COVID-19 Washington Update: June 29, 2020
June 29, 2020
Below, please find a summary of federal government activities in response to COVID-19 since our Friday update.

Congress

In remarks on the Senate floor today, Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) said Senate Republicans continue working to develop “strong legal protections for healthcare professionals, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and employers so our recovery is not promptly swamped by a second epidemic of frivolous lawsuits.” He again expressed opposition to the House-passed Heroes Act and highlighted his intention to follow the model of the bipartisan CARES Act “in any future recovery legislation down the road.” Leader McConnell also stressed the importance of wearing masks to help combat the pandemic.

Earlier, House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer (D-NY) wrote to Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) urging “immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations” to address the public health and economic crises.

Also today, Speaker Pelosi informed House Members that she was extending until August 18 the “covered period” allowing proxy voting due to the ongoing public health emergency. House Republican Leader McCarthy (R-CA) and GOP conference leaders responded with a letter expressing their strong opposition to the decision, noting, “we have demonstrated that in-person voting—and the accountability that comes with it—can be done in the House of Representatives in a safe and responsible manner.”
Tomorrow, House Federal Reserve Chairman Powell and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will testify before the House Financial Services Committee in a hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's Pandemic Response.” In his prepared remarks, released today by the Fed, Chairman Powell will say, “The path forward for the economy is extraordinarily uncertain and will depend in large part on our success in containing the virus. A full recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to reengage in a broad range of activities.”


Recent Congressional Statements / Letters
Other Stakeholder Letters  
White House/Agency Activity

White House
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Department of Labor
Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Department of Commerce
Federal Housing Finance Agency  
Federal Reserve  

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