Congress has passed three important federal coronavirus relief measures in the past two weeks to help support families and businesses during this unprecedented global pandemic.
The attached slide presentation will provide you an overview of:
- Phase 1 (H.R. 6074): Coronavirus
Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
- . Phase 2 (H.R. 6201): Families
First Coronavirus Response Act
- H.R. 748 Middle Class Health Benefits Tax
Repeal (Vehicle for third coronavirus package)
The coronavirus pandemic is also making Congress think differently about the way it votes in Washington, D.C. Several members of Congress have come down with the virus and more are in self quarantine.
Democratic staff for the House Rules Committee at the request of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have published a report last week focused on the logistical hurdles to implementing remote voting procedures.
The 23-page report is the first official study of options for voting on legislation without being on Capitol Hill during the current crisis. Allowing members of Congress to vote remotely during the coronavirus pandemic would raise “serious security, logistical and constitutional challenges,” according to the report. Findings are a blow to lawmakers in both parties in the House and Senate who were hoping for an alternative to voting in person after colleagues tested positive for COVID-19.
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