Keeping Up As Congress Confronts Covid-19

April 14, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Congress still faces a long to-do list as it continues its response to the coronavirus. Join our experts for an in-depth discussion of the deadlines and dynamics that will drive action this year.

The discussion will examine:

  • The remaining 2020 calendar and major deadlines.
  • The status of appropriations needed to avert a government shutdown in October.
  • Negotiations on the annual National Defense Authorization Act.
  • Potential next steps in the response to Covid-19.



Adam Schank
Team Leader
Bloomberg Government

Adam Schank leads Bloomberg Government's legislative analyst team. He joined BGOV in 2013 to cover health care and environmental policy after three years as an analyst for Congressional Quarterly's House Action Reports, where he covered those issues, as well as the federal budget process, appropriations, and energy development. He also analyzed federal regulations related to pollution control and utilities for CQ Legal. Schank has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota - Duluth.

Danielle Parnass
Deputy Team Leader
Bloomberg Government

Danielle Parnass is deputy team lead for legislative analysis at Bloomberg Government and covers health, education, and agriculture. She also cohosts BGOV's "Suspending the Rules" podcast. Danielle previously worked at the House Financial Services Committee, Senate Finance Committee, and Congressional Budget Office doing communications, research, and analysis. She has a masters in public policy from Georgetown University and her bachelor's in journalism and government from the University of Maryland.

Sarah Babbage
Legislative Analyst
Bloomberg Government

Sarah writes analysis of tax and infrastructure legislation, as well as trade policy. She's been with Bloomberg Government since 2016. Previously, she researched the fiscal and economic health of state governments, as well as federal fiscal policy, at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Sarah has a master's degree in Government from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in international development from McGill University.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Senior Reporter
Bloomberg Government

Jack Fitzpatrick covers the budget and appropriations process in Congress. He interviews lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill, focusing on the fiscal side of all policy areas. He has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC.com, Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, among others. Before coming to Bloomberg Government, he covered energy policy for Morning Consult and congressional campaigns for National Journal. He has a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School.

Alex Ruoff
Bloomberg Government

Alex Ruoff covers all things health care for Bloomberg Government, focusing on how Capitol Hill shapes health policy. He came to Bloomberg in 2013 to write about health IT and joined the Congress team in 2013.