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Bill Introductions Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday May 17, 2020 ( 33 items )  

Rep. Adams Introduces Bill to Provide Reimbursements for Emergency Operational Costs of School Food Authorities
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-N.C., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6801) to "provide reimbursements for the emergency operational costs of school food authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 20 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Robert C. Scott, D-Va., Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, James McGovern, D-Mass., Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., Nanette D. Barragan, D-Calif., Debbie Dingell,   more

Rep. Clay Introduces Bill to Provide Foreclosure Moratoriums for Mortgage Loans
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Rep. William Clay Jr., D-Mo.has introduced legislation (H.R. 6741) to amend the CARES Act "to provide forbearance and foreclosure moratoriums for all mortgage loans." The bill was introduced on May 8 and has 24 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Al Lawson, D-Fla., Al Green, D-Texas, Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., Adam Smith, D-Wash., Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Anthony G. Brown, D-Md., Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., Al  more

Rep. Clyburn Introduces Bill to Expand Vote by Mail, Early Voting
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6807) to "expand vote by mail and early voting, and to improve the safety, accessibility, and efficiency of in-person voting during elections for Federal office." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 54 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Alma S. Adams, D-N.C., Karen Bass, D-Calif., Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., Andre Carson, D-Ind., David N. Cicilline, D-R.I.  more

Rep. Fudge Introduces Bill on Additional Agricultural Products for Distribution by Emergency Feeding Organizations
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation (H.R. 6757) to "provide additional agricultural products for distribution by emergency feeding organizations during the COVID-19 public health emergency." The bill was introduced on May 8 and has 54 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Jim Costa, D-Calif., Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, Karen Bass, D-Calif., Ami Bera, D-Calif., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Salud O. Carbajal, D-Calif  more

Rep. Heck Introduces Bill on Emergency Rental Assistance Under Emergency Solutions Grants Program
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6820) to "provide emergency rental assistance under the Emergency Solutions Grants program of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in response to the public health emergency resulting from the coronavirus." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 136 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., Kim Schrier, D-Wash., Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., Scott Peters, D-Cali  more

Rep. Houlahan Introduces Bill to Establish Public Health Service Program to Respond to Public Health Emergencies
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6822) to amend the National and Community Service Act of 1990 "to establish a national public health service program to respond to public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 23 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Ami Bera, D-Calif., Bill Foster, D-Ill., Michael Waltz, R-Fla., Kim Schrier, D-Wash., Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., John B. Larson, D-Conn., Se  more

Rep. Lowey Introduces Bill on Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6800) "making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 11 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., Robert C. Scott, D-Va., Mark Takano, D-Calif., Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Rau  more

Rep. McGovern Introduces Bill to Assess Effects of Hospital Providing Medically Tailored Home-Delivered Meals
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6774) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a demonstration program to assess the effects of a hospital providing to qualified individuals medically tailored home-delivered meals." The bill was introduced on May 8 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and Roger W. Marshall, R-Kan. It was jointl  more

Rep. Meeks Introduces Bill to Protect Stimulus Checks From Garnishment, Fees
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6850) to "protect stimulus checks from garnishment and fees and from being used as an offset by a credit union or depository institution." The bill was introduced on May 13 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif. It was jointly referred to the House Ways and Means and Financial Services committees. For more information, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, 2310 Rayburn House Off  more

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Introduces Bill on Financial Assistance for Funeral Expenses Related to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6828) to "direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a fund to provide financial assistance for funeral expenses related to a deceased individual who died of COVID-19." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 13 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Jahana Hayes, D-Conn  more

Rep. Phillips Introduces Bill to Provide Peace Corps Volunteers With Health Insurance
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6833) to "provide Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees whose service was terminated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with health insurance, an expedited redeployment process, and domestic service opportunities." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 11 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, Betty McCollum, D-Minn., John Garamendi, D-Calif., Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., Ed Case, D-Hawaii, A  more

Rep. Trahan Introduces Bill to Restore Domestic Industrial Base Capabilities Essential for Pandemic Preparedness
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6793) to "authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities essential for pandemic preparedness." The bill was introduced on May 8 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., and Tom Malinowski, D-N.J. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. Lori Trahan, 1616 Longworth H  more

Rep. Vargas Introduces Bill to Enhance Authorities to Respond to COVID-19 Emergency
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Juan C. Vargas, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6858) to "enhance authorities under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, to provide additional oversight of such authorities, and to require a strategy on securing supply chains for medical materials." The bill was introduced on May 13 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Jason Crow, D-Colo., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Lori Trahan, D-Mass., and Elissa Slotkin, D-Mic  more

Rep. Wilson Introduces Bill to Defer Removal of Nationals of Haiti During Covid-19 Emergency Period
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6798) to "defer removal of nationals of Haiti during the COVID-19 emergency period." The bill was introduced on May 8 and has 20 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., Albio Sires, D-N.J., Karen Bass, D-Calif., Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Andy Levin, D-Mich., James McGo  more

Sen. Baldwin Introduces Bill to Promulgate Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Employees
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has introduced legislation (S. 3677) to "require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate an emergency temporary standard to protect employees from occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2." The bill was introduced on May 11 and has 32 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Kama  more

Sen. Bennet Introduces Bill to Provide for E-Rate Support for Wi-Fi Hotspots
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., has introduced legislation (S. 3690) to "provide for E-Rate support for Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and connected devices during emergency periods relating to COVID-19." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 45 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Margaret Wood Hassan, D-N.H., Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Doug Jon  more

