COVID-19 Federal Update 5-6-20

May 6, 2020

Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: (last Friday, 63,019), Monday 68,606, Tuesday 69,925, Wednesday 72,285

Happening on the Hill

  • 10:00 am –  House Appropriations subcommittee hears from former CDC Director Tom Frieden on the coronavirus response; 2359 Rayburn
  • 2:00 pm – Via videoconference, the Senate Homeland Security Committee holds hearing on the coronavirus response
  • 2:30pm – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hears from Eric Fanning, CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Todd Hauptli, CEO of the American Association of Airport Executives, on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the airline industry; 106 Dirksen
  • 3:00 pm – Senate Armed Services Committee holds hearing on the effect of the FCC’s Ligado decision on national security; G-50 Dirksen

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Future Stimulus Legislation

Industries Pushing for Targeted Tax Relief in Pandemic Bills: U.S. industry groups, confronted with the economic damage wrought by the pandemic, have started asking lawmakers for more targeted tax relief. The requests, which come as Congress is starting work on the next coronavirus relief package, are likely to intensify in the coming months as businesses map out their plans for a post-pandemic world.

The alcoholic beverage industry, for example, hard hit by the closure of restaurants and bars, is looking for a number of breaks. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is already letting distillers, vintners, and breweries put off their federal excise tax payments for 90 days. But alcoholic beverage importers can only do so if their revenues have dropped more than 40%. Read more from Kaustuv Basu and Colin Wilhelm.

Reopening the States

Trump Pivots to “Phase Two” President Donald Trump fixed his course on reopening the nation for business, acknowledging that the move would cause more illness and death from the pandemic but insisting it’s a cost he’s willing to pay to get the economy back on track. Trump shifted his rhetoric yesterday, removing cautionary caveats about when and whether states should reopen and instead presenting the imminent easing of stay-at-home rules as a fait accompli. As governors across the South and Midwest have begun returning people to work, Trump said he’s pivoting to “phase two” of the nation’s response to the pandemic, a step that will include disbanding the White House coronavirus task force, a group of public health experts that has been advising the administration on how to confront the outbreak. The president has for more than a month clamored for a return to normal, stuck between the devastating human cost of the pandemic and the calamity that has befallen the economy as social-distancing measures pushed more than 30 million people into unemployment in a matter of weeks.

Yesterday marked the first time he clearly and unreservedly laid out his own cost-benefit analysis of the situation. “Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes,” Trump said. “But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.” On his visit to a Phoenix Honeywell International factory producing medical masks, Trump encouraged Americans to think of themselves as “warriors” as they consider leaving their homes, a tacit acknowledgment of deep public reservations about reopening the country too soon. The U.S. continues to endure the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, with about 1.2 million people infected and more than 70,000 killed so far. Speaking separately in an ABC News interview broadcast last night, Trump said closing down the nation was “the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make.” Read more from Jordan Fabian and Mario Parker.

Most States Fall Short of White House Reopening Criteria: States are debating whether and how to reopen their economies and lift social-distancing measures. But are they ready?  Last month, the White House Coronavirus Task Force laid out a series of “gating criteria” meant to guide states on lifting restrictions and getting back to normal. They include a decline in symptoms of the virus as monitored by local health networks, fewer cases or a declining percentage of positive tests, and hospitals systems that can handle the strain of the outbreak. Bloomberg News’s analysis found that 20 states that have lifted restrictions don’t meet the White House guidelines for reopeni ng. Many are moving ahead anyway. Read more from Polly Mosendz and Cedric Sam.

 

Healthcare

Trump Plans to End Coronavirus Task Force: President Donald Trump said yesterday that he’s looking at “phase two” of the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as the White House considers disbanding the task force that has helmed the efforts so far. The group, which includes top public health experts Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, could be dissolved later this month, Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the task force, told reporters earlier yesterday. “Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job, but we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form,” Trump said during an event in Phoenix. When asked whether he considered the mission of combating coronavirus to be accomplished, Trump answered: “No.”

But on Tuesday, Pence portrayed the task force as having accomplished its goal as the U.S. outbreak—the largest in the world—plateaus. There have been nearly 1.2 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 70,000 deaths from the disease, but states are beginning to try to reopen businesses and lift social-distancing regulations as the growth of the outbreak slows. The White House has started to discuss a transition plan with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pence said. A possible time frame for the move could be late May or early June, he added. “We’re having conversations about that,” Pence said in a briefing the task force held for reporters yesterday, confirming an earlier report by The New York Times.

On Sunday, Trump revised upward the number of the deaths he expects from the outbreak, saying the total could reach 100,000. In April he had said he thought between 50,000 and 60,000 Americans would die. “We have slowed the spread, we have flattened the curve,” Pence said. Not every U.S. community is “out of the woods yet,” but now have the resources they need, he said. Read more from Mario Parker and Jennifer Jacobs.

