Beltway Buzz, April 24, 2020

Congressional Update. Despite our elected officials being out of town, there was a lot of action coming out of Congress this week.

COVID-19 Policy Update. Set forth below are recent COVID-19-related policy developments.

Voting Record. Due to the social distancing protocols followed by the House of Representatives, the vote on the infusion of stimulus funding mentioned above took 1 hour and 22 minutes. Votes in the House normally take somewhere around 15 to 30 minutes. But even this extended vote time fell well short of the record books. The record for longest recorded vote in the House occurred on November 22, 2003, on the vote to pass the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. The vote began at 3 a.m. that morning and didn’t close until almost 6 a.m.—2 hours and 51 minutes later—when Republicans finally secured the necessary votes to pass the bill by a 220 to 215 vote margin.

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