ISSA Advocacy Recap—China’s Economy Gains More MomentumOctober 23, 2020
Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Recap, our regular roundup of the latest public policy issues impacting the cleaning industry. This week’s recap touches on China’s economy gaining steam, the Senate failing to pass another coronavirus relief package, the expansion of disinfectants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “List N,” and more.
China’s Economic Recovery Gains More Momentum
China’s economy is picking up steam as the country continues to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported. The world’s second largest economy expanded 4.9% in the July-to-September quarter compared to a year ago, according to government statistics released this week. The pace was quicker than the 3.2% increase that China recorded in the second quarter when the country managed to avoid the pandemic-fueled recession that has gripped much of the world.
Senate Fails to Pass $500B COVID Relief Package
The U.S. Senate failed to pass a US$500 billion COVID-19 aid package as negotiations continue less than two weeks before Election Day, according to USA Today. The bill would have given a federal boost to weekly unemployment benefits, sent $100 billion to schools, and allocated funding for testing and vaccine development. The vote was 51-44, short of the 60 votes needed to allow the legislation to move forward. Nearly all Democrats opposed the legislation over concerns that more money was necessary to combat the virus and help Americans.
EPA’s List of Approved SARS-CoV-2 Surface Disinfectant Products Surpasses 500
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has now approved more than 500 surface disinfectant products for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. According to the agency, this is “an important milestone for ensuring American businesses, families, schools, and other organizations have as many tools as possible to disinfect surfaces and protect themselves and their families against the novel coronavirus.”
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