COVID-19 Federal Update 5-27-20

May 27, 2020

Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported: (last Friday, 96,363); Tuesday 99,807; Wednesday 100,625

Happening on the Hill

White House

  • 10:00 am – In-House Pool Call Time
  • 11:00 am – Trump participates in a meeting with the Governor of New York
  • 12:30 pm – Trump and Melania arrive at Joint Base Andrews
  • 2:35 pm – Trump and Melania arrive at NASA Shuttle Landing Facility
  • 2:55 pm – Trump and Melania arrive at Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility
  • 6:00 pm – Trump delivers remarks at Kennedy Space Center
  • 7:10 pm – Trump and Melania depart Kennedy Space Center, FL en route to Washington, DC
  • 9:15 pm – Trump and Melania arrive at the White House

Senate

  • 11:30 am – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Democrats will hold a press conference to unveil a report about “Republican assaults” on the federal judiciary.
  • Senators return on June 1

House

  • 10:00 am – House meets, first votes expected after 1:30 pm
  • 11:00 am – House Republicans will hold a press conference after filing a lawsuit against the House-passed measure to allow proxy voting during the pandemic.
  • 12:00 pm House meets for legislative business.
  • 2:30 pm – Speaker Nany Pelosi holds a press conference on plan for COVID-19 testing
  • Virus Effects on Minorities: The House Ways and Means Committee holds a remote hearing Wednesday to discuss the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 on minority communities.

Lawmakers will consider one measure under terms that will be set by the Rules Committee:

FISA Renewal: Elements of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would be renewed through Dec. 1, 2023, under the Senate amendment to H.R. 6172. The House is scheduled to consider an amendment intended to bar warrantless collection of Americans’ internet search histories.

Three measures will be considered under suspension of the rules, which limits debate to 40 minutes, bars amendments and requires a two-thirds majority for passage:

1) Uighur Human Rights: The administration would be required to sanction Chinese government officials responsible for the repression of Turkic Muslims, predominantly Uighurs, under S. 3744. The Senate passed the measure by unanimous consent on May 14.

2) Police Suicide Data: The FBI would be required by S. 2746 to collect data on suicides and attempted suicides within federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies. The Senate passed the measure by unanimous consent on May 14.

3) Police Covid-19 Death Benefits: Public safety officers who die from Covid-19 would be eligible for Justice Department death and disability benefits under a modified version of H.R. 6509. The Senate passed a bill (S. 3607) to expand the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program to include death and disability caused by Covid-19 by voice vote on May 14. The House Judiciary Committee hasn’t acted on the measure.

Grassley Criticizes Trump IG Shakeup: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a statement last night criticized the White House’s response to his calls for details on the terminations of the inspectors general of the intelligence community and of the State Department.  Grassley said the lack of transparency and insufficient warning of the removals is not good for the presidency or government accountability. “Nor is placing political appointees from the overseen agency into an acting leadership position within an inspector general office acceptable, especially when those individuals are keeping their appointments at the same time. The White House Counsel’s letter does not address this glaring conflict of interest,” he said. Read more from Ben Livesey.

House Republicans Go to Court Over Proxy Voting: Republicans in the House mounted a legal challenge to a proxy voting procedure Democrats pushed through this month for colleagues who are in quarantine or otherwise housebound during the coronavirus pandemic. The Republicans argued in a 38-page complaint filed in Washington federal court yesterday that the approval of the May 15 resolution, which would permit a single lawmaker to cast votes on behalf of as many as 10 colleagues, defied historical precedent and the U.S. Constitution. The GOP like ly faces an uphill climb in a lawsuit because the Constitution lets the House set its own rules. Read more from Billy House and Erik Wasson.

Three Senators No Longer Under Probe: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) have been notified that the Justice Department is no longer looking into their families’ stock sales after a private briefing early in the pandemic. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) remains the subject of a related investigation, Dow Jones reported. He has temporarily stepped down as Intelligence Committee chairman amid the probe into whether he sold stocks as a result of secret briefings on the threat of the coronavirus. Read more from Steven T. Dennis and Billy House.

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.

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Healthcare

Early Trump Virus Response to Get IG Probe The Health and Human Services Department’s watchdog agency will look at the Trump administration’s early response to the spread of coronavirus “down the road,” Christi Grimm, HHS’s principal deputy inspector general, told lawmakers.

