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Sen. Lamar Alexander spoke on the Senate floor on Tuesday about the "School Safety and Mental Health Services Improvement Act" that he is introducing on Wednesday with several other lawmakers.

Why it matters: Congress has been under pressure to offer solutions to gun violence in schools in the wake of the massacre at Stoneman Dougas High School that took 17 lives. The bill Sen. Alexander is proposing would make clear that schools can use federal funds to hire more counselors and enhance security.

  1. Allow schools to use federal funding to hire more counselors.
  2. Clarify that schools can use federal funds to improve the school's security, such as installing security cameras, improving entrances and exits to the building, and more.
  3. Renew and update program that trains educators to ensure "children have the services they need after" a violent incident.
  4. Create an inter-agency task force (led by Secretaries from DOJ, HHS, DHS, DOE, DOD, and DOI) "to make recommendations on best practices, policies and procedures to improve school safety and school safety infrastructure."

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Steve Scalise PAC invites donors to fundraiser at Disney World

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s PAC is inviting lobbyists to attend a four-day “Summer Meeting” at Disney World's Polynesian Village in Florida, all but daring donors to swallow their concern about coronavirus and contribute $10,000 to his leadership PAC.

Why it matters: Scalise appears to be the first House lawmakers to host an in-person destination fundraiser since the severity of pandemic became clear. The invite for the “Summer Meeting” for the Scalise Leadership Fund, obtained by Axios, makes no mention of COVID-19.

The coronavirus is ushering in a new era of surveillance at work

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As companies continue to prepare for the return of their employees to the workplace, they're weighing new types of surveillance in the name of safety.

Why it matters: Just as the coronavirus pandemic has acted as an accelerant for the adoption of remote work, it has also normalized increased surveillance and data collection. In the post-pandemic workplace, our bosses will know a lot more about us than they used to.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 11,712,663 — Total deaths: 540,582 — Total recoveries — 6,381,954Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 2,981,602 — Total deaths: 131,238 — Total recoveries: 924,148 — Total tested: 36,225,015Map.
  3. 2020: Biden releases plan to strengthen coronavirus supply chain.
  4. Public health: Fauci says it's a "false narrative" to take comfort in lower coronavirus death rate — Deborah Birx: Some Southern states "stepped on the gas" when reopening.
  5. World: Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive— India reports third-highest case count in the world.