The Source

The Source on Women’s Issues in Congress, April 16-20, 2018

Floor Action:

International—  On April 18, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 426, a resolution supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.

Miscellaneous— On April 17, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 472, designating April 5, 2018, as “Gold Star Wives Day.”

On April 18, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 463, a resolution authorizing a senator to bring a young son or daughter of the Senator onto the floor of the Senate during votes. 

Mark-Ups:

Family Support—On April 18, the House Committee on Agriculture passed, 26-20, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act. The bill contains provisions to authorize several nutrition assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Assistance for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child Nutrition Program.

International—On April 17, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved several bills by voice vote, including H.R. 5129, the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2018, and H.R. 5480, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act.

STEM— On April 17, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology passed several bills by voice vote, including H.R. 5509, the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act. The measure includes provisions to provide grants for women to promote their participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Hearings:

Child Protection— On April 18, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security held a hearing, “Olympic Abuse: The Role of National Governing Bodies in Protecting our Athletes.”

Veterans— On April 17, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on several bills, including H.R. 4334, the Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act, and H.R. 4635, a bill to increase peer-to-peer counseling for women veterans.