The acting head of HHS’s watchdog said her office would look at “decisions and what actions were taken” related to the administration’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak, but is currently focused on the oversight of funding and care being delivered in emergency fashion. “Now, we believe, is not the time to be looking into issue like that,” Grimm told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a virtual hearing yesterday.

Grimm came under fire from President Donald Trump after her office released a report last month on the shortages of protective equipment in hospitals. She didn’t address the president’s comments directly but said her office is “plowing ahead” with its oversight efforts. “I personally and professionally cannot let the idea of providing unpopular information drive decision making in the work that we do,” Grimm said.

Grimm made the comment when asked if her office would investigate China’s role in delaying the Trump administration’s response.

Fourteen audits evaluations related to Covid-19 are ongoing at HHS’s Office of Inspector General, focusing on use of the national strategic stockpile, how nursing homes and other long-term care facilities deal with infectious diseases and HHS’s control over hospital emergency preparedness, Grimm said. It’s also examining the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorizations, she said, Alex Ruoff reports.

Grimm also said at the hearing that her office is considering looking into how biomedical research and development funding has been awarded under the Trump administration, Shira Stein reports.

Rick Bright, who served as the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority until the end of last month, filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel over issues related to the coronavirus pandemic and concerns over contracts he claims HHS officials pushed based on political considerations rather than scientific data.

More Covid-19 Oversight: The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee yesterday announced the panel’s first fully remote hearing on June 2 at 11:30 a.m. to discuss how governors are addressing the virus as the Trump administration leaves reopening responsibilities to states, according to a press release.

Medicaid Providers Push for Stimulus Funding: Industry groups representing health-care providers and support staff that largely serve Medicaid beneficiaries are pressing the Trump administration to send emergency funds earmarked for their members. None of the emergency funds sent out by HHS so far have been specifically targeted for providers serving people on state-run public insurance programs, such as direct support professionals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, said Barbara Merrill, chief executive of the Ame rican Network of Community Options and Resources.

“We’ve been at the bottom of the totem pole time and time again,” said Merrill, whose group serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She said her group is organizing lawmakers to ask HHS to earmark funds for those who provide care for people with disabilities. Similarly, Bruce Siegel, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, said on Friday his group wants HHS to release more emergency aid geared to hospitals serving Medicaid beneficiaries.

HHS has awarded over $21 billion in grants through emergency appropriations, according to agency records. It was given $175 billion through two bills cleared through Congress earlier this year, Alex Ruoff reports.

Reopening Doctors’ Offices Costs Billions: The nation’s doctors are cautiously looking to reopen their shuttered practices. But they want at least $10 billion in dedicated federal relief to help them get back on their feet. New procedures to ensure patient safety will need to be implemented before practices can reopen, which could put doctors at an increased risk for noncompliance. Failure to meet federal, state, and local guidelines could lead to monetary penalties, revocations of licenses, and other possible sanctions. Read more from Tony Pugh.

Trump Plan Aims for More Tests in May Than All Done to Date: The Trump administration has released coronavirus testing targets for May, an aggressive expansion that would have some states doubling, quadrupling and even, in the case of Puerto Rico, completing 5.6 times the number they conducted through late April. The White House announced on May 11 that states had set the goals in partnership with the Trump administration but it didn’t release specifics. The breakdown of targets by state was released on Sunday as part of a testing plan outlined by the He alth and Human Services Department in a report to Congress.

The HHS plan calls for about 12.9 million tests this month. States are nearly two-thirds of the way to meeting that goal, with roughly 8.3 million administered as of Monday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Mass testing is essential to understanding the coronavirus’ spread. HHS’s goals highlight the White House’s approach, which has largely placed the responsibility on the states. But experts say that a stronger federal role is required to solve issues like shortages of key materials that are bogging down testing. Emma Court has more.

New York City Hires 1,700 Tracers: New York City has hired over 1,700 contact tracers, who will be trained and in action by June 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said. The city had set out to hire 1,000 but surpassed that goal, de Blasio said during a briefing yesterday. Tracers are critical in stemming the spread of the virus by identifying people who’ve come into contact with the infected. “This is when we go on the offensive,” he said.