HHS Appropriations Hearing: House appropriators will hold a bipartisan, if lonely, hearing on the government’s response to the coronavirus today, Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said. “It will be bipartisan,” DeLauro told The Hill on Monday, adding that the ranking member of the subcommittee, Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and others will be in attendance, Jack Fitzpatrick reports.

DeLauro’s assurance contrasts with the White House’s decision to keep Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, from testifying in front of the Democratic-controlled House panel, while allowing him to testify to the Republican-controlled Senate. Trump told reporters he made the decision “because the House is a set-up. The House is a bunch of Trump haters.” Fauci won’t be the only one absent. Some panel members won’t attend in person and will get other members to ask questions for them, said DeLauro.

However, Fauci is set to testify at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on May 12, according to Evan Dixon, press secretary for Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). He will be joined by CDC Director Robert Redfield, FDA Administrator Stephen Hahn, and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Brett Giroir.

DeLauro’s focus at the hearing will be more on the present emergency than looking far into the future, she said. “At the moment, we need answers right now of where we are in this process, and that’s what this hearing will be focused on,” she said. “How do we best tackle where we are now? How do we save lives, having lost 68,000 or more lives? How do we prevent that further loss of life?”

Cole has advocated for boosts to funds for the National Institutes of Health and the CDC, but said in April the coronavirus highlights the need to do more. NIH funding increased 30% from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019, and appropriators launched the Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund in fiscal 2019, for example. “All of that and it wasn’t enough,” Cole said. “We got overwhelmed in 12 weeks.”

DeLauro and House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement May 1 that in the short-term, Congress needs to know what officials are doing “on surveillance, testing, contact tracing, quarantining, social distancing, and the production and distribution of personal protective equipment.” Medium and long-term goals include understanding “the viability of therapeutics and vaccines in development” and making sure “lasting investments in our public health infrastructure are made instead of reacting to public health crises whe n they arise,” she said.

  • Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pushing Democrats to get out of the gate quickly with another multibillion-dollar virus stimulus package to give the House more leverage in talks with Senate Republicans, who are seeking to apply the brakes on any new round of expansive relief. Pelosi’s strategy of ensuring that the next economic measure originates in the House, unlike the prior $2 trillion version, was underscored in a memo to Democrats yesterday from Lowey. “In the coming days, House Democrats will release our full proposal for the next phase of relief,” Lowey wrote.
  • Trump is pushing his own set of counter demands, including changes to tax law, that would complicate negotiations on an eventual stimulus. “Well run States should not be bailing out poorly run States, using CoronaVirus as the excuse!” Trump tweeted yesterday. “The elimination of Sanctuary Cities, Payroll Taxes, and perhaps Capital Gains Taxes, must be put on the table,” he said. “Also lawsuit indemnification & business deductions for restaurants.” Billy House and Erik Wasson have more.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the Trump administration to develop a comprehensive, nationwide plan by May 24 to make sure states have sufficient testing to begin to safely reopen. It is the Trump administration’s responsibility to establish a strategy as fast as possible and address other problems, including managing the supply chain and analyzing national data, Schumer and 40 other Senate Democrats wrote in a letter to Trump yesterday, Kim Chipman reports.

Hospitals Say Aid Not Enough for Lost Revenue: The country’s hospitals say they are losing more than $50 billion per month largely from canceled surgeries and want Congress to inject more public funds into the industry. The American Hospital Association unveiled a report yesterday projecting health-care facilities will lose $202.6 billion between March and June, more than the $175 billion that Congress has approved in relief for doctors and hospitals this year. They asked lawmakers to do more for the industry, including finding a new way to cover the uninsured. Read more from Alex Ruoff.

Democrats Challenge Pandemic Watchdog: Senate Democrats challenged a vow of “fairness and impartiality” by Brian Miller, Trump’s nominee to oversee trillions of dollars being spent in the effort to rescue the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have questioned Miller’s ability to serve as Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery in light of his current post, as a White House lawyer who participated in Trump’s impeachment defense. Miller at the hearing said he would let Congress know if he was pressured in his new role. Read more from Saleha Mohsin and Laura Davison.

Pandemic Dominates Hearing on Spy Chief Pick: Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) told senators one of his top priorities if he’s confirmed as the nation’s spy chief will be gathering intelligence on the origin of the coronavirus outbreak. Ratcliffe gave the pledge during a confirmation hearing on his nomination by Trump to serve as director of national intelligence. It was the first hearing on any topic for a Senate returning to work while adjusting to the need for social distancing in the pandemic. Senate Intelligence Committee members appeared in shifts to ask questions, many with masks under their chins when they spoke.

Amid increasing pressure by the administration for U.S. intelligence agencies to blame China for the scale of the pandemic that began there, Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, said that he would ensure “the intelligence community will be laser-focused on getting all of the answers that we can regarding how this happened, when this happened.” Chris Strohm and Steven T. Dennis have more.

