Capitol Hill Updates

  • EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - REGULATORY RELIEF TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC RECOVERY       In December 2019, a novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 ("the virus") was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People's Republic of China, causing an outbreak of the disease COVID-19, which has now spread globally.  The Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d), in response to COVID-19.  In Proclamation 9994 of...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced that the American Small Manufacturers Coalition, The Software Alliance, CompTIA, and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry are new endorsers of their Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in America Act. The Senators’ bipartisan bill would help to fill the gap between the growth of advanced manufacturing jobs and individuals qualified with the unique skill set to fill those positions. “In the wake of this pandemic,...
  • This crisis has every part of our society in dire need of stability, clarity, and certainty. The Senate has already stepped up, but our work is not over. I look forward to seeing all my colleagues next Monday.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming Senate schedule:   “Senators will return to Washington D.C. one week from today. We will modify routines in ways that are smart and safe, but we will honor our constitutional duty to the American people and conduct critical business in...
  • WASHINGTON – Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined a bipartisan letter with 26 Senators to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities who are devotedly caring for our nation’s seniors, as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Senators wrote, “We believe that...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), issued the following statement regarding the urgent need to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program portion of the CARES Act:   “The Small Business Administration and the Department of the Treasury report that the Paycheck Protection Program will exhaust its funding in a matter of hours. It will have to stop accepting applications for job-saving loans. Democrats have spent days blocking emergency funding for Americans’ paychecks and now the bipartisan program has run...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom to discuss the Coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana, and the need for Congress to work together to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program so that every small businesses seeking assistance can stay afloat. Whip Scalise blasted Washington Democrats for holding this relief for American workers and businesses hostage to their unrelated liberal agenda.       On considering the balance between reopening our economy and preventing the spread of Coronavirus:...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Senate schedule and the need for additional action regarding the Paycheck Protection Program portion of the CARES Act:   “Since the Senate passed the historic CARES Act in late March, Senators have been working around the country to monitor its implementation and help our states and nation attack this pandemic. “As the country continues working together to flatten the curve, following the advice of health experts, the full Senate is not expected to travel...
  • As Millions Are Laid Off, Speaker Pelosi Sees ‘No Data’ As To Why The Payroll Protection Program Immediately Needs $250 Billion More For Small Businesses, Despite Widespread Interest And Reports From Across The Country Of Businesses And Paychecks Already Being Saved   SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “Senate Democrats just blocked urgent money for a popular, bipartisan job-saving program which they themselves literally coauthored with us two weeks ago. I complimented both sides and asked to increase the dollar amount without changing anything else. But they blocked it...
  • After Republican Senators Emphasized That The Government Must First Make Sure The CARES Act Is Working And That Future Measures Must ‘Not Serve As A Grab Bag For [The Speaker’s] Liberal Wish List,’ Speaker Pelosi Changed Her Tone On New Coronavirus Response Legislation    ‘Democrats Pivot’: ‘Speaker Nancy Pelosi Shifted Her Tone On Friday, Calling For A Much More Focused “Phase 4” Relief Package’   “There has been a noticeable shift in rhetoric in the last day or so. Democrats -- including Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- are now talking about phase four being much like phase three. In...
  •   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:   “The American people are watching this spectacle. I’m told the future’s market is down five percent. I’m also told that that’s when trading stops. So the notion that we have time to play games here with the American economy and American people is utterly absurd. “So I want to explain what just happened. Our good friends on the other side would not be disadvantaged one bit if this vote...