COVID-19 Stimulus Tracker and Analysis

Rolling Analysis, Deep DiveCOVID-19 Stimulus Tracker and Analysis

Budget & Tax,  | Analysis
Sep 22, 2020  | 20 min read | Print Article

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has moved fast, growing into both a health and economic crisis in the U.S. Amid calls for stimulus packages, bailouts, and legislation, where is the money going? TCS has seen this movie before — just after 9/11, during the 2008 financial crisis, in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, and in the 2017 hurricane season after Maria, Harvey, Irma and more. We’re building a tracker (see the first drop down menu below) and following the money. Follow along.

There are two ways to follow along – a hyperlinked timeline, or a reverse chronological blog feed with most recent content first. Scroll down for both.

Wondering which industries are asking for what from the federal government because of  COVID-19? We have a tracker.

July 28, 2020 – The HEALS (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools) Act

Senate Republicans broke their package into several different bills drafted by respective committees. Here are the applicable sections.

May 12, 2020 – House Democrats Draft Text of ‘‘Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act’’ or the ‘‘HEROES Act’’ (CV4) (1PM May 12)

April 21, 2020 – Text of CV 3.5 (4PM April 21)

March 27, 2020 – CARES Act (P.L. 116-136)

March 18, 2020 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127)

March 6, 2020 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123)


September 22, 2020

Letter to the Hill: Fiscal Groups write, Don’t Threaten a Government Shutdown for More Farm Subsidies

September 18, 2020

In The News – Progressive Farmer: Groups Praise New Aid Package, But Some Also Seek More

September 10, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: Enough Head Feints – Pass Responsible Pandemic Relief

In The News – FactCheck: Mnuchin Spins Pre-COVID Path to Debt Reduction

In The News – New York Times: Taxpayer, Conservation Groups Pressure U.S. to Halt Drilling Auctions

September 4, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: This Labor Day, Thank A Working Farmer

September 3, 2020

Analysis: USDA – Farm Subsidies at Highest Level in 20 Years

August 28, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: A Shield For Negligent Business

August 27, 2020

In The News – WLS-AM 890: Bailing out businesses will shift burden onto tax payers
In The News – Open The Government: Q & A with an accountability expert

August 25, 2020

In The News – Washington Examiner: ‘More outrageous than usual’: Pet projects hidden in plain sight in coronavirus bills

August 21, 2020

Op-Ed – Roll Call: Blanket COVID-19 liability shield will cost taxpayers

Weekly Wastebasket: How Resilient Does The Industrial Base Need To Be? 

August 18, 2020

Quick Take: USDA Opening the Treasury to Millionaire “Farmers”

August 17, 2020

In The News – Politico: Democrats fight to give ‘severely underfunded’ business rescue new life

August 14, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: Optics Don’t Equal COVID-19 Assistance

August 10, 2020

In The News – Yahoo Finance/On The Move: Coronavirus relief will only work with ‘actual legislation’: Taxpayers for Common Sense President

August 7, 2020

Wastebasket: It’s Past Time To Get It Done

August 5, 2020

In The News – Bloomberg Government: Air Force Scores Jets on Wish List as Senate Spars Over Food Aid

August 3, 2020

In The News – Minnesota Star Tribune: Sen. Tina Smith attacks challenger Jason Lewis over 1998 stance on farm subsidies

July 30, 2020

Wastebasket: Heels of the HEALS Act

July 29, 2020

Analysis: Taxpayers Avoid Huge Losses from Federal Coal Royalty Relief

Analysis: To the Moon, Alice! 

Analysis: Inspectors General Not Getting A Lot of Love

Quick Take: No strings attached aid for agriculture

July 28, 2020

Analysis – HEALS Act: How Much for the Pentagon? 

Analysis – HEALS Act: Mysterious New “Resiliency Funds” for the Industrial Base

Analysis – HEALS Act: Remember, Defense Contractors are “Essential”

Analysis – HEALS Act: Ships and aircraft and missile defense, oh my!

July 24, 2020

In The News: Also getting PPP loans: Businesses where sales have boomed

July 21, 2020

In The News – Politico: Fraud concerns loom over move to forgive small business loans

July 20, 2020

Documents: The Third Report of the Congressional Oversight Commission

In The News – Wall Street Journal: Some Companies Got Both Government Contracts and PPP Loans

July 19, 2020

In The News – The Week: At least 68 Florida construction companies with government contracts received PPP loans

July 17, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: The Cross-Country TCS Road Trip

In The News – ESPN: Some, not all, coaches share colleges’ burden amid coronavirus pandemic

July 15, 2020

Quick Take: Update on the USDA’s COVID-19 Response

In The News – Politifact: Trump, lawmakers have consistently sidestepped the defense sequester

July 12, 2020

In The News – Pantagraph: More than 250 Bloomington-Normal businesses receive COVID aid

In The News – The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Republicans slam the Ohio Democratic Party for getting federal Paycheck Protection Program loan

July 10, 2020

In The News – The Chicago Tribune: PPP loans were meant to help small businesses save jobs amid the pandemic. So why does official data show thousands of recipients retained zero jobs?