  • Chicago is seeking to recruit 600 people for a Covid-19 initiative that can trace 4,500 new contacts each day, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D). Chicago has allocated $56 million in funds to hire and train a workforce of contact tracers, supervisors and referral coordinators, Lightfoot said in a statement yesterday.

Merck Advances Vaccine Candidates: Merck moved to bolster the global fight against the virus, showcasing development plans for a pill to treat the infection and two vaccines to prevent it. The U.S. drugmaker bought rights to develop a promising antiviral discovered at Emory University, and will work with partners to advance candidate vaccines based on the technology behind Ebola and measles immunizations, Riley Griffin reports.

Hospital Staff With Virus Have Antibodies: Almost all doctors and nurses who got mild forms of Covid-19 produced antibodies that could prevent reinfection, according to a study in northeastern France. The study of 160 volunteers shows all but one had developed antibodies within 15 days after the start of infection, Institut Pasteur and university hospitals in Strasbourg said in an early version of their findings released before peer review. Almost all staff tested had antibodies capable of neutralizing the coronavirus within 41 days of developing symptoms.

96% of Fatalities in Italy Had Other Conditions: The coronavirus outbreak in Italy has struck overwhelmingly among the nation’s older population and those with preexisting medical conditions, according to the national health authority. Almost 96% of the nation’s Covid-19 fatalities had previous medical conditions, data from Italy’s ISS health institute show.

Insurers Embrace Medicare Plan to Cap Insulin Costs: Over 1,700 Medicare prescription medicine and managed care plans have applied to participate in a Trump administration savings model that will mean seniors will not have to pay more than $35 per month for insulin, CMS announced yesterday. If the model is successful, the administration will weigh expanding it to other “high-cost drugs,” Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said in a call with reporters. Read more from Shira Stein.

Court Won’t Block Order to Move Inmates: The Supreme Court left in force a judge’s order that could require federal prison officials to transport hundreds of inmates out of an Ohio facility where at least nine people have died of Covid-19. The justices yesterday rejected calls from the Trump administration to block the order. Read more from Greg Stohr.

 

Transportation

Infrastructure on Trump, Cuomo Agenda President Donald Trump will meet again with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) today, where the two will discuss federal aid to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Cuomo said yesterday that the state must “supercharge” its reopening, with accelerated infrastructure programs to create jobs, but the state will need federal approval for some projects, Keshia Clukey reports.

The economy will need government help to bounce back, Cuomo said, so the state plans to fast-track its plan to rebuild Penn Station while “ridership is low and while we need the jobs.” It will also accelerate LaGuardia Airport renovations, and wants to run power cable from Canada to New York City to develop the renewable market upstate and satisfy the need downstate.

Gateway Also on Agenda: When asked yesterday if he expects to discuss the Gateway project for improving rail in the NYC-area, Trump responded, “I would imagine we would.”

Two major aspects of the plan are in limbo. Transportation Department Secretary Elaine Chao said back in February that the environmental impact assessment for the Sawtooth Bridge project is coming “in the near future,” and funding to replace the 110-year-old Portal Bridge in New Jersey hit a snag.

The Gateway tunnel and bridge projects have long been a source of tension between the administration and delegations along Amtrak’s critical Northeast Corridor. The administration wants the project’s sponsors to pay more of the approximately $13 billion proposal. It would double rail capacity between Newark, N.J., and New York’s Penn Station, currently the biggest train bottleneck on the East Coast.

Amtrak Needs $1.5 Billion in More Virus Aid: Amtrak sent a letter on Monday to Congress asking for additional federal relief of $1.5 billion to help it maintain minimum service levels in fiscal 2021, Courtney Rozen reports. Amtrak has already received about $1 billion under the third coronavirus aid package signed into law in March.

The passenger rail service also plans to cut up to 20% of its workforce next fiscal year, Ryan Beene reports. Amtrak employs more than 18,000 people across the U.S. Officials expect ridership to only return to about 50% in fiscal 2021.

America’s Season for Peak Fuel Demand Starts Off With a Whimper: For all the optimism over a recovery in oil demand and prices, the weekend that heralds the U.S. summer driving season proved to be a damp squib. While beaches were open and states across the country emerged from coronavirus-related lockdowns, demand for gasoline ended up falling over the Memorial Day weekend. That may have been because people kept their driving local, when in previous years they had traveled farther, according to Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates LLC in Houston.

