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What Happens When Congress Legislates in a Hurry

Let’s agree that legislating in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic is not easy.  Congress is negotiating and passing legislation in record time. What usually takes weeks and months is now being done in a matter of days. Negotiations on Capitol Hill are changing by the hour.  The House passed H.R. 6021, The Families First […]

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Trump Administration Efforts to Combat COVID-19

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are not the only ones with ideas to combat the public health crisis and economic crisis created by COVID-19. While negotiations continue on Capitol Hill on the COVID-2/H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Trump Administration is pursuing executive and regulatory actions to address the pandemic. The Trump Administration is

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House Votes on COVID-2/H.R. 6021, The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This afternoon, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the House would vote on H.R. 6021, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, regardless of whether Congressional Republicans support the bill.   Treasury Secretary Mnuchin negotiated the bill with the Speaker, but it remains to be seen whether the Secretary or President will intervene to

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Fiscal Initiatives to Respond to COVID-19

Proposed policy options to relieve the economic stress caused by COVID-19 are the subject of negotiations by the White House and on lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Some of these options require congressional action, while others require Executive Order/Agency rule-making. The menu of policy options are as follows: Paid Sick Leave PSL is quickly gaining steam,

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