COVID-19 Washington Update: July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020
Below, please find a summary of the federal government’s activities in response to COVID-19 since our last update. Please note we will only publish updates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week.
 

Congress

During a press conference in Kentucky today, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) said talks with the administration on another COVID relief package are ongoing and that he expects to continue discussions with his caucus when they return to Washington next week. Leader McConnell said bipartisan negotiations with Congressional Democrats would follow and “I think you can anticipate this coming to a head sometime within the next three weeks, beginning next week.”

One of many contentious issues will be the fate of the CARES Act’s enhanced unemployment insurance provisions, which are set to expire at the end of the month. Over the weekend, House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) said that the next relief bill must include an extension. Republicans remain wary.

Also today, Senate Democrats released a white paper with proposals to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are “safe, effective, high quality, produced at scale, allocated in a manner that optimizes public health and reduces health disparities, free and accessible to everyone, and widely embraced by the public.” The plan includes $25 billion in related funding.

Recent Congressional Statements / Letters
 
Other Stakeholder Statements / Letters
   

Agency Activity

Small Business Administration
 
Department of Labor
 
Food and Drug Administration
   

State / Local Activity

Given the plethora of state and local actions, we recommend MultiState’s COVID-19 Policy Tracker as a comprehensive tool to monitor the response