5/3 Weekly Legislative Update


H.Res. 935: Establishing a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Agreed to in House (no individual votes recorded)

H.R. 6322: Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020
Passed House with no objection (no individual votes recorded)
Passed Senate with unanimous consent (no individual votes recorded)
Signed into law by President Trump on April 28, 2020


Introduced in the House on April 23 as bill number H.R. 6602, by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR3), Emergency Cannabis Small Business Health and Safety Act would let marijuana businesses receive government loans issued during covid-19 pandemic. Supporters say this legislation would allow assistance extended to every other small business to apply to the cannabis industry as well. Opponents say the cannabis industry needs no such support. The bill has attracted 16 bipartisan cosponsors: 15 Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Don Young (R-AK0). It awaits a potential vote in the House Small Business Committee.

In the continental US, there can be no cap on Medicaid funding for states. A new bill would apply the same rules to US territories ( Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa). It was introduced in the House on April 14 as bill number H.R. 6495, by Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-MP0), who represents the U.S. territory Northern Mariana Islands in a limited-voting capacity. Supporters say this is necessary and only fair, and while there seems to be no explicit opposition the bill has attracted only one Republican co-sponsor; Rep. Aumua Amata of American Samoa, which limits its odds of passage. It awaits a potential vote House Energy & Commerce Committee.