COVID-19 Washington Update: July 8, 2020
July 8, 2020

Below, please find a summary of the federal government’s activities in response to COVID-19 since our last update. Please note that in light of the Congressional recess, we will only publish updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays this week and next.


In a Tuesday interview, Vice President Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said the White House would like to see Congress pass another COVID-relief package before the August recess – lining up with Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s timeline. In addition to various economic stimulus measures, Short said liability reform was “essential” to fully reopening the economy. Short also reiterated that the administration would like to keep the package under $1 trillion.

Today, Senate Democratic Leader Schumer visited small businesses in New York where he called for passage of the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program Act, or ‘P4’ Act, to extend the PPP program to 2021 and offer a new second round of forgivable PPP assistance to the “hardest-hit small businesses and nonprofits.”

While Congress is not in session, the House Appropriations Committee continues work on individual Fiscal Year 2021 government spending bills, many of which have incorporated funding to address the ongoing public health and economic crises.

Recent Congressional Statements / Letters

Other Stakeholder Statements / Letters


White House / Agency Activity

White House

Treasury Department

Department of Labor/OSHA

Department of Health and Human Services

Food and Drug Administration

National Institute of Health

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Environmental Protection Agency

Commodities Future Trading Commission

Federal Communications Commission


Federal Reserve

Speech: Comments of the Chair of the Financial Stability Board, Randal K. Quarles, “Global in Life and Orderly in Death: Post-Crisis Reforms and the Too-Big-to-Fail Question,” July 8, 2020


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.