Gilead Treatment Rekindles Push to Rein In Prices: Gilead Sciences, maker of the novel coronavirus treatment remdesivir, faces a challenge from advocates of drug-pricing controls who want to set an example for the pharmaceutical industry. Some lawmakers in Congress and advocacy groups aligned with Democrats are making the case to include in the next Covid-19 response package provisions to deny drugmakers such as Gilead exclusive rights to treatments and vaccines for the virus, as well as require price transparency for companies bringing new medicines to market. Gilead, with a history of contentious pricing, is a prime example of the need to rein in prices now, advocates of controls say. “We’re lifting up Gilead,” Margarida Jorge, national campaign director of Lower Drug Prices Now, told reporters yesterday. “It’s certainly not the only example but it is certainly at this moment a high-profile one.” Read more from Alex Ruoff.

Trump’s Malaria Drug Tout Cost Millions: Trump has stopped talking about the decades-old antimalarial drug that he once touted as a “game changer” for Covid-19, but it won’t be as simple for the rest of the health system to just move on. When Trump first began touting the drug in mid-March, a frenzy ensued as hospitals, patients and doctors raced to secure supplies. Many believed even if the drug didn’t turn out to be an effective coronavirus treatment, it might be able to ward off infection.

But as quickly as pharmacies were drained of the pills, the tide has now turned against hydroxychloroquine and its chemical cousin, chloroquine. Regulators and scientists have raised concerns about potentially serious side effects. But the surge resulted in shortages that left patients who had long taken the drug for treating lupus and arthritis hunting for alternatives. Hydroxychloroquine prescriptions jumped to 298,660 during the week of March 20, according to a Bloomberg Intelligence analysis . But prescriptions have now plummeted back to nearly normal levels.

The swift embrace and rapid abandonment of hydroxychloroquine underlines how publicity of evolving science can have unpredictable consequences on the behavior of physicians and patients. The episode also shows how supply chains and government agencies struggle to keep up with such changes, especially when one perspective is amplified by the president. Anna Edney has more.

Pfizer Starts U.S. Trials of Experimental Vaccine: Pfizer has administered the first U.S. patients with its experimental vaccines to fight the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, part of a bid to shave years off of the typical time it takes to develop a new inoculation. The trials are being conducted at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the drugmaker said yesterday. Read more from Cynthia Koons.

Covered Patients May Face Steep Virus Bills: Covid-19 patients with short-term health plans—which typically have restrictions on coverage—could find themselves on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars. The HHS has said the government will pay for coronavirus testing—but not treatment—of people with short-term plans. Trump has touted the health plans as a more affordable alternative to Obamacare, even though they may lack the coverage protections of policies created under the Affordable Care Act. Many short-term plans have limits on what they’ll pay for hospital coverage, as well as overall yearly maximums. The plans usually cost less than comprehensive plans, but people may not be aware of their limitations until they incur medical costs that aren’t covered. Read more from Sara Hansard.

HHS Waits for FDA as It Buys ‘Reusable’ N95s: The Department of Health and Human Services bought 10 million “reusable” N95 respirators on condition that those masks receive emergency use authorization by the FDA, according to an HHS spokesperson. The contract with the medical supply distributor American Medical Depot lists the respirators as having a 14-day reusability. However, the respirators—made by Nexera Medical—are only approved for single use by the Food and Drug Administration, American Medical President Akhil Agrawal said in an emailed statement. Read more from Shira Stein.

HHS ‘Disappointed’ Ousted Official Has Not Shown Up to Work: A spokesperson for the HHS says former Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Director Rick Bright has not appeared at the NIH, where he was reassigned to work on diagnostics testing for COVID-19. Bright, who wants to remain BARDA director, was moved to NIH after he disagreed with his supervisors at the Department of Health and Human Services over the seriousness of the threat of the novel coronavirus, shortages of protective gear and contracts that went to companies with political connections, reports Anna Edney.  Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif), chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, yesterday announced plans to hold a hearing on Bright’s whistleblower complaint next week.

Doctors Hope Relaxed Telehealth Rules Continue: Doctors relying on eased telehealth rules to treat patients during the coronavirus pandemic could face familiar obstacles to remote treatment when enforcement of security and privacy requirements return. Chatting with physicians online has drastically expanded during the pandemic via video-conferencing apps such as Google Meet, Zoom, Skype, and Apple FaceTime. That was more difficult when privacy and security rules were more rigorously enforced. Ayanna Alexander has more.

Justices Hear HIV/AIDS-Tied Case: Another pandemic was the focus of U.S. Supreme Court arguments yesterday morning: the HIV/AIDS pandemic. On day two of the high court’s unprecedented livestream oral arguments, the justices seemed poised to strike down a requirement that foreign entities adopt an explicit policy against prostitution and sex trafficking in order to receive federal funding to fight the pandemic abroad, Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson report.

