COVID-19 Washington Update: June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020

Congress

Today, Senate Republicans and Democrats 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:

Senate
 
  • 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.

House
 
  • 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.

Recent Congressional Statements / Letters
   

Agency Activity

Department of the Treasury
 
Department of Health and Human Services
 
Food and Drug Administration
 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
 
Customs and Border Protection
 
Federal Emergency Management Agency
 
Department of State
 
Department of Defense
 
Department of Education
 
Department of Transportation
 
Securities and Exchange Commission
 
Export-Import Bank
   

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