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June 2020 Washington Letter


This Month's Articles

Federal Government

Federal Judiciary Needs Additional Resources

Earlier this month, the ABA expressed support for the Federal Judiciary's emergency supplemental funding request for $25 million and for conversion of temporary judgeships to permanent status. The ABA urged Congress to take prompt action on these requests to ensure that the courts have adequate resources to provide timely and impartial justice so that individuals and businesses can get back on solid ground and contribute to the restoration of the economy.

Federal Government

The Impact of COVID-19 on Federal Elections

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising sharply, more states are starting to look at mail-in and absentee voting as a safe way for eligible voters to cast their ballots in November. This is an understandable alternative as in person voting could force people to be in close proximity to each other during a time of social distancing. However, there is much debate around the security of voting by mail, with some saying that mail in ballots could make the election process susceptible to fraud.

Federal Government

Legislative Deadlines in Congress

With a full schedule for 2020, Congress had to pause its intended calendar to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest that has necessitated systematic changes across the country. That does not mean that legislative deadlines for important bills involving annual appropriations, national defense authorization, and health care extenders have gone away, so we expect a very busy few months leading up to the end of this legislative session.


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