The lackluster start to what is typically considered the season for peak American fuel demand shows how vulnerable the oil market remains as the fallout from the coronavirus crisis haunts economies. Crude prices have surged about 80% this month, after a historic collapse below zero in April, on supply cuts by major producers as well as optimism that consumption is recovering as lockdowns ease. Read more from Olivia Raimonde.

Uber Drivers Seek Unemployment or Loans: Congress created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to help provide financial relief to workers normally ineligible for unemployment benefits, and Uber successfully lobbied for its drivers to be included. But states manage the federally funded program, and implementation has been patchy at best. Many drivers have yet to receive money or even confirmation they’ll get it eventually, said Harry Campbell, who runs a popular website for drivers called the Rideshare Guy. “Some people are getting unemp loyment,” he said. “Some aren’t.”

Deciphering the rules around the government’s financial-assistance programs is a widespread challenge, and ride-hailing drivers face a particularly complicated route. Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft haven’t altered their stance that drivers are independent contractors, not employees, disqualifying them from unemployment insurance in most states. Joshua Brustein relates alternatives sought by some drivers.

Trusted Traveler Centers Stay Closed: Trust Traveler enrollment centers, including Global Entry, will remain closed until July 6 to minimize the risk of coronavirus exposure, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced yesterday, Shaun Courtney reports. The temporary closure began March 19; this is the second extension. The program allows travelers to get pre-vetted by the federal government thus speeding their process through security and customs.

Boeing, Airbus Researching Coronavirus: Boeing and Airbus are studying the coronavirus and its behavior inside planes, Bradley Davis reports, citing Dow Jones. The work involves academics, engineers, as well as medical experts, and will focus on measures to prevent the virus’s transmission on planes. Boeing said it’s developing a computer model that could eventually inform decisions on how to prevent the virus’ spread.

Costly Electric Vehicles Confront a Harsh Coronavirus Reality: Covid-19 is putting automakers’ electric ambitions at risk. The economic crisis triggered by the pandemic has pushed the auto industry, among others, to near-collapse, emptying showrooms and shutting factories. As job losses mount, big-ticket purchases are firmly out of reach — in the U.S., more than 36 million people have filed for unemployment since mid-March. Also, the plunge in oil prices is making gasoline-powered vehicles more attractive, and some cash-strapped governments are less able to offer subsidies to promote new technologies. Read more from Christoph Rauwald and Bruce Einhorn.

Water, Highway Bills Among Must-Pass Legislation: House Democrats will focus this summer on passing essential legislation, including the Water Resources Development Act, a highway reauthorization bill, and appropriations measures, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said yesterday. “There are a number of pieces of legislation” that are must-pass and have looming deadlines in the fall, including the National Defense Authorization Act, a surface transportation package, WRDA, and spending bills to keep the government open past Sept. 30, Hoyer said. Hoyer said he plans to talk to panel chairmen soon on the schedule after this week.  More than a dozen measures are pending in committee at various stages in both the House and Senate, or yet-to-be-introduced, with panel leadership anxious to move forward on the work they started before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted legislative operations. Read more from Kellie Lunney.

Maritime Supply Chain During Covid-19: The House Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee announced the panel will hold a Friday video conference hearing on “The Status of the U.S. Maritime Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) announced yesterday. The panel will hear testimony from representatives of the American Association of Port Authorities, American Maritime Partnership, the National Association of Waterfront Employers, USA Maritime, and the American Waterways Operators.

Weather Better for Historic SpaceX Launch of NASA Astronauts (AP): With the weather looking up, SpaceX and NASA officials vowed Tuesday to keep crew safety the top priority for the nation’s first astronaut launch to orbit in nearly a decade. Veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were set to make history Wednesday afternoon, riding SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on a test flight. Read more from the Associated Press.

Amazon in Talks to Buy Autonomous Vehicle Startup Zoox: Amazon is in talks to buy driverless vehicle startup Zoox, according to a person familiar with the matter, a deal that would accelerate the e-commerce giant’s automation efforts. “Zoox has been receiving interest in a strategic transaction from multiple parties and has been working with Qatalyst Partners to evaluate such interest,” the startup said. It declined to comment on Amazon’s interest. A spokeswoman for Amazon declined to comment. Read more from Katie Roof and Spencer Soper.