Trump Administration Sued by Migrants’ Kids for Denied Virus Aid: The Trump administration was sued over a provision in the coronavirus relief package that bars U.S.-citizen children of undocumented immigrants from getting stimulus payments. A group of seven children and their parents claim the law violates the children’s constitutional rights. The Trump administration also is being sued by citizens denied virus aid because they are married to undocumented immigrants. Read more from Bob Van Voris.

 

 

Transportation

Groups Relate Virus Effects on Aviation: The trade association representing American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest will testify on Capitol Hill this afternoon on the state of the aviation industry, which is taking a battering during the coronavirus pandemic.  Nicholas Calio, president of Airlines for America, will appear before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for the first time since Congress threw the passenger airlines a $25 billion life preserver for payroll aid in the third coronavirus relief law (Public Law 116-136).  Calio is likely to face questions about how airlines are meeting the law’s provision that carriers taking federal assistance not lay off workers or reduce their compensation through Sept. 30. Early statements from airline executives hint that worker numbers and pay rates may not stay the same once the time limit has passed. United Airlines, a member of Airlines for America, said in an internal memo that it will slash office jobs by 30% after coronavirus payroll assistance runs out in the fall. D elta Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson told employees in March that the company would be “smaller” coming out of the pandemic crisis. There is no doubt “that the U.S. airline industry will emerge from this crisis a mere shadow of what it was just three short months ago,” Calio said in prepared testimony. “There is simply no way around the detrimental and lasting economic impact this pandemic will have on our industry.”

Airlines and airports must adopt even more measures against the spread of Covid-19, some of which would imply major new costs for an industry already suffering steep losses, according to testimony from Hilary Godwin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, who will also testify before the committee. She recommended dramatic changes to how airport terminals looked before the pandemic, when passengers clustered in boarding areas, restaurants and security lines, report Alan Levin and Ryan Beene.

  • Debating Social Distancing on Planes: Godwin will also tell lawmakers that airlines should selectively assign seats to allow for social distancing, according to an advance copy of her testimony. The International Air Transport Association, the body representing global airlines, said yesterday that it wouldn’t support leaving middle seats empty. But Delta yesterday announced that they’re going beyond keeping some middle seats off limits, and instead will cap sales at 50% in first class and at 60% in economy sections through June, Mary Schlangenstein reports.
  • Problems with Passenger Info Collection: Additionally, if a traveler tests positive for coronavirus, Godwin recommends the Department of Homeland Security and the aviation industry work together to notify passengers. FAA chief Steve Dickson previously said there were “technical hurdles” in collecting passenger contact information. Airlines don’t necessarily keep the information requested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in one place, making it difficult for the CDC to inform other passengers if a traveler is infected b y the virus.
  • Airports Also on Witness List: Rounding out today’s hearing is Todd Hauptli, president of the American Association of Airport Executives. Congress approved $10 billion in coronavirus aid for airports in March.

Pandemic Air Travel Task Force: A day ahead of the hearing, panel members Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed creating a pandemic task force on air travel. The group would include officials from the Transportation Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Health and Human Services, in addition to representatives from airlines, labor unions, and passenger rights groups, according to a statement. The senators have not yet introduced formal legislation.

New Route Cuts Approved: The virus aid package came with another requirement that carriers continue to provide minimum levels of service to locations they were flying to as of March 1, as deemed necessary by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. But the department is faced with the challenge of balancing its mandate to ensure continued nationwide access to air travel as demand has fallen by more than 90% due to the broad idling of much of the U.S. economy in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

That dilemma is illustrated by the latest approval of JetBlue’s request to suspend service to 16 large hubs including Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Seattle through September. Spirit Airlines also had its request approved to suspend service to six cities, including Portland, Oregon, Denver and Minneapolis, through September. Read more from Ryan Beene.

Ligado, National Security On Tap Today: Also today, the Senate Armed Services Committee will discuss Defense Department spectrum policy and the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to allow Ligado to build a 5G network that would share frequencies with some GPS operations, a plan DOD opposed over the potential for interference. Witnesses include DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy, Air Force Gen. John Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command, and Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin.

Automakers Eye Restart: Fiat Chrysler plans to reopen its factory on May 18 if Michigan’s shelter-at-home order keeps its May 15 expiration, CEO Mike Manley said yesterday. The United Auto Workers union agreed on safety procedures to protect workers. Its contracts with Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Ford give companies authority to pick restart dates.

“We all knew this day would come. We continue to advocate for as much testing as possible at the current time and eventually full-testing when available,” union President Rory Gamble said in a prepared statement yesterday. “The UAW will fulfill its role to continue to actively monitor and aggressively respond regarding all issues impacting the health and safety of UAW members in whatever manner may be necessary as we return to the worksite.” Read more from the AP.

