ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap— Trump Signs $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Package

March 6, 2020 ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap— Trump Signs $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Package

Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap, our regular roundup of the latest public policy issues impacting the cleaning industry. This week’s recap touches on U.S. President Donald Trump signing an US$8.3 billion coronavirus package, the U.S. Supreme Court taking up a Democratic bid to defend the Affordable Care Act, a New York meeting on ingredient communication rules, and more.

Trump Signs $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Package
President Trump signed a bill providing $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, and local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions. The measure includes $2.2 billion for health agencies to prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus in the United States, as well as more than $3 billion for vaccine research.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Democratic Bid to Defend Obamacare
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a politically explosive case on whether the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is lawful, taking up a bid by 20 Democratic-led states including California and New York to preserve the landmark healthcare law. The impetus for the Supreme Court case was a 2018 ruling by a federal judge in Texas that Obamacare, as currently structured because of a key Republican-backed change made by Congress, violates the U.S. Constitution and is invalid in its entirety. The ruling came in a legal challenge to the law by Texas and 17 other conservative states backed by President Trump’s administration.

New York Holds Meeting on Ingredient Communication Rules
On February 24, the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation hosted a public meeting concerning its renewed efforts to establish ingredient disclosure requirements for commercial and household cleaning products. NYS is restarting the regulatory process for the purpose of establishing regulations that ultimately will require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients in cleaning products sold in the state. NYS originally issued a final rule on June 6, 2018, requiring ingredient disclosure beginning January 1, 2020. However, the NYS Supreme Court deemed the rule invalid on August 27, 2019, as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Household & Commercial Products Association and the American Cleaning Institute. 

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