Season for Peak Fuel Demand Starts With a Whimper: For all the optimism over a recovery in oil demand and prices, the weekend that heralds the U.S. summer driving season proved to be a damp squib. While beaches were open and states across the country emerged from coronavirus-related lockdowns, demand for gasoline ended up falling over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That may have been because people kept their driving local, when in previous years they had traveled farther, according to Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates in Houston. Read more from Olivia Raimonde.

 

Economy

Fed Frets for Main Street Business: The Federal Reserve’s next front in the battle to support the U.S. economy is to prevent millions of American small businesses from becoming the Achilles heel of the recovery. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told the Senate Banking Committee last week he’s concerned about America’s “jobs machine” — its small and medium sized firms — tipping into bankruptcy and destroying the “work of many families and generations.” If that happens, there will be fewer jobs when state governors declare it’s safe fo r households to go back to work.

The central bank is tasked with avoiding that outcome through its Main Street lending program approved by Congress, but it’s already proved a harder endeavor than imagined. The Fed is under increasing scrutiny about the facility — one of its riskiest undertakings ever — because it’s still not operational. Read more from Craig Torres.

SBA Told to Consider Bankrupt Applicant: The Small Business Administration cannot reject an applicant for an emergency loan designed to aid employees of small companies just because the would-be borrower is in bankruptcy, another bankruptcy judge ruled. Judge Cynthia Jackson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida granted family entertainment center company NRP Lease Holdings an injunction prohibiting the agency from disregarding the company’s loan application just because it’s in Chapter 11. Daniel Gill has more.

Amtrak Plans Deep Workforce Cuts Ahead of Slow Pandemic Recovery: Amtrak is preparing to slash its workforce by as much as 20% in its upcoming fiscal year as the U.S.’s lone nationwide passenger railroad braces for a slow recovery to ridership that’s been gutted by the coronavirus. Amtrak projects ridership will return to just half of 2019 levels in its upcoming fiscal year beginning in October, CEO William Flynn said in a memo to employees. Read more from Ryan Beene.

 

 

Campaign Trail

Vote-by-Mail Deadlines Leave States Just Weeks to Get Ready: Election officials have just weeks left to ensure their states can handle a surge of mail-in votes in November in the face of fierce opposition from Trump and Republicans in Congress. With just a little more than five months to Election Day, localities and states need to decide soon whether to buy new equipment to help sort, verify and count mail-in ballots — if they can afford it — or rely on staff to manually handle the crush of incoming mail.

The problem is particularly acute in the battleground states of Wisconsin and North Carolina, which have not traditionally had high rates of vote-by-mail and where Democratic governors are at odds with Republican-led legislatures over whether to expand absentee balloting. Read more from Ryan Teague Beckwith.

Trump Mail Voting Tweets Get Twitter Flag: Twitter has started fact-checking Trump. The president didn’t take it lightly. Following years of criticism that the social network let the president spread misinformation, yesterday a pair of Trump’s tweets that made unsubstantiated claims about mail-in voting were appended with links reading “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” The president responded shortly afterward, tweeting that the company was interfering with the 2020 election. “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as Pr esident, will not allow it to happen!” Trump posted to his 80 million followers. Read more from Alex Wayne and Kurt Wagner.

Trump May Be Stuck With Convention in N.C.: Republicans would only move their presidential nominating convention from North Carolina as a worst-case scenario, despite Trump’s threats to do so if they can’t ensure a big celebration, people familiar with the negotiations said. Trump pressed Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to decide how many people can come to the Aug. 24-27 convention, so that his campaign can decide if it can live with those limits or quickly put together a new plan in another state. Read more from Jennifer Jacobs, Emma Kinery, and Ryan Teague Beckwith.

Biden Hopes to Resume In-Person Events: Joe Biden said yesterday he hopes to resume in-person events after spending more than two months campaigning virtually from his Delaware home. The former vice president said he is following his state’s stay-at-home orders, but he hopes to resume a public schedule once that is lifted. “I hope to be able to do more,” he told CNN. Tyler Pager has more.

DeSantis Says He’ll Appeal Order on Ex-Felons Voting: A federal court’s ruling added to Florida’s uncertainty over how many people will be allowed to vote in November’s elections just six months from now. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said yesterday Florida will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a state law blocking ex-felons from voting when they’re too poor to pay court-ordered fees and fines is unconstitutional. Read more from Jennifer Kay.