Companies Help With Drone Rules: Alphabet’s Wing, Airbus and Amazon are among the companies that will help write technology standards for a massive new tracking network for drones, the Federal Aviation Administration said yesterday. The FAA released the long-awaited proposal, known as remote identification, in December that would allow law enforcement to track drones. The rule is a critical step before companies can deliver packages by drone, Courtney Rozen reports.

Groups Push for AV Bill: The Consumer Technology Association sent letters to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and House Energy and Commerce Committees yesterday urging them to move forward on self-driving car legislation. The two committees last released draft text of legislation in February.

U.S. Traffic Deaths Falls to Lowest Since 2014: The rate at which people die in vehicle crashes on U.S. roads last year reached the lowest level since 2014, according to new data estimates released yesterday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The estimates are preliminary and final figures to be released later this year, Ryan Beene reports.

The estimated fatality rate for 2019 was 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), lower than 1.13 per 100 million VMT in 2018. The fatality rate in 2014 was 1.08 deaths per 100 million VMT. Traffic fatalities were 36,120 in 2019, down 1.2% from prior year. The highway death count has declined each year since 2017.

 

Economy

Layoffs Turn From Temporary to Permanent: In an American economy negotiating a downturn that is already being likened to the 1930s Great Depression, data on Friday is expected to show more than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April. Although Covid-19 fatalities in the U.S. haven’t started to trend down yet, economists are beginning to see signs that the recession is bottoming out. Decision makers from Trump down to company CEOs are hoping more than $2 trillion in fiscal stimulus and the gradual lifting of restrictions could set the stage for a significant rebound this summer.

Yet a worrying trend is emerging from the stacks of layoff notices filed by businesses in California, Florida, and New York, where service industries have been hammered by lockdown orders, as well as politically important swing states such as Michigan and Ohio, where key industries such as steel and autos already faced headwinds going into 2020. Plenty of layoffs that just a month ago were labeled “temporary” are now tagged “indefinite” or “permanent.” Alongside announcements of sweeping staff c uts by major employers such as Boeing and U.S. Steel and the accelerating pace of downsizing in brick-and-mortar retailing, such notices are a sign that even as businesses continue to hope for a speedy recovery, they are starting to plan for a slow one. Read more from Shawn Donnan and Joe Deaux.

Trump Extends Deadline to Return PPP Loans: The Trump administration is extending until May 14 the date companies can return loans from a popular coronavirus relief program without penalty. The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration had set May 7 as the date for firms to repay loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, but said in updated guidance posted yesterday that it’s extending the repayment date by a week. Read more from Mark Niquette.

Esper Warns of ‘Legacy Systems’ Cuts: Defense Secretary Mark Esper signaled he’d protect major weapons programs from budget cuts and continue to target older “legacy systems” if the Pentagon is faced with flat or reduced funding amid surging federal spending to combat the coronavirus crisis. “My inclination is not to risk any of the modernization programs” but “to go back and pull out more of the legacy programs,” Esper told reporters. “We need to invest those dollars into the future.” Esper acknowledged that the Pentagon, which has been looking at flat budgets beyond its $705 billion fiscal 2021 request, may face new pressure in the wake of about $3 trillion in unanticipated federal spending related to the virus pandemic. Read more from Tony Capaccio.

Meat Plant Virus Rates Hit 50%: More than half of workers at some American meat plants tested positive for coronavirus. Employees are still out sick, keeping production slow even as some facilities reopen, and grocers such as Kroger and Costco are rationing supplies. Even Wendy’s dropped burgers from some of its menus. The supply shortfalls and soaring prices underscore the challenges of quickly fixing America’s broken meat supply chain. Read more from Mike Dorning.  Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Iowa on Friday, as the state combats coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking plants that threaten the U.S. food supply. Gov. Reynolds will visit the White House today to discuss the outbreak. Read more from Jennifer Jacobs.

Courts Request More Virus Aid: Federal courts need $36.6 million to address “emergent needs” in combating the coronavirus outbreak, including enhanced courtroom cleaning, health screenings, and teleworking infrastructure, the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts, the administrative arm of the judiciary, announced yesterday. Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson has more.

Trump Administration Sued by Migrants’ Kids for Denied Virus Aid: The Trump administration was sued over a provision in the coronavirus relief package that bars U.S.-citizen children of undocumented immigrants from getting stimulus payments. A group of seven children and their parents claim the law violates the children’s constitutional rights. The Trump administration also is being sued by citizens denied virus aid because they are married to undocumented immigrants. Read more from Bob Van Voris.

