On Monday, Capitol Hill said goodbye to the Honorable John Lewis (D-Ga.). The late Congressman was lain in state under the Capitol Rotunda — the first Black member with that honor — as hundreds of his colleagues paid respects.
On the small business front, Senator Rubio and Senator Collins announced the Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act. Please find the section by section and one-pager on the legislation for your reference. This provision is part of the overall Senate GOP $1 trillion package released yesterday. The Senate package would include another round of $1,200 in direct payments, more than $100 billion for reopening schools and colleges, flexibility for state and local aid, a reduction to $200/week for 60 days for a federal unemployment benefit, liability protections for reopening businesses, and additional money for testing and vaccines.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing with big tech firms. The chiefs of Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are expected to testify about allegations of harming consumers by unfairly stifling the competition. The House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will also hold a hearing entitled “Kick Starting Entrepreneurship and Main Street Economic Recovery.”
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Today, Wednesday, July 29th, at 10:00 AM, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Improving Access to Care: Legislation to Reauthorize Key Public Health Programs.”
House Committee on Small Business
- Today, Wednesday, July 29th, at 10:00 AM, the Committee held a hearing titled “Kick Starting Entrepreneurship and Main Street Economic Recovery.”
House Committee on Financial Services
- On Thursday, July 30th, at 12:30 PM, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Protecting Consumers During the Pandemic? An Examination of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Today, Wednesday, July 29th, at 9:30 AM, the Committee held a hearing titled “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.”
BILLS OF INTEREST
- Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3) introduced HR 7796 to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to restrict collections of consumer debt during a national disaster or emergency.
- Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced S 4332 to provide for the use of additional funds for transportation projects that were affected by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced S 4321 to establish the Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loan and amend 7(a) loan guaranty program for recovery sector business concerns.
- Sen. Shelby Richard (R-AL) introduced S 4320, the Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.
- Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced S 4319, the Supporting America’s Restaurant Workers Act.
- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S 4318, the American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act.
- Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced S 4317, the SAFE TO WORK Act.