This Week’s Update

Congress and the White House are continuing to negotiate on an emergency package in response to the coronavirus. The package is expected to include provisions on coverage for testing, paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, Medicaid funding, and nutrition assistance. The House passed S.J. Res. 68, a resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress, and H.R. 6172, a bill to extend and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is scheduled to expire on March 15.

This Week in Congress

  • House – Congress and the White House are continuing to negotiate on an emergency package in response to the coronavirus. The package is expected to include provisions on coverage for testing, paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, Medicaid funding, and nutrition assistance. The House passed S.J. Res. 68, a resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress, and H.R. 6172, a bill to extend and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is scheduled to expire on March 15.
  • Senate – The Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 2657, “The American Energy Innovation Act.” The Senate confirmed James Danly to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Next Week in Congress

  • House – The House will remain in session to consider the coronavirus response package, after which it is expected to go into recess.  
  • Senate – The Senate cancelled a planned recess to continue work on the coronavirus response bill. The Senate may also take up H.R. 6172, the FISA extension bill, but a short-term lapse appears likely.

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