Federal legislation aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 emergency has undergone substantive changes since it was first voted on by the House of Representatives over the weekend.
The House on Monday night passed amendments intended to accommodate small business concerns about the earlier version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). The amendments were much more than technical corrections and altered several key provisions. For details of the changes, see AVMA's dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
It's possible that the legislation will undergo additional changes in the Senate, but the expectation remains that the bill will move through the Senate very quickly.
The AVMA is actively involved in the shaping of this legislation, and we'll continue to provide updates as it moves through the Senate and a final package is delivered to the president. Once finalized, Congress will likely turn its attention to an economic stimulus package.