This Week’s Update

Senate Republicans introduced several bills that collectively make up their coronavirus response package, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. Negotiations have commenced on the bill. The Senate confirmed the nominations of Dana Wade to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marvin Kaplan and Lauren McGarity McFerran to be members of the National Labor Relations Board, and Derek Kan to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. 

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – Senate Republicans introduced several bills that collectively make up their coronavirus response package, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. Negotiations have commenced on the bill. The Senate confirmed the nominations of Dana Wade to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marvin Kaplan and Lauren McGarity McFerran to be members of the National Labor Relations Board, and Derek Kan to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. 
  • House – The House passed a “minibus” package of Defense, Commerce, Justice, and Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bills (H.R. 7617). The House also passed the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (H.R.7327), and the Child Care Is Essential Act (H.R. 7027).  

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate and the House will continue negotiations on a coronavirus response package. The Senate may take up S. 178, which would serve as a legislative vehicle for an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits. The Senate will continue its consideration of judicial and federal agency nominations. 
  • House – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House is expected to meet during the month of August to consider additional coronavirus response legislation. Members will be given at least 24-hours’ notice before the House will be called back into session. The House had been scheduled to go into recess at the end of this week.  

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