 

Campaign Trail

Democrats Ordered to Reinstate Primary: The New York primary election is back on track after a federal judge ordered state Democratic officials to reinstate the vote on June 23 in response to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s challenge to its cancellation. Numerous states rescheduled their presidential primary elections due to Covid-19 but New York is violating voters’ constitutional rights by having canceled the primary, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said in an order yesterday. Read more from Malathi Nayak.

Congressman Sues to Define Limits of Whitmer’s Power: Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) is asking a federal court to throw out all of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) “orders, rules, and enforcement activity” related to the pandemic, alleging the first-term Democrat has stretched her authority beyond U.S. and state constitutional boundaries. “In short, Mitchell brings this lawsuit to define the limits of a State’s police power,” the lawmaker said in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Read more from Alex Ebert.

Virginia Temporarily Drops Witness Mandate For Absentee Voting: Virginians won’t need a witness when they sign absentee ballots for the state’s June 23 primary. The requirement is being temporarily waived under the settlement of a lawsuit approved by a federal court yesterday. Read more from Andrew M. Ballard.

 

Other stories

China Says Pompeo Has No Evidence Virus Escaped From Lab: China fired back at Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, saying he has no evidence to back up claims that the virus that causes Covid-19 escaped from a lab in the central city of Wuhan. The U.S. attacks on China were part of an election year strategy by Trump’s Republican Party ahead of this year’s election, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said today. She pointed to the World Health Organization’s assertion that the virus couldn’t be man-made, and repeated a denial from a top Wuh an laboratory official given to state media last month. Read more.

Meanwhile, Taiwan urged the World Health Organization to allow it to rejoin a key global health assembly later this month despite objections from China, as Taipei pushes for more inclusion in international bodies. Taiwan needs a seat at the WHO’s annual decision-making meeting, the World Health Assembly, on May 18 to allow it access to firsthand information about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, health minister Chen Shih-chung said at a briefing in Taipei today. Read more from Samson Ellis.

Trump Backs Putin’s Nuclear Powers’ Summit: Trump supports Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin’s proposal to hold a summit of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the American ambassador to Moscow said in an interview with a Russian news service. Trump sent a message recently to President Putin describing the initiative as a “good idea,” the Interfax news service cited U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan as saying in the interview published today. The agenda and details of the time and place for the meeting are now unde r discussion, he said. Read more from Henry Meyer.

Ginsburg Hospitalized for Gallbladder Ailment, High Court Says: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent non-surgical treatment for a benign gallbladder condition and will be in the hospital for a day or two, the U.S. Supreme Court said. Ginsburg, 87, the court’s oldest justice and a four-time cancer survivor, had been suffering from a gallstone, which caused an infection, according to a statement from the court. She is “resting comfortably,” the court said, and plans to take part in today’s two arguments, which the court is conducting by telephone because of the coronavirus. Read more from Greg Stohr.

U.S. Puts Ball in Israel’s Court on Annexation: The U.S. is ready to recognize an Israeli declaration of sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, according to an interview with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Friedman spoke to Israel Hayom newspaper as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz plan to implement a power-sharing agreement that allows for movement on annexation to begin on July 1. Friedman largely restated policies the U.S. laid out in its Middle East peace plan introduced in late January, which the Palestinians have flatly rejected because it falls far short of their demands. Read more from Alisa Odenheimer.

Russian Fighters a ‘Force Multiplier’ in Libya: Russian operatives are engaged in a large-scale campaign in Libya to bolster eastern commander Khalifa Haftar through a mix of technical support, direct involvement in combat operations and sophisticated influence campaigns, according to United Nations analysts. About 800 to 1,200 mercenaries from the Wagner group, headed by a confidant of President Vladimir Putin, have been actively operating in Libya since 2018, including at least 39 Russian snipers on the front lines, UN experts monitoring sanctions on the North African country wrote in their first extensive report on mercenaries, which was viewed by Bloomberg. Read more from David Wainer.

 

 

Today on the Hill

 

White House

  • 10:00 am – In-House Pool Call Time
  • 12:15 pm – Trump signs a proclamation in honor of National Nurses Day
  • 12:45 pm – Trump has lunch with Pence
  • 2:00 pm – Trump meets with the Governor of Iowa
  • 3:30 pm – Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • 4:00 pm – Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a briefing

Senate

  • 11:00 am – Senate meets and resumes consideration of William Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center

House

  • 1:00 pm- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds conference call with California AG Xavier Becerra and others to discuss the Health Care Repeal Lawsuit
  • House leaders last week abandoned plans to reconvene today, citing concern about Covid-19 spread

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

 

Yesterday’s Legislative Action

 

