Senate Leader Mitch McConnell stated Saturday that the Senate is scheduled to vote on a $500 billion covid relief bill on Wednesday, after voting on a standalone piece for additional PPP funds today. The coronavirus would provide funds to expand unemployment benefits, another round of the Paycheck Protection Program, financial aid to schools and funding for testing and tracing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package, moving closer to a deal. Speaker Pelosi expressed some optimism, but said the two sides were still discussing how much money to provide state and local governments, child-care facilities and how to structure a national plan for testing and contact tracing of the virus. She has said today would be the last day a deal could be reached if the bill were to be signed into law before the election, which is in 14 days.

Bills of Interest 

  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a bill to require employee consent for any deferral of payroll taxes. 
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill to provide that all persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and accommodations of financial institutions.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill to provide Coronavirus relief.


At the Agencies

U.S. Department of Labor

The Department of Labor announces the Best Year for Compliance Assistance by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. 


U.S. Trade Representative

The USTR released an update for the United States and Brazil’s Trade and Economic Cooperation with New Protocol on Trade Rules and Transparency.