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May 2020 Monthly Legislative Wrap-Up


May 2020 Legislative Updates

PASSED LEGISLATION

H.R.6168 the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020 increases, effective as of December 1, 2020, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria
Update: Legislation passed the House of Representatives

H.R.6509 the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020 amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain public safety officers who contract COVID-19, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose
Update: Legislation passed the House of Representatives

H.R.7010 the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 amends the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to modify certain provisions related to the forgiveness of loans under the paycheck protection program, to allow recipients of loan forgiveness under the paycheck protection program to defer payroll taxes, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jack Bergman
Update: Legislation passed the House of Representatives

SPONSORED LEGISLATION

H.R.6652 the Flexibility for Localities and Eligibility Expansion Act of 2020 amends title VI of the Social Security Act to expand the permissible use of funds under the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Salud Carbajal, Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Elaine Luria, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, and Rep. Mikie Sherrill

H.R.6667 the End Military-Connected Child Abuse and Neglect Act improves the ability of the Department of Defense to effectively prevent, track, and respond to military-connected child abuse.
Sponsored by Rep. Gil Cisneros
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Brian Mast

H.R.6822 amends 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, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Seth Moulton,Rep. Jimmy Panetta, and Rep. Michael Waltz

H.R.6872 directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide funding for State strike teams for resident and employee safety in skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities.
Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jason Crow

H.R.6922 requires the Corps of Engineers to expedite review of applications for certain flood control projects near military installations, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.6923 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the health care professionals, first responders, scientists, researchers, all essential workers, and individuals who provided care and services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman

H.R.6932 directs the Secretary of Defense to phase-in zero-emission non-tactical vehicles and reduce the petroleum consumption of the Department of Defense Federal fleet, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.6954 amends title VI of the Social Security Act to establish a Coronavirus Local Community Stabilization Fund.
Sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill

H.R.6957 directs the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs to treat a period of full-time National Guard duty, performed in response to the national emergency declared on March 13, 2020, by the President with respect to COVID-19, as not shorter than 90 days.
Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Conor Lamb, and Rep. Mikie Sherrill

H.R.6966 directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the Biodefense Steering Committee, to clarify the national biodefense strategy and associated implementation plan, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Jason Crow

H.R.6981 extends the covered period for loan forgiveness and the rehiring period under the CARES Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Conor Lamb

H.R.7016 waives the 60-day rule in case of rollover of otherwise required minimum distributions in 2020.
Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast

CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION

H.R.6661 the PROMOTES Act of 2020 directs the Secretary of Defense to carry out a grant program to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Michael Waltz

H.R.6671 the Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 amends title 23, United States Code, to aid States in the deployment of fueling infrastructure to increase the use of higher blends of biofuels, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.6697 the Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act of 2020 amends the Small Business Act to expand the Paycheck Protection Program for certain organizations, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Gil Cisneros and Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.6699 the Opportunities for Heroes Act of 2020 establishes a commission to determine essential employment during the COVID-19 crisis period and provide loan repayment and education credit to workers employed in such essential employment during such crisis, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan

H.R.6700 the FEED Act authorizes the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve State, local, and Indian tribal government plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, to waive certain matching fund requirements, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Salud Carbajal and Rep. Jimmy Panetta

H.R.6749 the American Opportunity Student Tax Relief Act of 2020 amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jimmy Panetta

H.R. 6766 temporarily modifies the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.6767 amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for an extension of lease protections for servicemembers under stop movement orders in response to a local, national, or global emergency.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Elaine Luria, and Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.6788 the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act enhances our Nation’s nurse and physician workforce during the COVID-19 crisis by recapturing unused immigrant visas.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.6797 the CHIPPER Act increases support for State Children’s Health Insurance programs during the COVID-19 emergency, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, Rep. Conor Lamb, and Rep. Elaine Luria

H.R.6799 the Keeping the Lights On Act of 2020 provides a payroll credit for certain fixed expenses of employers subject to closure by reason of COVID-19.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jimmy Panetta

H.R.6848 temporarily preserves eligibility for foster care benefits, and suspends certain education and work requirements, for youth who would otherwise age out of eligibility for the benefits during a health emergency or disaster declared with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.6853 mobilizes individuals in the United States in the fight against coronavirus by expanding volunteer opportunities in AmeriCorps, expanding employment opportunities at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and utilizing the expertise of Peace Corps volunteer leaders whose service ended on March 15, 2020, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jason Crow

H.R.6896 prohibits certain individuals from downloading or using TikTok on any device issued by the United States or a government corporation.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.6917 prohibits funds made available under the airport improvement program from being provided to entities that have violated the intellectual property rights of United States entities and therefore pose a threat to national security, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Michael Waltz

H.R.6918 directs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a grant program for employers adversely affected by COVID-19, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Mikie Sherrill

H.R.6933 amends title 38, United States Code, to improve and to expand eligibility for dependency and indemnity compensation paid to certain survivors of certain veterans.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.6964 establishes a lower Missouri River flood prevention program, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.6968 amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants to carry out a food service delivery pilot program for children during the non-school summer months, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jason Crow and Rep. Adam Kinzinger

H.R.6978 establishes a new Directorate for Technology in the redesignated National Science and Technology Foundation,establishes a regional technology hub program, requires a strategy and report on economic security, science, research, and innovation, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Mike Gallagher

H.R.6979 amends the Public Health Service Act to designate certain medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs as health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Mike Gallagher

H.R.7023 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to implement a program that provides financial assistance to sports facilities, museums, and community theaters, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose

H.R.7042 amends title IV of the Social Security Act to expand foster parent training and authorize new appropriations to support the obtainment of a driver’s license.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon