Emergency Relief Legislation Shifts Focus From Funding Bills

Transport Topics Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter May 14, 2020 11:30 AM, EDT


Debates on COVID-19-related economic measures, which dominate the agenda on Capitol Hill, are overshadowing must-pass legislation that would keep the government funded through fiscal 2021.

Democrats in the House have outlined guidelines for the consideration of a $3 trillion pandemic relief package May 15. During the pandemic, Congress has advanced to President Donald Trump’s desk about $3 trillion worth of emergency aid.

Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have yet to announce a schedule for considering the funding measures for the federal agencies. One of the bills focuses on operations at the U.S. Department of Transportation...


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