COVID-19 Washington Update: June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
Below, please find a summary of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic since our last update (Thursday, June 18) – including today’s proclamation by President Trump to extend and expand COVID-19 related immigration restrictions.
 

Congress

On Friday, SBA and the Treasury Department announced an agreement with bipartisan leaders of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to release additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan data, including the names of companies and nonprofits receiving loans greater than $150,000 (covering approximately three-quarters of the total dollar value disbursed). See Chairman Rubio’s statement here and Ranking Member Cardin’s statement here. House Democratic leaders released a statement calling for additional transparency and noting that only 15% of loans were for amounts in excess of $150,000.

Today, House Democrats unveiled the text of their $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act, with plans to vote on the comprehensive measure by July 4th. In addition to a $500 billion surface transportation component (advanced by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week), the bill would provide funding for other infrastructure priorities, including schools and child care; healthcare; housing; broadband; drinking water and wastewater; and clean energy.

And Senate Democrats continue to press for Senate action on the Heroes Act, the $3 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by the House in May.

COVID-19-related Congressional hearings continue, with the following committee events scheduled for this week:

Senate
 
  • A June 23 Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing entitled, “COVID-19: Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic”

  • A June 23 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, “The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Coronavirus, and Addressing China’s Culpability”

  • A June 24 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing entitled, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Mineral Supply Chains”

  • A June 24 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled, “The Role of the Strategic National Stockpile in Pandemic Response”

House
 
  • A June 23 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” with administration officials testifying

  • A June 23 House Science, Space, and Technology Committee (Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee) hearing entitled, “R&D to Support Healthy Air Travel in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond”

  • A June 23 House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (Technology Modernization Subcommittee) hearing entitled, “VA Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Expansion and Impact”

  • A June 23 House Ways and Means Committee (Worker and Family Support Subcommittee) hearing entitled, “The Child Care Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic”

  • A June 23 House Budget Committee hearing entitled, “Health and Wealth Inequality in America: How COVID-19 Makes Clear the Need for Change”

  • A June 25 House Judiciary Committee (Courts, IP, and the Internet Subcommittee) hearing entitled, “Federal Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Best Practices Opportunities”

  • A June 25 House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled, “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era”

  • A June 25 House Oversight and Reform Committee (Government Operations Subcommittee) hearing entitled, “Frontline Feds: Serving the Public During a Pandemic”

  • A June 25 House Ways and Means Committee (Health Subcommittee) hearing entitled, “Examining the COVID-19 Nursing Home Crisis”

  • A June 26 House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled, “Insuring Against a Pandemic: Challenges and Solutions for Policyholders and Insurers”

Recent Congressional Statements / Letters
 
Recent Congressional Research Service Reports
 
Other Stakeholder Statements / Letters
   

White House / Agency Activity

White House
 
Department of the Treasury
 
Internal Revenue Service
 
Small Business Administration
 
Department of Labor
 
Food and Drug Administration
 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
 
National Institutes of Health
 
Customs and Border Protection
 
Federal Emergency Management Agency
 
Department of State
 
Department of Defense
 
Department of Education
 
Department of Commerce
 
Federal Communications Commission
 
Securities and Exchange Commission
   

Federal Reserve

Main Street Lending Program Frequently Asked Questions, June 20, 2020

An Update on the Economy and the Main Street Lending Program, June 19, 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