COVID-19 Federal Updates: April 30
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
The United States possess at least a third of the more than 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide.
With the U.S. Senate looking to return to Washington on Monday, House Democrats are looking at virtual options for the chamber this week to give committees the ability to conduct hearings remotely.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continue to advocate for a package the size of the original CARES Act, with a focus on funding for state and local governments, hazard pay for front-line workers, increased spending on social-safety-net programs, and worker safety protections.
Republican leaders are insisting the next package must include liability protection for businesses and that future spending must be restrained. Amid forecasts of increased COVID-19-related litigation, liability protection is emerging as a possible consequential issue.
Senator Sherrod Brown says he would like the next package federal aid to include a dedicated, flexible source of funding for towns, cities and counties. Senator Rob Portman who also wants the next coronavirus funding package to provide money to state and local governments.
Brown has asked Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to immediately release guidance that “makes explicitly clear that funding from the CARES Act Fund is allowed to be used to replace lost revenue.”
“I don’t think anybody in Congress would want to see public safety compromised in the middle of this crisis,” said Portman.
Additional Federal Guidance (as of April 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.):
HHS - Secretary Azar Statement on Positive Results from NIH Remdesivir Trial (Click here)
CDC - Contact Tracing: Part of a Multipronged Approach to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic (Click here)
CDC/EPA - EPA, CDC Release Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Spaces Where Americans Live, Work, and Play (Click here)
FDA - April 28 Daily Roundup (Click here)
NIH - NIH mobilizes national innovation initiative for COVID-19 diagnostics (Click here)
Treasury/SBA - Joint Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the Review Procedure for Paycheck Protection Program Loans (Click here)
Treasury/SBA - Joint Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on Establishing Dedicated Hours for Small Lender Submissions of PPP Applications (Click here)
Federal Reserve - Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement (Click here)
USDA - USDA To Implement President Trump’s Executive Order On Meat and Poultry Processors (Click here)
DOT - U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Notice Regarding Essential Air Service Program, Given the Impact of COVID-19 (Click here)
DOC - Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Q1 2020 GDP Advance Estimate (Click here)
DOC - USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1 (Click here)
DOL - U.S. Department of Labor Issues COVID-19 Relief and Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans (Click here)
DOL - Statement of Enforcement Policy by Solicitor of Labor Kate O’Scannlain and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA Loren Sweatt regarding Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities (Click here)
DOL - U.S. Department of Labor Announces that all 50 States and the District of Columbia Are Paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Benefits (Click here)
DHS/VA - Joint Statement from DHS and VA on Continued Collaboration Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic (Click here)
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration released additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program Wednesday: