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This Week on the Hill, August 3 - August 7, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The House is on recess this week, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) plans to stay in D.C. for ongoing coronavirus stimulus negotiations. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has reserved the right to call members back to Washington for a vote on a potential stimulus bill.

The Senate meets at 3:00 p.m. Monday and will resume consideration of the nomination of Mark Menezes to be Energy Department deputy Secretary. At 5:30 p.m., senators will vote whether to invoke cloture on the Menezes nomination.


Later in the week, the chamber is expected to debate an extension of the enhanced unemployment benefits that were approved under the CARES Act and expired on Friday. The Senate is scheduled to break for August recess on Thursday, though the senators may remain in Washington pending a stimulus deal



Negotiators are no closer to reaching a resolution on a new coronavirus relief package as the two sides took shots at each other on Sunday and are set to resume talks this week. Trump administration officials were pessimistic on Sunday about the chances of striking an accord in the near future, with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows noting that the gulf between the two sides remains expansive on myriad issues.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been pushing for a comprehensive bill to address multiple economic and health care needs, told reporters over the weekend that the administration continues to resist a public health strategy to attack the virus, which is surging in many states. During a Sunday appearance on ABC, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the administration’s response to the pandemic, while pointing to Democrats’ demands for $1 trillion in new state and local aid as a non-starter.
Pelosi, Mnuchin, and Meadows have met almost daily for the past week at the Capitol along Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as they try to craft a new coronavirus relief bill.
Republicans and administration officials have been pushing for a short-term fix to address the expiration of $600 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits, which lapsed Friday for some 30 million workers. Democrats continue to resist a short-term approach, and rejected an administration proposal to extend the $600 benefit for an additional week to give more time to negotiate. Pelosi has said that idea was pointless since the parties were not close to a deal.


Thursday, August 6

House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis holds a remote hearing on "Challenges to Safely Reopening K-12 Schools." 2:00 p.m., online.


Monday, August 3

Small Business Majority holds and event, "PPP Loan Forgiveness & Healthcare Options for Virginia's Small Businesses." 3:00 p.m., online.

Wednesday, August 5

The Cato Institute holds an event, "Doctors with Borders: Embracing the Potential of Immigrant Doctors." 12:00 p.m., online.
The Urban Institute holds an event, "Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Protecting Student Borrowers amid the Pandemic." 3:30 p.m., online.

Thursday, August 6

The Alliance for Health Policy holds a media briefing with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. 10:00 a.m., online.
The Urban Institute holds a webinar on "The Prescription: Fiscal Policy for the COVID-19 Economy." 12:00 p.m., online.
The Brookings Institution holds an event, "Addressing another COVID-19 crisis: Corruption." 2:00 p.m., online.

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