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Coronavirus

Chairman John Yarmuth and House Budget Democrats are working hard to ensure the health and well-being of all Americans is protected and families and workers have the resources they need during this time of economic uncertainty. The Committee will continue to prioritize solutions that protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and safeguard our nation’s economic security. 

House Budget Committee Resources:

Hearings

Machines, Artificial Intelligence, & the Workforce: Recovering & Readying Our Economy for the Future (September 10, 2020)

Software Update Required: COVID-19 Exposes Need for Federal Investments in Technology (July 15, 2020)

Fueling American Innovation and Recovery: The Federal Role in Research and Development (July 8, 2020)

Health and Wealth Inequality in America: How COVID-19 Makes Clear the Need for Change (June 23, 2020)

Addressing the Economic Impacts of COVID-19: Views from Two Former CBO Directors (June 3, 2020)

Reports

Machines, Artificial Intelligence, & the Workforce: Recovering & Readying Our Economy for the Future

Federal IT Investments are Necessary to Deliver Critical Relief and Services to Families

Federal Research and Development Fuels Our Economic Growth, National Capabilities, and Societal Progress

State and Local Governments Are in Dire Need of Federal Relief

Enhanced UI Saves Lives, Livelihoods, and the Economy

Software Update Required: COVID-19 Exposes Need for Federal Investments in Technology

A Turning Point for Our Nation: COVID-19 Exposes Urgent Need for Health Equity & Economic Inclusivity

Fueling American Innovation and Recovery – The Federal Role in Research and Development

Health and Wealth Inequality in America

Targeted Relief to Americans and Businesses Hurting from the COVID-19 Crisis Is Needed Now—Not More Tax Cuts for the Rich

Our COVID-19 Response Must Be Dictated By What America Needs, Not Unfounded Fears About Debt

The Response to COVID-19 Requires a Stronger Federal, State, and Local Partnership

Continuing COVID-19 Relief for Workers and Families

Statements

Chairman Yarmuth Opening Statement at Virtual Hearing on Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on the Workforce & Our Economic Recovery (September 10, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: “Americans can’t afford to wait for decades-old IT systems to reboot” (September 4, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth on August Jobs Report: Additional federal support needed to help millions of Americans still out of work (September 4, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth on White House Effort to Block Funds, Punish States & Cities Amid a Pandemic (September 3, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: Renewed Commitment to Science, Innovation & Inclusion Key to Recovery (August 31, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: “Abandoning state and local governments will delay and endanger our national recovery” (August 19, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: Executive actions endanger American lives & our democracy (August 10, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: July Jobs Report Shows Slowing Economic Recovery, More Investments Needed (August 7, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: “Enhanced Unemployment Insurance remains a vital lifeline for workers and families” (August 4, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: Executive actions endanger American lives & our democracy (August 10, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: July Jobs Report Shows Slowing Economic Recovery, More Investments Needed (August 7, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth: “Enhanced Unemployment Insurance remains a vital lifeline for workers and families” (August 4, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth Opening Statement at Virtual Hearing on COVID-19 & the Need for Federal Investments in Technology (July 15, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth Opening Statement at Virtual Hearing on the Federal Role in Fueling Research and Development (July 8, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth’s Statement on CBO’s Updated Economic Outlook (July 2, 2020)

New Report Highlights Urgent Need for More Fiscal Support as U.S. Continues to Address Economic Impact of COVID-19 (June 30, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth Opening Statement at Virtual Hearing on Health and Wealth Inequality in America: How COVID-19 Makes Clear the Need for Change (June 23, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth Opening Statement at Virtual Hearing on Addressing Economic Impacts of COVID-19 (June 3, 2020)

House Budget Committee Underscores COVID-19 Response Must Focus on Fighting & Recovering from Pandemic (May 1, 2020)

Yarmuth Returns to Washington, Supports Increased Funding for Hospitals, Small Businesses, and National COVID-19 Testing (April 23, 2020)  *Updated to include the response from OMB

House Budget Committee Examines Tying Extension of COVID-19 Relief to Economic Conditions (April 22, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth Seeks White House Commitment that CARES Act Will Be Lawfully Implemented and Deliver Promised Relief to the American People (April 7, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth on Passage of Historic Families & Workers-First Coronavirus Legislation (March 27, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth Statement on Signing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into Law (March 19, 2020)

Chairman Yarmuth Statement on Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 13, 2020)

July Job Losses Due to COVID-19

The Economy Had Nearly 13 Million Fewer Jobs in July Than in February

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Unemployment Rate Remains Higher than Great Recession Peak

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Racial Disparities in Unemployment Persist

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State and Local Governments Employ Nearly 1.2 Million Fewer People Than in February

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Other Resources:

Key Legislation

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (Signed into Law on March 6, 2020)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Signed into Law on March 18, 2020)

The Take Responsibility for Workers & Families Act (House Democrats Proposal Introduced on March 23, 2020)

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Signed into Law on March 27, 2020)

The Heroes Act (House Democrats Proposal Introduced on May 12, 2020)

CBO Reports

H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

H.R. 748, CARES Act, Public Law 116-136

Resources

Information from the Department of Labor (DOL) about Emergency Paid Leave and Ensuring Access to Affordable Health Care

Information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on CARES Act Provider Relief Funding

Information from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 

Information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

The Paycheck Protection Program Health Care Enhancement Act Summary of Health Care Provisions (Prepared by Energy & Commerce)