July 9, 2020

Statement: TCS’ Statement on the Paycheck Protection Program

Weekly Wastebasket: Lawmakers Are Behind On Budget

Letter: Right-To-Know in NDAA

July 8, 2020

In The News – The Wall Street Journal: The Media’s PPP Potshots

In The News – The Fiscal Times: Who Got Big Bucks Through Small Business Rescue Program?

In The News – Spectrum News: Watchdog Groups Call for More Transparency on Coronavirus Relief

In The News – Washington Times: Politicians and pole dancers: Employers flock to coronavirus loans

In The News – BBC: Coronavirus: Moguls and lobbyists get millions in government aid

In The News – Washington Post: After railing against federal spending, GOP lawmakers, conservative groups benefit from government aid program

July 7, 2020

In The News – Politifact: Pelosi compares cost of state and local aid from coronavirus relief bill to 2017 tax cuts

In The News – Washington Post: Treasury, SBA data show small-business loans went to private-equity backed chains, members of Congress

In The News – Washington Examiner: Agriculture support should be temporary and targeted, just like all other federal coronavirus aid

July 6, 2020

Letter: State Aid Principles Coalition Letter

July 2, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: A Pandemic Fourth

June 29, 2020

Analysis: Fact Sheet – CCC Charter Act, A Case In Congressional Abdication

In The News – MarketWatch: Pressure builds on Senate Republicans to move in direction of $3 trillion coronavirus relief measure favored by Democrats

June 25, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: The Camel and the Ag Pandemic Tent

Common Sense Conversations – June 2020

June 18, 2020

Documents: The Second Report of the Congressional Oversight Commission

June 16, 2020

Analysis: Planting Permanent Subsidies in Response to COVID-19

In The News – The Savannah Morning News: Hurricane season is upon us, and we must prepare now

June 13, 2020

In The News – Heather Cox Richardson/Moyers on Democracy: Can the Republicans Get Their Act Together?

June 12, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: Hurricane Season Arrives Amid Pandemic

June 11, 2020

In The News – Washington Post: Trump Administration won’t say who got $511 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus loans

June 10, 2020

In The News – Roll Call: Outside groups press Risch to livestream Foreign Relations proceedings

June 9, 2020

Analysis: Primer on Inspectors General

June 5, 2020

Analysis: Delaying Oil and Gas Leasing is a Win for Taxpayers 

June 4, 2020

In The News – Washington Post: Pentagon’s coronavirus plan includes millions for missile tubes and body armor

May 28, 2020

Analysis: Agricultural Conservation and COVID-19 Assistance

May 26, 2020

In The News – Houston Chronicle: With national debt nearing record, Texas conservatives push back on stimulus

May 22, 2020

In The News – Wyoming Public Radio: Requests for Oil and Gas Relief are Growing in Wyoming

May 21, 2020

In The News – Politico: Trump Administration Cuts Royalty Payments for Oil Companies

Weekly Wastebasket: Memorializing the Death of Checks and Balances

Analysis: No Relief for Taxpayers – BLM Fast-Tracking Royalty Giveaways

May 20, 2020

In The News – E&E: BLM Flooded With Royalty Relief Requests

In The News – NBC Investigations: The Government Has Earmarked Billions to Help Farmers. There Will be Winners and Losers.

May 19, 2020

Quick Take: Common Sense Conversations – COVID-19, IGs, Oversight, and more

May 18, 2020

Documents: The First Report of the Congressional Oversight Commission – Questions About the CARES Act’s $500 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Funds

Analysis: USDA and the CARES Act

Analysis: HEROES Act Directs More Payments for Agriculture

May 15, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: The HEROES Act Tries to Spend Our Way Out of this Pandemic

Analysis: Federal Taxpayer Costs of COVID-19 Response

May 13, 2020

Analysis: Division E – Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers

Analysis: Division H – Veterans and Servicemembers Provisions

May 12, 2020

Analysis: The HEROES Act – At Least $1.5 Trillion in Emergency Spending

Analysis: The HEROES Act – Accountability and Government Operations

May 8, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: COVID-19 Response Dollars – Apple Of Their Eye

May 1, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: Congress Matters – How did we get to the point where people need to be reminded of that?