  1. H.R.6696— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish a program providing grants to certain small business concerns to modify or reallocate their productive facilities to begin or increase production of certain medical supplies critical to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Davids, Sharice [D-KS-3] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Small Business Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.
  2. H.R.6697— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Small Business Act to expand the Paycheck Protection Program for certain organizations, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Pappas, Chris [D-NH-1] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – Small Business Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.
  3. H.R.6698— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the quality of care in skilled nursing facilities under the Medicare program and nursing facilities under the Medicare program during the COVID-19 emergency period, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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…
  4. H.R.6699— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish a commission to determine essential employment during the COVID-19 crisis period and provide loan repayment and education credit to workers employed in such essential employment during such crisis, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (21)Committees: House – Education and Labor; Financial Services; Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…
  5. H.R.6700— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve State, local, and Indian tribal government plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, to waive certain matching fund requirements, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (20)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  6. H.R.6701— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require a longitudinal study on the impact of COVID-19.Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.Introduced
  7. H.R.6702— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the national service laws to prioritize national service programs and projects that are directly related to the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (19)Committees: House – Education and Labor; Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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…
  8. H.R.6703— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to include eating disorder prevention within local school wellness policy, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: House – Education and Labor Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
  9. H.R.6704— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize additional funding for housing counseling services, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial Services Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
  10. H.R.6705— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a State and Local Government Coronavirus Relief Program to make grants to States to make up for lost revenue due to COVID-19 and social distancing steps taken by the State and political subdivisions of the State, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
  11. H.R.6706— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To place temporary restrictions on acquisitions by the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Financial Services; Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…
  12. H.R.6707— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Mineral Leasing Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to reduce certain royalties, to amend the CARES Act to limit the provision of assistance to certain businesses, to impose a moratorium on certain oil and natural gas lease sales, the issuance of coal leases, and modifications to certain regulations, to extend certain public comment periods, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (29)Committees: House – Natural Resources; Energy and Commerce; Financial Services; Judiciary Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall…
  13. H.R.6708— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To support the advanced manufacturing technologies program of the Food and Drug Administration, to establish National Centers of Excellence in Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  14. H.R.6709— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a coronavirus fund to provide hazard payments to high-risk health care workers and essential workers, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (6)Committees: House – Education and Labor; Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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…
  15. H.R.6710— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To modify certain requirements of the Corps of Engineers relating to periodic nourishment of private beaches, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Crist, Charlie [D-FL-13] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  16. H.R.6711— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide for the expedited and transparent procurement and distribution of equipment and supplies needed to combat COVID-19.Sponsor: Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (48)Committees: House – Financial Services; Transportation and Infrastructure; Armed Services; Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such…
  17. H.R.6712— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to allow health share pools to be deemed an employer under section 3(5) of such Act for purposes of offering a group health plan or group health insurance coverage, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Education and Labor Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
  18. H.R.6713— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and modify the credit for increasing research activities, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Ways and Means; Small Business Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  19. H.R.6714— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide assistance to pay off rental arrearages of low- and moderate-income households accruing during the public health emergency relating to coronavirus, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial Services Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
  20. H.R.6715— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the removal of aliens in detention during a national emergency related to a communicable disease, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  21. H.R.6716— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Small Business Act to include certain critical access hospitals in the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Golden, Jared F. [D-ME-2] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Small Business Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.
  22. H.R.6717— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend the period of authorized stay for certain alien health care workers during the COVID-19 emergency period, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-10] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  23. H.R.6718— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To place a moratorium on large concentrated animal feeding operations, to strengthen the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to require country of origin labeling on beef, pork, and dairy products, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (6)Committees: House – Agriculture; Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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…
  24. H.R.6719— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require the Federal Government to provide critical health care resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsor: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services; Energy and Commerce; Budget Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such…
  25. H.R.6720— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide student loan forgiveness to health care workers who are on the front line in response to COVID-19.Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Education and Labor; Financial Services; Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…
  26. H.R.6721— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (19)Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  27. H.R.6722— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To strengthen Federal nutrition assistance programs as automatic stabilizers, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Agriculture; Education and Labor Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee…
  28. H.R.6723— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify the eligibility of broadband internet access services for Federal universal service support, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (9)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  29. H.R.6724— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize emergency homeless assistance grants under the Emergency Solutions Grants program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for response to the public health emergency relating to coronavirus, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (7)Committees: House – Financial Services Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
  30. H.R.6725— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide Federal funding for targeted purchases to buy food from producers who rely on local agricultural food markets affected by COVID-19, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: House – Agriculture Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.
  31. H.R.6726— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To provide a State option for certain cash-value voucher increases during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Education and Labor Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
  32. H.R.6727— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To hold Medicare beneficiaries harmless for specified COVID-19 treatment services furnished under part A or part B of the Medicare program. Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; Armed Services Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction…
