International- On Wednesday, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, H.R. 6651, the PEPFAR Extension Act. The House passed the bill on November 13 (see The Source, 11/16/18). The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief provides assistance to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
STEM- On Tuesday, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 4254, the Women in Aerospace Education Act. The Senate passed the measure, as amended, on September 28 (see The Source, 9/28/18). The House vote clears the measure for the president’s signature.
Health- On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved several bills, including H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act. The House passed the legislation in January 2017 (see The Source, 1/13/17).
International- On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved several bills, including S. 3247, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, as amended.
Miscellaneous- On Wednesday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved several measures, including S. Res. 444, a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States.
Human Trafficking- On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing, “The Global Fight to End Modern Slavery.”
Crime- On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing, “BOP [Bureau of Prisons] Management of its Female Inmate Population and Other Challenges.”