On Saturday, August 22, the House vote on Democrat sponsored legislation will be take place. The legislation will provide additional funding to the U.S. Postal Service. This legislation is expected to include $25 billion in funding and block operational changes that may affect mail-in voting for the November election.
As conversations surrounding the comprehensive COVID-19 relief package remain stalled, we do not expect leadership to vote on additional economic and relief measures this weekend. The Senate is not expected to return from recess prematurely to address this bill.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform
- On Monday, August 24, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Protecting the Timely Delivery of Mail, Medicine, and Mail-in Ballots.”
At the Agencies
U.S. Department of Labor
- The U.S. Department of Labor released a news release on their acts to help American workers and employers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- The Department of Labor issued additional guidance for states on lost wages assistance program.
- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announced an interim final rule that will improve workers’ ability to measure lifetime benefits payments to determine readiness to retire.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
- The U.S. Department of the Treasury released Treasury International Capital (TIC) data for June 2020.
Small Business Administration
- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal, awarding 26.50 percent or $132.9 billion in federal contract dollars to small businesses, over $12 billion increase from the previous fiscal year.