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15 Democrats Vote Against Their Party on the HEROES Act

Is there going to be a fourth COVID bill? Why is it taking so long? These are the questions I am getting from business owners and individuals who are hoping for additional action by Congress to combat the pandemic. It’s been a couple of weeks since COVID #3.5 bill passed Congress, so here’s a helpful

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Members Named to House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis

How many Committees are in the House of Representatives? Want to guess? Or visit the House’s website to count? Spoiler Alert: there are 24 Committees in the House, most of which have Subcommittees as well. The CARES Act, signed into law in March, created a House Committee to provide the oversight of the government’s response

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Members Express Safety Concerns about Returning to Washington

Senate Set to Return Monday On Monday, the Senate is scheduled to return to Washington, despite Senators expressing concern about their safety. One of the most vocal Senators has been Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). In response to health and safety complaints, Leader McConnell said the Senate would use “proper safeguards” to protect senators from the virus. Timeline

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House Adjourns; Opening Salvo on COVID #4

After the House passed H.R. 748, the CARES Act on Friday, March 27, House leadership cancelled until Monday, April 20. The goal is for the House to reconvene on April 20. If the virus continues at the current pace, it is safe to assume the Speaker may delay votes even further. What may surprise you

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Senate Passage of COVID #3: The CARES Act

Overnight, Congressional leaders and the White House finally reached agreement on the COVID #3 economic stimulus package – at least 99.9% of an agreement. Final Text of CARES Act Division A Summary Division B Summary Unemployment Insurance and Tax Summary Unemployment Insurance provisions are being challenged by a few Republican Senators (Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Tim Scott

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The Deal is Never Done Until It’s Done

I have to start with a mea culpa.  I’ve been in this town for almost twenty years. Today, I’m reminded of an age-old lesson in Washington – the deal is never done until it is done. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spent much of yesterday in conversations with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Speaker

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