This Week in Congress

Date: May 12, 2020

The Senate is in session this week. Members of the House could return to Washington later this week, depending on the status of votes on the next coronavirus relief package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) have yet to announce an exact date that House members will meet, but they have promised Members of Congress a 72-hour notice before a vote would occur to allow travel time. Additionally, there will likely be a vote on changing the House rules to let members cast proxy votes for absent colleagues as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold a hearing on “Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School” as Covid-19-related shutdowns are lifted. Witnesses include National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, MD; CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD; FDA Administrator Stephen Hahn, MD; and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Adm. Brett Giroir, MD.

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