In the May 12 edition of the POLITICO Influence — a leading government relations beat in Washington, D.C. — TRP’s newest memo outlining the next few months of Congressional activity in the era of COVID-19 was highlighted as the lead story. The memo contains a short- and long-term outlook for activity on Capitol Hill during the pandemic, including additional pandemic response legislation, fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), among other things. You can read this memo in its entirety here.
The citation in its entirety can be read below.
HOW K STREET SEES THE NEXT RELIEF BILL: Thorn Run Partners sent a memo to clients this morning outlining what to expect during what the firm called the “Summer of COVID-19.” (We’ve come a long way since the Summer of Love.) The upshot: Congress will have a lot on its plate this summer in addition to dealing with the coronavirus. Lawmakers will need to find time to shore up the Highway Trust Fund, reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, pass the National Defense Authorization Act and move a series of appropriations bills (or just pass a continuing resolution) by Sept. 30.
— “Action on the next round of COVID-19 legislation could slip into late May or early June should lawmakers need more time to clinch a broader agreement,” the firm writes. “Given the wide array of disagreements on both the size and scope of the package, lawmakers could instead focus on smaller, less controversial policy items that enjoy bipartisan support such as additional supplemental appropriations, funding for the PPP, and addressing existing and emerging health care provider and program needs.”