What’s the plan for the Update over the next several days?
We plan to take a break tomorrow (TGIF) and Monday (August 3) and Tuesday (August 4) of next week because the League’s legislative committee (the virtual “Municipal Policy Summit”) takes place on those days. As usual, we will report if something major happens. The Update will be back on Wednesday (August 5) at the latest.
What happened yesterday (July 29) with regard to the U.S. Senate’s proposal for the next stimulus bill?
As we’ve reported, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) released the proposal on July 27. The bill is called the HEALS (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools) Act.
According to a National League of Cities report from yesterday evening (July 29):
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) continues to take heat from the White House and GOP senators following the release of the HEALS Act.
Yesterday, the President twisted the knife into McConnell by calling the bill "sort of semi-irrelevant." Trump added that there are portions of the bill that he does not support.
The issues with the White House and McConnell's team were supposed to be worked out last weekend, when White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin worked with Congressional aides to make sure the bill's roll out would be smooth.
Yesterday, Meadows, before meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D – NY), said, "no deal certainly becomes a greater possibility the longer these negotiations take."
As a side note, we sure do like representing cities…where necessary work actually gets done. We’ll continue to report as information becomes available.
Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?
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