Hearings/Markups

House Committee on Appropriations: “Department of Veterans Affairs – Response to COVID-19”
Tuesday, May 19: The House Committee on Appropriations, subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the response to COVID-19 by the Department of Veterans Affairs, with a witness panel of officials from the VA. Find more

Hearings/Markups

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP): “COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School”
Thursday, May 12: The Senate HELP committee held a full committee hearing on the country’s transition back to leaving homes for work and school, with a panel that includes Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National

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Pallone Lays Out Legislative Priorities for National COVID-19 Response
On May 1, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) released a memo calling for expanded testing, centralized supply chain coordination and communication, improved public health data collection, free testing and treatment coverage for everyone, including uninsured individuals, and fair reimbursement for health

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House, Senate Pass $484 Billion COVID-19 Package, President Trump Signs
Last week, the House passed a COVID-19 spending package, 388-5, which passed the Senate unanimously. On April 24, President Trump signed the spending package that will provide an immediate $321 billion infusion for the Paycheck Protection Program, the small business rescue fund that ran

Democrats Request Information from Kushner on Health Data Collection

On April 10, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) sent a letter requesting information from the Trump administration on White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner’s working with technology companies to use health data for a national coronavirus surveillance system.

Trump Administration: Hospitals and Doctors Receiving Stimulus Funding Cannot Send Patients Surprise Bills
On April 9, the Trump administration announced that hospitals receiving money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill will have to agree not to send “surprise” medical bills to patients treated for COVID-19. The stimulus bill includes $100 billion for the health care

OTC Monograph Reform Signed into Law as Part of COVID-19 Stimulus
On March 27, President Trump signed into law Congress’s phase three COVID-19 stimulus bill that includes a measure to reform the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) over-the-counter (OTC) drug monograph regulatory framework. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) also includes

Senate Republicans Release “Phase Three” COVID-19 Stimulus Proposal

On March 19, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released an economic stimulus bill to fight the coronavirus’s fallout, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The proposed plan includes four priorities: direct financial help for the American people; relief for small businesses and their employees;