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Oversight Provisions in H.R. 6074, the

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response

Supplemental Appropriations Act

March 12, 2020
President Donald Trump signed H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental
Appropriations Act, on March 6, 2020. It provides a total of $8.3 billion in supplemental funding to
support the response of the United States to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Prior to the passage of H.R. 6074, Congress had already begun to oversee the federal government's
response to COVID-19 with committee hearings in both the House and the Senate. Other committees are
planning additional hearings in the coming weeks, and the Trump Administration has also been providing
regular briefings.
This voluntary flow of information among Congress, senior Administration leaders, and frontline experts
will facilitate Congress's response to COVID-19. If lines of communication remain open, voluntary
information sharing may prove to be sufficient to meet Congress's needs and expectations for oversight.
However, H.R. 6074 makes explicit a number of requirements regarding both the type and frequency of
information Congress will receive.
H.R. 6074 appropriates significant funding for specific responses to COVID-19 and sets explicit
requirements regarding how funds may be spent. The specificity of these conditions, as well as ongoing
development of the outbreak, make it particularly important that Congress receive information in a timely
manner. Even relatively short delays may prevent Congress from ensuring that the executive branch is
following its instructions. The reporting requirements in H.R. 6074 are designed to improve the executive
branch's ability to provide timely information to Congress.
This Insight details the oversight provisions included in H.R. 6074. CRS has produced several other
written products related to COVID-19, some of which are linked at the bottom of this Insight. All CRS
materials on the subject are available on CRS.gov.

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