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Bills Introduced

Abortion 

S. 270—-Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (1/15/09)—A bill to provide for programs that reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy children, and support new parents.

Child Protection

S. 244—-Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (1/14/09)—A bill to expand programs of early childhood home visitation that increase school readiness, child abuse and neglect prevention, and early identification of developmental and health delays, including potential mental health concerns, and for other purposes.

Education

S. 206—-Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (1/12/09)—A bill to establish a program to help states expand the education system to include at least one year of early education preceding the year a child enters kindergarten.

S. 240—-Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (1/14/09)—A bill to set the United States on track to ensure children are ready to learn when they begin kindergarten.

H.R. 555—-Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)/Education and Labor (1/15/09)—A bill to assist states in establishing a universal prekindergarten program to ensure that all children three, four, and five years old have access to a high-quality, full-day, full-calendar-year prekindergarten education.

Health

H.R. 2—-Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)/Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor (1/13/09)—A bill to extend and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 464—-Rep Tom Price (R-GA)/Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Rules (1/13/09)—A bill to provide for a five-year SCHIP reauthorization for coverage of low-income children, an expansion of child health care insurance coverage through tax fairness, and a health care federalism initiative, and for other purposes.

H.R. 465—-Rep. Gene Greene (D-TX)/Energy and Commerce (1/13/09)—A bill to permit states to ensure coverage without a five-year delay of certain children and pregnant women under the Medicaid program and SCHIP.

H.R. 563—-Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)/Energy and Commerce (1/15/09)—A bill to require states to provide priority under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to children in families with gross income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

International

S. 229—-Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)/Foreign Relations (1/13/09)—A bill to empower women in Afghanistan, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 20—-Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)/Foreign Affairs (1/13/09)—A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the global use of child soldiers is unacceptable and that the international community should find remedies to end this practice.

Miscellaneous

S. 227—-Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)/Energy and Natural Resources (1/13/09)—A bill to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, and for other purposes.

Reproductive Health

H.R. 463—-Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)/Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor (1/13/09)—A bill to expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care.

H.R. 521—-Rep. Peter King (R-MY)/Energy and Commerce (1/14/09)—A bill to provide for the national collection of data on stillbirths in a standardized manner, and for other purposes.

H.R. 584—-Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Oversight and Government Reform, and Veterans’ Affairs (1/15/09)—A bill to provide for coverage of hormone replacement therapy for treatment of menopausal symptoms, and for coverage of an alternative therapy for hormone replacement therapy for such symptoms, under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs, group health plans and individual health insurance coverage, and other federal health insurance programs.

Tax Policy

S. 210—-Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)/Finance (1/12/09)—A bill to increase the credit for employers establishing workplace child care facilities, to increase the child care credit to encourage greater use of quality child care services, to provide incentives for students to earn child care-related degrees and to work in child care facilities, and to increase the exclusion for employer-provided dependent care assistance.

H.R. 460—-Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD)/Ways and Means (1/13/09)—A bill to increase the credit for employers establishing workplace child care facilities, to increase the child care credit to encourage greater use of quality child care services, to provide incentives for students to earn child care-related degrees and to work in child care facilities, and to increase the exclusion for employer-provided dependent care assistance.

H.R. 517—-Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)/Ways and Means (1/14/09)—A bill to modify the dependent care credit to take into account expenses for care of parents and grandparents who do not live with the taxpayer.

H.R. 538—-Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)/Ways and Means (1/14/09)—A bill to reduce the earned income threshold applicable to the refundable portion of the child tax credit and to increase the age limit for such credit.

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