Sen. Blumenthal Introduces Bill on Cash Refunds for Canceled Airline Flights, Tickets
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has introduced legislation (S. 3727) to "provide for cash refunds for canceled airline flights and tickets during the COVID-19 emergency." The bill was introduced on May 13 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., and Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more infor  more

Sen. Blumenthal Introduces Bill to Ensure That All Firearms Are Traceable
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has introduced legislation (S. 3743) to amend chapter 44 of title 18, U.S. Code, "to ensure that all firearms are traceable." The bill was introduced on May 14 and has 14 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Christopher S. Murphy  more

Sen. Blumenthal Introduces Bill to Require Joint Task Force on Operation of Air Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has introduced legislation (S. 3681) to "require a joint task force on the operation of air travel during and after COVID-19 pandemic." The bill was introduced on May 11 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Richard Blumenthal at 706 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510;   more

Sen. Brown Introduces Bill on Emergency Rental Assistance
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation (S. 3685) to "provide emergency rental assistance under the Emergency Solutions Grants program of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in response to the public health emergency resulting from the coronavirus." The bill was introduced on May 12 and has 29 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Elizabet  more

Sen. Cardin Introduces Bill on Premium Tax Credit, Cost-Sharing Subsidies
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., has introduced legislation (S. 3696) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 "to disregard additional unemployment compensation for purposes of premium tax credit and cost-sharing subsidies." The bill was introduced on May 12 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more inf  more

Sen. Casey Introduces Bill to Assist Older Americans, People With Disabilities Affected by COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., has introduced legislation (S. 3740) to assist older Americans and people with disabilities affected by COVID-19. The bill was introduced on May 14 and has nine co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Doug Jones, D-Ala., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. The legislation was ref  more

Sen. Cornyn Introduces Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal to U.S. Army Dust Off Crews of Vietnam War
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 3748) to "award a Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Army Dust Off crews of the Vietnam War, collectively, in recognition of their extraordinary heroism and life-saving actions in Vietnam." The bill was introduced on May 14 and has 12 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Christopher Coons, D-Del., Thom Tillis, R-N  more

Sen. Duckworth Introduces Bill to Appropriate Additional Amounts to Provide Loans Under Paycheck Protection Program
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., has introduced legislation (S. 3702) to "appropriate additional amounts to provide loans under the paycheck protection program to community development financial institutions and minority depository institutions." The bill was introduced on May 12 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. It was referred to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. For more information, Sen. Tammy Duc  more

Sen. Durbin Introduces Bill to Provide Relief to Borrowers of Student Loans
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., has introduced legislation (S. 3745) to "direct the Secretary of Education to provide relief to borrowers of student loans for whom the Department of Education found misrepresentation by the institution of higher education or a State attorney general has asserted a right to borrower defense discharge." The bill was introduced on May 14 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. It was referred to the S  more

Sen. Gillibrand Introduces Bill to Ensure Continued U.S. Leadership in Engineering Biology
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (S. 3734) to "provide for a coordinated Federal research initiative to ensure continued U.S. leadership in engineering biology." The bill was introduced on May 14 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 478 Russell Senate Offi  more

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill on Establishment of COVID-19 Racial & Ethnic Disparities Task Force
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (S. 3721) to "provide for the establishment of a COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force to gather data about disproportionately affected communities and provide recommendations to combat the racial and ethnic disparities in the COVID-19 response." The bill was introduced on May 13 and has 18 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., B  more

Sen. Klobuchar Introduces Bill to Meet Increasing Demand in Community Needs Caused by Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has introduced legislation (S. 3747) to "help charitable nonprofit organizations provide services to meet the increasing demand in community needs caused by the coronavirus pandemic, preserve and create jobs in the nonprofit sector, reduce unemployment, and promote economic recovery." The bill was introduced on May 14 and has nine co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Thomas R.   more

Sen. Rubio Introduces Bill to Condemn Human Rights Violations of Ethnic Turkic Muslims in China
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (S. 3744) to "condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China." The bill was introduced on May 14 and has 66 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., James Risch, R-Idaho, Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Richard Blumenthal,   more

Sen. Schatz Introduces Bill to Expand Compassionate Release Authority for Offenders With Heightened Coronavirus Risk
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, has introduced legislation (S. 3698) to "expand compassionate release authority and elderly home confinement access for offenders with heightened coronavirus risk." The bill was introduced on May 12 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information, Sen. Brian Schatz, 722 Hart Senate Office  more

Sen. Shaheen Introduces Bill to Modify Accelerated, Advance Payment Programs Under Medicare
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has introduced legislation (S. 3750) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to modify the accelerated and advance payment programs under parts A and B of the Medicare program during the COVID- 19 emergency." The bill was introduced on May 14 and has 14 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Margaret Wood Hassan, D-N.H., Doug Jones, D-Ala., Jack Reed, D-R.I.,  more

Sen. Smith Introduces Bill on Coverage for Services Furnished Via Telehealth
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., has introduced legislation (S. 3741) to "require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide coverage for services furnished via telehealth if such services would be covered if furnished in-person during the COVID-19 emergency." The bill was introduced on May 14 and has eight co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., Robert Casey Jr  more

Sen. Smith Introduces Bill to Provide Updated Information About COVID-19 Testing to Public
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., has introduced legislation (S. 3738) to "require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide updated information about COVID-19 testing to the public." The bill was introduced on May 14 and has 11 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Gary Peters, D-Mich., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif.  more