The House and Senate are in session this week.
Appropriations- On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 8294, a “minibus” spending package that includes the FY2023 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bills, among others.
Reproductive Health- Also on Tuesday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act.
International- On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider several bills, including S. 4466, the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022, which contains provisions to address sexual assault in the Peace Corps; S. 552, the Global Learning Loss Assessment Act of 2021, which would address the impact of school closures on girls and other marginalized youth due to COVID-19 and global conflicts; S.4216, the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2022, which would address the legal status of North Korean women who marry or have children with Chinese citizens; H.R. 4693, the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act of 2021, which includes provisions for pregnant and lactating women; and S. 3589, the Western Hemisphere Security Strategy Act of 2022, which includes provisions to address the safety and rights of women in the “Western Hemisphere Security Strategy.”
Abortion- On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing, “Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion.”
Banking- On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, “Housing in America: Oversight of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.” The hearing will consider several bills, including Title IV of H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act, which would provide rental assistance for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and survivors of trafficking families; the Advancing Accountability and Transparency in Federal Home Lending Act (as-yet-unnumbered), which would require the members of a Federal Home Loan Bank to consider gender diversity when electing a member of the board of directors of the Bank; a bill to enhance minority and women inclusion at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (as-yet-unnumbered); and the Fair Appraisal and Inequity Reform (FAIR) Act of 2022 (as-yet-unnumbered), which would address gender diversity among appraisal vendors and contractors, among other provisions.
Child Care- On Wednesday, the House Budget Committee will hold a hearing, “Examining the Powerful Impact of Investments in Early Childhood for Children, Families, and Our Nation’s Economy.”
Small Business- On Tuesday, the House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing, “The SBA Office of International Trade and the STEP Program as Key Tools for Recovery and Expansion.” The State Trade Enhancement Program (STEP) provides grants to states to increase the number of exporting small businesses or proposals that assist women-owned and other socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses.
On Wednesday, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development will hold a hearing, “SBA District Office Collaboration with Resource Partners,” which will review the relationship between the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its primary resource partners, including Women’s Business Centers (WBCs).