COVID-19 Washington Update: May 20, 2020
Kelley Drye Client Advisory
May 20, 2020
Today’s federal government activities in response to COVID-19 include:


Next week, the House plans to vote on targeted legislation to revamp the Paycheck Protection Program, initially created in the CARES Act. The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act would make modifications to the small business lending program, including allowing forgiveness for expenses beyond the 8-week covered period and eliminating the requirement that 75% of the loan go toward payroll. There is bipartisan support for PPP program changes in the Senate, as well, although timing for consideration in that chamber is uncertain.

Today, Speaker Pelosi formally designated a 45-day “covered period,” allowing the use of emergency proxy voting in the House. Majority Leader Hoyer subsequently provided additional details to Members.

A House Education and Labor Committee hearing scheduled for today on “the federal government’s actions to protect workers from COVID-19” was postponed. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt released highlights from her prepared statement. As covered in our Tuesday update, OSHA yesterday announced revised policies for enforcing requirements with respect to coronavirus.

Also today, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to advance S. 3681, to require a joint task force on air travel during and after the COVID–19 Public Health Emergency; and S. 3729, the Motor Carrier Safety Grant Relief Act of 2020.

Recent Congressional Statements / Letters
Other Stakeholder Statements / Letters

White House / Agency Activity

White House
Department of the Treasury
Department of Health and Human Services
Customs and Border Protection
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
International Trade Commission
Department of State
Department of Defense
Department of Transportation
Federal Communications Commission

Federal Reserve

Federal Agencies Share Principles For Offering Responsible Small-Dollar Loans, May 20, 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