COVID-19: Public Policy Group Report - 27 May 2020

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    A tacit consensus seems to be emerging in Washington, DC that another major federal COVID-19 relief package will be enacted this summer, but not negotiated until some time in mid-to-late June, as deadlines for the expiration of key CARES Act relief programs begin to loom. Republicans are testing the viability of economic measures that could be featured in the forthcoming legislation, including a “back-to-work” bonus championed by US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Democrats in the US House of Representatives, who passed a US$3 trillion coronavirus response bill through their chamber weeks ago on a party-line vote, may turn their attention soon to advancing additional proposals –including a national infrastructure overhaul – that could become factors in the upcoming negotiations as well.