Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of July 27, 2020  
  
Congressional Outlook

The House and Senate are in session this week. The House will not be in session on Tuesday to pay respect to Congressman John Lewis while he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol.
 
On Monday, the House will meet to consider two bills under suspension of the rules, including the National Museum of the American Latino Act, as amended (H.R. 2420), which would create an American Latino history museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution; and the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act (S. 2163), which would create a new panel to study and provide policy recommendations on systemic issues affecting Black men and boys.
 
For the remainder of the week (after coming back into session Wednesday), the House will consider the Child Care Is Essential Act (H.R. 7027), which would create a $50 billion stabilization fund within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant program to support child care providers affected by the coronavirus pandemic; the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 7327), which would expand dependent care and payroll tax credits to support caregivers and child care providers affected by the coronavirus pandemic; and the second package of FY 2021 appropriations bills (H.R. 7617), which includes appropriations for seven annual appropriations bills, including Defense, Commerce - Justice - Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor - Health and Human Services - Education, and Transportation - Housing and Urban Development. The House will also consider two more bills under suspension of the rules, including the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, as amended (H.R. 7575), which would authorize numerous navigation, flood control, storm damage, and other water-related infrastructure projects and studies, and would approve policy provisions related to Corps construction, contracting, environmental policies, and other matters; and Sami's Law, as amended (H.R. 4648), which would require ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to implement systems for passengers to verify their drivers and would make it illegal for anyone other than the ride-hailing company to sell signage for vehicles. According to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), additional legislative items are possible this week.
 
The Senate will vote today on the nomination of William Scott Hardy to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Later this week, the Senate is expected to hold confirmation votes for two seats on the National Labor Relations Board (to avoid a potential loss of a quorum). Cloture has also been filed for two other nominations, including Dana T. Wade to be an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and David Cleveland Joseph to be a judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
 
After several delays, Senate Republicans and the White House are expected to announce the details of the next coronavirus relief package today, estimated to be around $1 trillion. This package will need to be negotiated with House Democrats, who passed a much larger coronavirus relief package in May. It is highly likely that both chambers will remain in Washington the first week of August, maybe longer, in order to negotiate and vote on a compromise coronavirus relief package before both chambers recess for the month of August.
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