Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins
Congress’s Compromise Clues? There was lots of scuttlebutt in Washington, D.C., this week about a subsequent stimulus package, but nothing to show for it. Senate Republicans are reportedly poised to introduce a new scaled-back version of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act that they dropped in July, while the U.S. House of Representatives will convene this weekend to vote on a U.S. Postal Service relief bill. Could the Postal Service situation or the September 30 federal government-funding deadline be catalysts to a pandemic relief package? We’ll have to wait and see.
Lost Wages Assistance Program Begins. While Congress hems and haws over the next stimulus package, President Donald Trump’s memorandum establishing a lost wages assistance program is up and running and states are already applying for aid. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the emergency funds to qualifying states, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah have been approved for assistance.
EEOC Conciliation Proposal Advances. After a public meeting held on August 18, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted to send a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. After the OMB completes its review, the NPRM will be made available to the public for comment. According to the EEOC, in the NPRM, “the Commission outlines its responsibilities in the conciliation process to fulfill its Congressional mandate and to increase the effectiveness of its efforts to achieve cooperation and voluntary compliance.” The EEOC said the proposal would “create accountability and transparency in the conciliation process.” EEOC Commissioner Charlotte Burrows voted against advancing the proposal.