Today, Senate Republicans
separately urged the Trump administration to streamline the Paycheck Protection Program. Republicans would like to see reductions in paperwork requirements for loan applicants and Democrats are calling for significant improvements in the loan forgiveness application process.
Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines
for people who are considering venturing out in their communities and warned that attending large gatherings remains a high risk.
- During the agency’s news conference, CDC Director Robert Redfield said people should continue social distancing and taking steps like hand-washing and wearing a cloth mask to protect themselves and others from the virus.
Also of note, the Federal Reserve issued its semiannual report to Congress on monetary policy
which warned that small businesses may need more government support. Federal Reserve Chairman Powell will testify before House and Senate Committees next week.
COVID-19-related Congressional hearings scheduled for next week include:
- A June 16 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on COVID-19’s effect on the energy sector.
- A June 17 Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing Wednesday on telehealth and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent Congressional Statements / Letters
- A June 15 House Education and Labor Committee hearing on the effect of COVID-19 on public education.
- A June 16 House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing on COVID-19’s effect on the energy sector.
- A June 16 House Financial Services National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy Subcommittee hearing on how bad actors are exploiting the financial system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A June 16 House Homeland Security Oversight, Management, & Accountability Subcommittee hearing on Business As Usual? Assessing How DHS Can Resume Operations Safely
- A June 17 House Small Business Committee hearing on the Paycheck Protection Program’s loan forgiveness provisions and other challenges.
- A June 18 House Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on addressing unemployment resulting from COVID-19.
- A June 18 House Homeland Security Transportation & Maritime Security subcommittee hearing on Stakeholder Views On Resuming Air Travel In The COVID-19 Era
- A June 18 House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee hearing on tax relief to support workers and families during the COVID-19 recession.
- Schumer, Senators Call For Urgently-Needed Improvements To Streamline And Simplify Current, Onerous Process For Smaller Businesses Applying For PPP Loan Forgiveness June 12, 2020
- Rounds Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging the Administration to Provide Paperwork Relief for Small Businesses who Utilized the COVID-19 Relief Program June 12, 2020
- Committee Leaders Demand Additional Information On EPA’s Non-Enforcement Policy During Coronavirus Pandemic June 12, 2020
- Reps. Higgins (D-NY) & Stefanik (R-NY) Call on US & Canadian Governments to Develop Border Reopening Guidance June 12, 2020
- Pallone & Doyle Request Public Transparency For FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program June 12, 2020
- Rep. Griffith (R-VA) Calls for Aid to Free and Charitable Clinics in Coronavirus Relief June 12, 2020
- Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Blast Trump Administration for Hiding Data on Small Business Grants June 12, 2020
- Schumer, Gillibrand Demand Feds Speed Up Funding For New York’s Community Health Centers That Were The Frontline Armor Battling COVID-19; Senators Say Emergency Funding Is Needed For NY Communities To Begin Recovery And Rebuilding June 12, 2020
- Select [Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis] Briefing Confirms Urgent Need for Federal Action to Protect Nursing Homes from Coronavirus June 12, 2020
- Sen. Lankford Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging the Administration to Provide Paperwork Relief for Oklahoma Small Businesses who Utilized the COVID-19 Relief Program June 12, 2020
- Sen. Reed (D-RI): Availability of Quality, Safe Child Care is Essential to Successfully Restart the Economy June 12, 2020
- Senators Coons, Romney seek more information from Treasury on jobs and labor markets June 12, 2020
- Senators Warner, Jones, Durbin, Shaheen Lead Colleagues in Pressing for Expanded Access to Affordable Health Care in Any Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Bill June 12, 2020
- Shaheen Calls on DeVos to Reverse Unlawful Directive That Has Delayed Release of CARES Act Funding for NH Schools June 12, 2020
- Sinema Urges FEMA To Cut Red Tape And Help Tribal Communities Access Coronavirus Relief June 12, 2020
- Thune, Stabenow, Johnson, and Loebsack Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging USDA to Provide Flexibility for Harvesting and Grazing Cover Crops on Prevented Plant Acres June 12, 2020
- Udall, Heinrich Urge Senate Leadership to Include Higher Education Relief in Upcoming Coronavirus Legislation June 12, 2020
- Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge Senate Leadership To Give Higher Education Students And Institutions Much-Needed Relief In Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation June 12, 2020
- Buchanan Urges DeSantis to Direct Significant COVID-19 Relief Funds to Manatee, Sarasota June 12, 2020
- Neal (D-MA), Lewis (D-GA) Urge IRS To Consider Relief For Taxpayers Receiving Outdated Balance Due Notices June 11, 2020
- Chairman Scott: Court of Appeals Ruling Ignores Evidence that OSHA is Failing to Protect Workers June 11, 2020
- Energy Subcommittee Chairwoman Fletcher Holds Bipartisan Teleconference On DOE Support Of Manufacturing During The COVID-19 Crisis June 11, 2020
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Given the plethora of state and local actions, we recommend MultiState’s COVID-19 Policy Tracker
as a comprehensive tool to monitor the response