April 30, 2020

Letter: Urging Responsible Fiscal Discipline

April 23, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: More COVID-19 Funding, Won’t be the Last

April 21, 2020

Letter: Call for Transparency, Accountability, Good Government

April 17, 2020

Analysis: Big Ag and the CARES Act

April 15, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: Doublespeak on the Big Oil Deal

April 14, 2020

Analysis: JCT’s Estimate on Revenue Effects of CARES Act

April 9, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: Protect the Inspectors General from Politics, Because #OversightMatters

In The News – Bloomberg Government: Rush to Pass Virus Aid Bolsters Clout of Capitol Hill Leadership

April 8, 2020

In The News – Carolina Journal: N.C. hospitals, medical practices could get several billion from CARES Act

April 6, 2020

In The News – Washington Post: Private equity angles for piece of stimulus windfall

Analysis: Dollar Figures from CARES For Various Agencies

Joint Letter: Common Sense Principles for COVID-19 Response

April 3, 2020

Weekly Wastebasket: Today’s Pandemic Response, Tomorrow’s Crony Capitalism?

In The News – USA Today: Why Boeing might not need a bailout despite coronavirus, 737 Max crises

April 1, 2020

In The News – Politifact: Are states in a bidding war over medical gear with the feds? 

March 31, 2020

In The News – The Hill: Democrats, Trump set to battle over implementing $2T relief bill

In The News – Bloomberg Law: Defense workers pressured to defy virus and keep making weapons

March 30, 2020

In The News – Washington Journal/CSPAN: Stephen Ellis on Coronavirus Aid Legislation

In The News – Fortune: Stimulus funnels billions to health care for spending unrelated to COVID-19

In The News – WJLA/ABC: Major cruise companies likely left out of bailout thanks to language in stimulus law

In The News – WVTF/Virginia Public Radio: No coal industry tax break in COVID-19 relief bill

March 28, 2020

Analysis: Deeming All Defense Contracts “Essential” Will Be Costly

March 27, 2020

In The News – Yahoo! Finance: Airlines plot course through turbulent coronavirus crisis with billions from US taxpayers

In The News – The New York Times: For farmers, stimulus bill means subsidies continue to flow

In The News – AP: Congress locks Trump oversight into $2.2 trillion package

Weekly Wastebasket: CARES Act Hits Finish Line

March 26, 2020

In The News – Fast Company: Here are the most infuriating details and corporate giveaways in the COVID-19 stimulus bill

In The News – KTOO: Trump would like to help the cruise industry. Not everyone who works in the industry thinks that’s a good idea.

Analysis: Someone Remembered the Sunscreen … in the COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Analysis: The COVID-19 Stimulus Package – Long On Money, Short On Details

Analysis: 2020 Bailout Inspectors General Funding

In The News – WJLA/ABC: The $2 trillion stimulus package, broken down

In The News – Real Clear Politics: As job losses soar, will rescue package save the economy?

In The News – WJLA/ABC: Tracking trillions and sunscreen in coronavirus relief bill

Analysis: 2020 Bailout DHS Dollar Amounts

Analysis: 2020 Bailout Defense Program Funding

March 25, 2020

Quick Take: Agriculture in the time of COVID-19

In The News – USA Today: The $2 trillion stimulus is the biggest in history. How does it compare to 9/11, financial crisis bills?

In The News – The Washington Post: Senate aid package quietly carves out billions intended for Boeing, officials say

In The News – The Washington Examiner: Coronavirus relief deal will become most expensive ever

March 24, 2020

OpEd – Morning Consult: Commonsense Principles for Coronavirus Disaster Response and Recovery

In The News – Reuters: U.S. holding slew of new drilling lease sales despite oil market slump

March 20, 2020

Wastebasket: Accountability and Oversight in the Time of COVID-19

Tracker: COVID-19 Stimulus Requests: Tracker by Industry

In The News – WJLA/ABC: Taxpayer Watchdog: Americans should be asking questions about emergency spending

In The News – Roll Call: Defense Industry to Carry on in Face of Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Analysis: A New Tracker and the Aerospace Industries’ Selfish Abuse of the COVID-19 Crisis

Statement: Conservative and Taxpayer Groups Call for Emergency Suspension of Oil & Gas Leasing on Public Lands

March 18, 2020

Letter: Principles for Coronavirus Disaster Response and Recovery

March 17, 2020

Analysis: Now is the Time to Press Pause On Oil and Gas Leasing

Quick Take: Possible COVID-19 Response and Stimulus Package

March 13, 2020

Wastebasket: Washington – Rise To The Occasion

March 12, 2020

In The News – Marketplace: The Trump administration considers ways to help the travel industry

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