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Weekly Legislative Update: April 12, 2021

Congressional Schedule: April 12-16, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate is in session this week.

Employment- This week, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act.


Miscellaneous- On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee will mark up several postal naming measures, including H.R. 228, a bill to designate the “Norma Comnick Post Office Building,” and H.R. 1444, a bill to designate the “Patsy Cline Post Office.”


STEM- On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing, “Legislative Hearing on the Endless Frontier Act,” which would address potential actions to strengthen the U.S. innovation ecosystem, including growing and diversifying the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pipeline.

Veterans- On Thursday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on several bills, including H.R. 344, the Women Veterans TRUST Act; H.R. 958, Protecting Moms Who Served Act; and the DOULA for VA Act (as-yet-unnumbered). 

Bills Introduced: April 5-9, 2021

Family Support

H.R. 2375—Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)/Education and Labor (4/5/21)—A bill to authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services to provide services for mothers who are considering placing or have placed a child for adoption, and for other purposes.


H.R. 2365—Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ)/Natural Resources (4/5/21)—A bill to extend the authority for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of Gold Star Families, and for other purposes. 

H.R. 2385—Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)/Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs (4/8/21)—A bill to direct the comptroller general of the United States to conduct a study regarding women involuntarily separated or discharged from the Armed Forces due to pregnancy or parenthood, and for other purposes. 


H. Res. 299—Rep. Gregory Steube (R-FL)/Veterans’ Affairs (4/8/21)—A resolution expressing support for naming surviving family members of veterans who die by suicide as “Gold Arrow Families.”