*** On Monday, a group of organizations led by Demand Progress and the Niskanen Center joined on letters to the leaders of the Senate and the leaders of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration urging the adoption of new rules to permit lawmakers to carry out official responsibilities virtually, including voting on legislation and conducting hearings. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are sponsoring a resolution to provide for the Senate to certify and adopt technology to support remote voting and other virtual operations in the event on an emergency. The House of Representatives adopted rules last May as the pandemic ranged to permit remote hearings and other virtual operations.
***The IRS launched a new online tool to support families that don't file income tax returns to register for and obtain advanced child tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan. The new Non-filer Sign Up Tool is aimed at users who didn't file tax returns for 2019 and 2020, and who weren't users of the IRS Non-Filers tool used to register for Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.
*** The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will vote Wednesday on the nominations of Robin Carnahan to be administrator of the General Services Administration; Jen Easterly to lead CISA and Chris Inglis to serve as national cyber director.
Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 2:34 AM