  33. H.R.6728— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act to raise the borrowing limit of the Commodity Credit Corporation. Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: House – Agriculture Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.
  34. H.R.6729— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To establish a Homeowner Assistance Fund to provide funds to State housing finance agencies for the purpose of preventing homeowner mortgage defaults, foreclosures, and displacements of individuals and families experiencing financial hardship, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Financial Services; Budget Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  35. H.R.6730— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To authorize the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to convey certain property to the Massac-Metropolis Port District, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  36. H.R.6731— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To require executive agencies to purchase pharmaceuticals from the United States, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Stauber, Pete [R-MN-8] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, 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…
  37. H.R.6732— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to modify certain regulations relating to insurance-dedicated exchange-traded funds. Sponsor: Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
  38. H.R.6733— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To amend section 6304 of title 5, United States Code, to restore annual leave lost by certain Federal employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsor: Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
  39. H.R.6734— 116th Congress (2019-2020)To deem the vessel M/V LISERON to be less than 100 gross tons, as measured under chapter 145 of title 46, United States Code, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] (Introduced 05/05/2020) (Private Legislation) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  40. H.J.Res.87— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Providing for the reappointment of Michael M. Lynton as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – House Administration Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
  41. H.J.Res.88— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Providing for the appointment of Franklin D. Raines as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (2)Committees: House – House Administration Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
  42. H.Con.Res.99— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing support for the designation of October 28, 2020, as “Honoring the Nation’s First Responders Day”. Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  43. H.Res.950— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing support for the designation of May 5, 2020, as the “National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls”. Sponsor: Rep. Haaland, Debra A. [D-NM-1] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (22)Committees: House – Natural Resources Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
  44. H.Res.951— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Supporting the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week, to be observed from May 6 through May 12, 2020.Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (41)Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  45. H.Res.952— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives to recognize the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees, commemorate the contributions of Southeast Asian Americans to the United States, urge the President to halt the deportation of Southeast Asian refugees, and advance equitable policies for Southeast-Asian-American communities. Sponsor: Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (12)Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: 
  46. H.Res.953— 116th Congress (2019-2020)Expressing support for designation of May 2020 as “Health and Fitness Month”.Sponsor: Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: House – Energy and CommerceLatest Action: House – 05/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  47. S.3599— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to enhance our Nation’s nurse and physician workforce during the COVID-19 crisis by recapturing unused immigrant visas. Sponsor: Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: Senate – Judiciary Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  48. S.3600— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to authorize the imposition of sanctions with respect to the deliberate concealment or distortion of information about public health emergencies of international concern, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
  49. S.3601— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to prevent States from using or distributing resources during the COVID-19 national emergency in accordance with a State policy that discriminates on the basis of disability, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  50. S.3602— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to provide loan forgiveness for certain borrowers of Department of Agriculture direct farm loans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (3)Committees: Senate – Finance Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  51. S.3603— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 to require the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force to develop a priority list for reducing, mitigating, and controlling invasive species within the South Florida ecosystem, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  52. S.3604— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to report on COVID-19 recovery small business programs, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (5)Committees: Senate – Small Business and Entrepreneurship Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
  53. S.3605— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 to provide specialty crop block grants to fund State food banks and food access networks. Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
  54. S.3606— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to provide for the establishment of a Health Force and a Resilience Force to respond to public health emergencies and meet public health needs. Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (11)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  55. S.3607— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to extend public safety officer death benefits to public safety officers whose death is caused by COVID-19, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (14)Committees: Senate – Judiciary Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  56. S.3608— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the CARES Act to provide flexibility in use of funds by States, Indian Tribes, and municipalities. Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Appropriations Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
  57. S.3609— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to ensure that all communities have access to urgently needed COVID-19 testing, treatment, public health information, and relief benefits regardless of immigration status or limited English proficiency, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (14)Committees: Senate – Judiciary Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  58. S.3610— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to allow health share pools to be deemed an employer under section 3(5) of such Act for purposes of offering a group health plan or group health insurance coverage, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (6)Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  59. S.3611— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to reduce certain royalties, to amend the CARES Act to limit the provision of assistance to certain businesses, to impose a moratorium on certain oil and natural gas lease sales, the issuance of coal leases, and modifications to certain regulations, to extend certain public comment periods, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (8)Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  60. S.3612— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to clarify for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that receipt of coronavirus assistance does not affect the tax treatment of ordinary business expenses. Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (4)Committees: Senate – Finance Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  61. S.3613— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to strengthen existing benefits for certain descendants of veterans exposed to herbicide agents, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (0)Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
  62. S.3614— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A bill to authorize the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve State and local plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, to waive certain matching fund requirements, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  63. S.J.Res.68— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress. Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 01/09/2020) Cosponsors: (30)Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations Latest Action: 05/05/2020 Presented to President.
  64. S.Res.557— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing the cultural and historical significance of the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
  65. S.Res.558— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution recognizing April 30, 2020, as “El Dia de los Ninos-Celebrating Young Americans”. Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (1)Committees: Senate – Judiciary Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  66. S.Res.559— 116th Congress (2019-2020)A resolution honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Cesar Estrada Chavez. Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/05/2020) Cosponsors: (10)Committees: Senate – Judiciary Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2020 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

 

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