• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 Federal Updates: April 29

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

The U.S. economy shrank by an annualized rate of 4.8 percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to data released Wednesday by the Commerce Department.

Joe Biden secured Ohio’s Democratic presidential primary.

The U.S. House of Representatives will not return to D.C. next week as previously planned.

The Senate is scheduled to return to session on May 4.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, along with other U.S. Conference of Mayors members, will give virtual testimony today to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, discussing how the federal government can help cities deal with the coronavirus.

The White House released a blueprint this week for states and local governments to increase their testing capacity as they prepare to lift economic and social restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Additional Federal Guidance (as of April 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.):

  • HHS - Eligible Providers Can Submit Information to Receive Additional Provider Relief Fund Payments (Click here)

  • CDC - Living in Shared Housing (Click here)

  • CDC - FAQs for Law Enforcement Agencies and Personnel (Click here)

  • FDA - April 27 Daily Roundup (Click here)

  • DHS-FEMA - Distribution of Cloth Facial Coverings (Click here)

  • ED - Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEA (Click here)

  • DOC-Census - 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 (Click here)


  • The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced an expansion of the scope and duration of the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF).

  • The facility, which was announced on April 9 as part of an initiative to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support U.S. households, businesses, and communities, will offer up to $500 billion in lending to states and municipalities to help manage cash flow stresses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources. See here for more information, some of which has been updated recently.

  • Separately, and for more Information on Economic Impact Payments, including answers to frequently-asked questions and other resources, visit IRS.gov/coronavirus. The IRS has recently released a new Spanish language version of the tool to help even more Americans get their money quickly and easily.

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