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The Source on Women’s Issues in Congress, July 23-27, 2018

Floor Action

Military— On July 26, the House approved, 359-54, the conference report for H.R. 5515, the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House approved its version of the NDAA on May 24 (see The Source, 5/25/18); the Senate approved its version on June 18 (see The Source, 6/22/18). The conference report resolves differences between the two versions of the bill.

STEM— On July 25, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 592, a resolution designating Ada Lovelace Day, and S. Res. 593, a resolution honoring Grace Hopper.


International— On July 25, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S. 1580, the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act.


Employment— On July 24, the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. The bill would allow employers to voluntarily offer their employees paid leave and scheduling flexibility in accordance with minimum federal standards.

Child Protection— On July 24, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Technology Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security held a hearing, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions.”

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