COVID-19 Washington Update: June 2020 #8

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Below, please find a summary of today’s federal government activities in response to COVID-19.

Congress

Today, news that the Trump administration would soon end federal support for COVID-19 testing centers drew criticism from Members of Congress – including Texas Senators Cornyn and Cruz, whose state is experiencing a surge in cases.

Also today, House Democrats unveiled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which the chamber will vote on next Monday, June 29. In announcing the bill, Democratic leaders stressed the importance of affordable health care given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-related hearings continue tomorrow, with a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on reopening government workplaces; a House Financial Services Committee hearing on capital markets and emergency lending; and a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the COVID-19 nursing home crisis.

Recent Congressional Statements / Letters

Other Stakeholder Statements / Letters

Agency Activity

Department of the Treasury

Food and Drug Administration

National Institutes of Health

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Communications Commission

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.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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