In This Issue: Department of Education hosts National Safe School Reopening Summit, Senate HELP Committee holds confirmation hearing for Cindy Marten, and earmarks make their return to Congress.

National Safe School Reopening Summit

On March 24, 2021, the Department of Education hosted the National Safe School Reopening Summit. According to the Department of Education, the

American Jobs Plan

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, the Biden Administration released their American Jobs Plan, which constitutes the first of two sections of a larger infrastructure package. This section contains roughly $2.5 trillion in federal spending over eight years, with the majority of that coming in one-time investments.

Takeaways

  • $621 billion for surface transportation

Earmarks are making a return to Congress. House Democrats have announced their intention to bring back earmarks after a moratorium lasting a decade. Removing the moratorium will give more power to individual lawmakers, especially Congressional members on the appropriations committees and the committees drafting the new infrastructure bill. It also provides stakeholders an opportunity to

American Rescue Plan

On Wednesday, March 10, Congress passed President Biden’s stimulus and COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion package provides additional funding for vaccination efforts, COVID-19 testing, state and local governments, stimulus checks, unemployment assistance, rental assistance, education, child care, and small businesses.

Notably, the final bill is not the

Later this week, the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce and likely vote on the COVID-19 relief bill supported by President Biden. As the vote nears, however, the Byrd rule will be key in determining which provisions, such as raising the minimum wage to $15, will survive the congressional process.

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Coronavirus Relief Summary

On Monday, December 21, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes the highly anticipated coronavirus relief package. The $900 billion relief package includes funding for stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, small businesses, vaccine distribution, health care, education, transportation, rental assistance, and agriculture. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation.

Summary

On December 21, 2020, Congress released and passed its long-awaited coronavirus relief package, which was part of a nearly 5,600 page 2021 government appropriations bill. The $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus is the result of weeks of intense bipartisan negotiations. Congress voted to approve the bill on Monday night, and President Trump is expected to

Bernard L. McNamee, who recently completed a term as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior advisor in the firm’s Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. offices, and rejoined the McGuireWoods law firm as a partner in its Richmond, Virginia office.

McNamee was nominated to FERC

Results and analysis from the presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, attorneys general and state legislative races.

Illinois

Despite winning the Presidential race in Illinois and retaining their majorities in both state legislative chambers, Democrats had a weaker than expected night, ceding ground from their Blue Wave strength in the Chicago suburbs in 2018.

North Carolina

All eyes