DNC Delays Convention from July to August

The Democratic National Convention, previously scheduled to take place in Milwaukee July 13-16, will be delayed for a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, it will take place beginning August 17. The Democratic National Convention Committee is still in the process of determining the most appropriate format for the event given the COVID-19 pandemic. The Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place August 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C.

Congressional Buildings Closed to Public Through April

The House and Senate Sergeant at Arms announced that the Capitol Visitor Center and House and Senate office buildings will be closed to the public through May 1. Members, staff, press, and visitors on official business will continue to be allowed access to the Capitol facilities with appropriate social distancing.

Meadows Starts as WH Chief of Staff

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) officially submitted his resignation from Congress last week in order to begin his new job as President Trump’s chief of staff. Meadows was chosen to replace Mick Mulvaney last month but did not immediately resign from Congress.

Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee paper hearing “Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus;” 10:00 a.m., April 9

Recently Introduced Health Legislation

H.Res.913 — Expressing support for frontline workers of the COVID-19 pandemic; Sponsor: Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.6409 — To establish the Emergency Social Insurance Program in the Social Security Administration and Small Business Administration in order to address the injury concerns of certain small businesses and idle workers disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 crisis; Sponsor: Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Small Business

H.R.6410 — To direct the President to use authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to ensure an adequate supply equipment necessary for limiting the spread of COVID-19; Sponsor: Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]; Committees: House - Financial Services

H.R.6411 — To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide notices relating to prescription drug refills to individuals covered under such plans or coverage who reside in emergency areas during emergency periods; Sponsor: Rep. McBath, Lucy [D-GA-6]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor

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