West Virginia Governor Files Complaint Over Campaign Ad: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) yesterday filed a complaint with state elections authorities against one of his six challengers in the Republican primary. Candidate Woody Thrasher’s statements in a television ad are “a bald-faced lie,” Justice told reporters. In the ad, Thrasher says the incumbent governor didn’t thoroughly vet the criminals released in an attempt to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Read more from Andrew M. Ballard.

South Carolina Absentee Ballot Witness Rule Blocked: South Carolina cannot enforce a law requiring individuals voting by absentee ballot this June to obtain a witness’s signature, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing the unusual circumstances presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more from Holly Barker.

 

Other Stories

Facebook Ran Charm Offensive to Woo State Prosecutors: Facebook went to great lengths to develop friendly relationships with powerful state prosecutors who could use their investigative and enforcement powers in ways that could harm Facebook’s revenue growth, Naomi Nix reports.

Colleges, Employers Fear Curbs to Foreign Student Job Program: The Optional Practical Training program could be on the chopping block as the Trump administration weighs new restrictions to non-immigrant visa programs, reports Andrew Kreighbaum.

Trump Wants U.S. Troops Out of Afghanistan: Trump said he doesn’t have a targeted date for pulling U.S. soldiers out of Afghanistan but wants it done as soon as is “reasonable,” Kim Chipman reports. “We want to bring our soldiers back home” from Afghanistan and other countries, he told reporters at the White House. “We can always go back if we have to,” he added. Right now, U.S. troops in Afghanistan are “policing and we aren’t meant to be a police force,” Trump said.

African Lender to Probe President Following U.S. Pressure: The African Development Bank’s board agreed to an independent probe of its president, Akinwumi Adesina, after the U.S. rejected an internal investigation that cleared him of allegations of favoritism, according to two people familiar with deliberations on the matter. Read more from Baudelaire Mieu, Leanne de Bassompierre and Katarina Hoije

 

 

Yesterday in Congress

 

  1. H.R.6964— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish a lower Missouri River flood prevention program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] (Introduced 05/22/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  2. H.R.6965— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for cash refunds for canceled airline flights and tickets during the COVID-19 emergency.Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 05/22/2020) Cosponsors: (21)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the Subcommittee on Aviation. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  3. H.R.6985— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the National Dam Safety Program Act to expand eligibility for the rehabilitation of high hazard potential dam program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 05/22/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  4. H.R.7010— 116th Congress (2019-2020)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: Rep. Phillips, Dean [D-MN-3] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (35)Committees: House – Small Business; Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the Committee on Small Business, 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 concerned. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  5. H.R.7011— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish a Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (20)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  6. H.R.7012— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit online platforms and certain intermediaries from targeting the dissemination of political advertisements to a specific group of individuals on the basis of online behavioral data or on the basis of demographic characteristics shared by members of the group, to require online platforms and certain intermediaries to maintain public records of certain political advertisements, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – House AdministrationLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  7. H.R.7013— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend title II of division A of the CARES Act to provide reemployment support benefits to recently unemployed individuals, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Crenshaw, Dan [R-TX-2] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  8. H.R.7014— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit online platforms from disseminating political advertisements which are targeted to an individual or to a group of individuals on any basis other than the recognized place in which the individual or group resides, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – House AdministrationLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  9. H.R.7015— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide financial stability to the United States Postal Service during the coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Oversight and Reform; BudgetLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, 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… (All Actions)Tracker: 
  10. H.R.7016— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To waive the 60-day rule in case of rollover of otherwise required minimum distributions in 2020.Sponsor: Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  11. H.R.7017— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To allow States to approve the use of diagnostic tests during a public health emergency.Sponsor: Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  12. H.R.7018— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the President to use authorities under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to require emergency production of COVID-19 supplies to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Financial ServicesLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  13. H.R.7019— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to lease underutilized Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  14. H.R.7020— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide a cause of action for violations of laws related to COVID-19, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  15. H.R.7021— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To facilitate access to electromagnetic spectrum for commercial space launches and commercial space reentries.Sponsor: Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)Tracker: 
  16. H.Res.980— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing support for designation of May 2020 as “National Brain Tumor Awareness Month”.Sponsor: Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5] (Introduced 05/26/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/26/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)Tracker: 

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