COVID-19 Legislative Relief Package
The big behind-the-scenes this week will be the negotiations taking place involving the House and Senate Democratic Leadership, the Senate Republican Leadership, and the Trump Administration to reach an agreement on the terms of the next COVID-19 relief legislation. Democrats are seeking enactment of a $3 TRILLION package that includes assistance to individuals, businesses, and state and local government, as well as funding for election administration, funding for the U.S. postal service, and provisions assisting immigrants. The White House and congressional Republicans are seeking enactment of a much smaller, $1 TRILLION package that includes much smaller enhanced federal unemployment compensation; less aid to state and local governments; and COVID-19-related liability protections for employers.
- Senate Floor Consideration of COVID-19 Relief Legislation: The full Senate this week is scheduled to begin legislative skirmishing on legislation to provide continued relief to persons, entities, and communities negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Hearing on the Rohingya Crisis: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation has scheduled a hearing for next week titled, "An Update on the Rohingya Crisis.""
- Hearing on the Situation in Venezuela: The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has scheduled a hearing for next week titled, "Venezuela in Maduro's Grasp: Assessing the Deteriorating Security and Humanitarian Situation."
- Hearing on Deployment of DHS Officers: The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has scheduled a hearing for next week titled, ".Oversight of DHS Personnel Deployments to Recent Protests," at which it will hear from Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.