Minnesota Congressional Delegation Reacts to Statewide Protests
With the Twin Cities receiving national attention for the last week in the wake of George Floyd’s death, members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation have responded to the unfolding turmoil with a range of statements, letters, and legislative actions.
Minnesota’s Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, received support from 26 […]
House Passes $3 Trillion Stimulus Bill
The House passed a $3 trillion Democratic economic stimulus bill on Friday that Senate leadership and President Trump have already rejected, making it less likely to trigger bipartisan negotiations in the immediate future. The measure, passed 208-199, would give cash-strapped states and local governments more than $1 trillion while providing most […]
Congress in Early Stages of Developing Fourth Relief Package
The Senate is back today with plans to continue considering President Trump’s nominations and legislation to reinstate some expired surveillance programs, but little formal talk of a fourth coronavirus relief package. After backing almost $3 trillion to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]
Democrats Eye Further Direct Payments in Next Stimulus Round
Congressional Democrats are considering proposing a new round of direct cash payments to U.S. households and extending a similar benefit to the smallest businesses, as they struggle to get federal loans. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Richard Neal (D-MA-01), the top Democrats on Congress’s two tax committees, want to include the […]
Summary of “Phase 3.5” Legislation
The Senate on Tuesday evening passed $484 billion in new pandemic relief funds to bolster a tapped-out small business aid program, pay for additional coronavirus testing, and help hospitals deluged by sick patients.
The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Actis expected to receive an affirmative vote in the House tomorrow, followed by a prompt signature […]
Democrats and White House Near Deal on New Relief Funding
Democrats and the Trump Administration are near an agreement for Congress to act this week on a deal as large as $500 billion to put more funding into a tapped-out small business aid program and provide money for coronavirus testing and overwhelmed hospitals. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy […]
Insurers Instructed to Waive Copays for Virus Testing, Services
The Trump Administration on Saturday moved to require group health plans and other insurers to cover both coronavirus testing and some related treatment services with no copays or other cost sharing to beneficiaries, including tests that determine if a person has previously had Covid-19. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, along […]
Senate in Stalemate Seeking Quick Additional Relief Funds
Senate Democrats blocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to quickly pass a $250 billion boost in aid to small businesses suffering revenue losses in the pandemic, likely delaying any action until leaders of both parties find a compromise. Leader McConnell had sought unanimous consent in the Senate this morning for the small business […]
Delegation Members Urge Disaster Declaration for Minnesota
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN), and Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN-02), Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), Betty McCollum (D-MN-04), Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05), Tom Emmer (R-MN-06), and Pete Stauber (R-MN-08) urged the Trump Administration to approve Minnesota’s request for a major disaster declaration due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The letter, sent to the […]
MN Delegation Requests Revision to Medicaid Proposal
The 10 members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calling on the Administration to revise the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). The letter states that many of the proposed changes could negatively impact Minnesota and the care provided to residents who rely on […]
Pelosi Seeks New Health Worker Protections in Fourth Bill
House Democratic leaders said the next coronavirus-relief measure will carry provisions to bolster the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ability to protect health care workers, after the chamber cleared the largest stimulus plan in the nation’s history. “Workers are risking their lives on the front line of this fight and need […]
Discussion of Fourth Package Begins as House Passes Stimulus
With the House of Representatives passing the Senate-approved $2 trillion Phase III coronavirus measure this afternoon, congressional leaders are already considering a fourth coronavirus relief measure that may include more money for frontline health-care workers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that the next coronavirus bill would “lean toward recovery” and look at […]
Late Wednesday night, the Senate passed a $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package titled the CARES Act. The bill provides additional funds to America’s health systems, a number of financial tools to private businesses, as well as direct financial assistance to most Americans. The House is expected to approve the bill tomorrow (March 27).
Below, find a summary of the two […]
Congress, White House Agree on $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
The Trump Administration struck a deal with Senate Democrats and Republicans on an historic rescue package that tees up more than $2 trillion in spending and tax breaks to bolster the U.S. economy and fund a nationwide effort to stem the coronavirus. “At last we have a deal,” Senate Majority […]
Senate Approves Second Coronavirus Bill
Senators this afternoon voted 90-8 to approve the House’s second coronavirus bill, which provides for free virus testing, requires paid leave from companies with fewer than 500 employees, and bolsters unemployment and food assistance and gives states billions of dollars in aid. President Trump is expected to promptly sign the bill into law.
Senate Looks to Approve Coronavirus Bill This Week
The Senate this week will consider an economic relief plan, backed by President Trump, to deal with the spreading coronavirus. The House-passed package includes free testing for everyone who needs it, and two weeks of paid sick leave to allow people with the virus to stay home from work and avoid […]