Legislative Update: Week of September 21, 2020

Sep 21, 2020


The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate returned on Monday for legislative session through Thursday. And on Tuesday, the Problem Solvers Caucus released a $1.5 Trillion Stimulus Deal for a coronavirus relief package. Named the “March to Common Ground,” the framework calls for a second $1,200 stimulus check, plus $500 per child and dependent adults; $450-$600 in weekly unemployment benefits; $500 billion to state and local governments; and $290 billion for Paycheck Protection Program and other small business programs, among many other conditions.

The Trump Administration, on Wednesday, released its strategy to distribute COVID-19 vaccines doses across the country “as quickly and reliably as possible.” In coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control, the plan includes a playbook for state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs and their partners on how to plan and operationalize a vaccination response within their respective jurisdictions. You can download the full strategy, here.


The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate return to session this week.

In Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center hosts a webinar on Tuesday to examine how the budget can help build K-12 education during and after the pandemic. This is the first event in the center’s “Envisioning Equality” webinar series that aims to explore how the state budget can help build economic and racial justice. You can learn more about the event, here.

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