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The Weekly Hill Update

Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES The year-end legislative rush begins this week with lawmakers first having to extend government funding beyond the expiration this week of current appropriations. Congress in the next month also … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

By: Adam J. Higgins Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session. HEADLINES Congressional Democrats are braced for “a time of intensity” this week as they hope to keep the government open, approve bipartisan infrastructure legislation, and reach … Continue Reading

Daunting Deadlines: Congress’ To-Do List on Expiring Laws

While Washington is rushing to enact COVID-19 funding before the mid-March expiration of enhanced federal unemployment benefits, lawmakers face a host of upcoming policy deadlines that will require congressional action. House and Senate Democrats hope to address some of these deadlines in the next coronavirus relief bill, but other provisions will be addressed in other … Continue Reading

Reconciliation Primer: Democrats March Toward COVID-19 Relief Bill

The Senate on Friday took the first step toward advancing filibuster-proof legislation that congressional Democrats hope to enact by mid-March that would include $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief and other policy priorities. Democrats are using a procedural tool called reconciliation to advance their COVID-19 package. Here’s an overview of the process and Democrats’ plans. Process … Continue Reading

Congress Targets $2.3 Trillion COVID-19 Relief, Government Funding Package

Congress is scheduled to wrap up legislative business only days before Christmas by voting on a $2.3 trillion package of COVID-19 relief and government spending amid reports that coronavirus infections are spiking nationwide and as the first vaccines are being distributed. The legislation – the product of furious last-minute negotiations that stalled passage for days … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Legislative Response Phase 4

Congress in March approved three separate major bills responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – and work was not even finished on the third and largest bill before lawmakers began considering a possible “Phase 4” of the legislative response. The House and Senate are currently not planning any legislative activity before April 20, unless events dictate … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: Congress’ Risk to Public Companies

Companies large and small are scrambling to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including understanding the emerging economic risks that could affect their profits, their operations and even their very existence. Add another burden to public companies’ growing roster of risks: Congress. As lawmakers and the Trump administration prepare additional legislative responses to the crisis, there … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: $1 Trillion Stimulus Next Up

The Senate is beginning to draft what likely will be the largest emergency relief and fiscal stimulus legislation in the country’s history – more than $1 trillion – to address the mushrooming coronavirus pandemic. The heart of the emerging plan will be as much as $500 billion in rebate checks to individuals and households, likely … Continue Reading