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Weekly Legislative Update: August 1, 2022

Congressional Schedule: August 1-5, 2022

Floor Action:

The Senate is in session this week.

The House is in recess until September 6, but is scheduled to return to session during August pending Senate action on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (as-yet-unnumbered).

Mark-Ups:

Employment- On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S.4524, a bill to limit the judicial enforceability of predispute nondisclosure and nondisparagement contract clauses relating to disputes involving sexual assault and sexual harassment. 

Human Trafficking- On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including S. 4611, a bill to improve services for trafficking victims by establishing, in Homeland Security Investigations, the Investigators Maintain Purposeful Awareness to Combat Trafficking Trauma Program and the Victim Assistance Program.

Military- On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also will consider S. 4377, the Military Spouse Employment Act.

Women’s History- On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also will mark up H.R. 5271, a bill to designate the Thelma Harper Post Office Building in Nashville, Tennessee, and H.R. 6614, a bill to designate the Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Post Office Building in Detroit, Michigan.

Bills Introduced: July 25-29, 2022 

Abortion

H.R. 8501—Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)/ Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor; Natural Resources; Ways and Means (7/26/22)—A bill to prohibit abortion sanctuary states from receiving funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.

S. Res. 729—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)/Judiciary (7/28/22)—A resolution designating the week beginning November 7, 2022, as “National Pregnancy Center Week” to recognize the vital role that community-supported pregnancy centers play in saving lives and serving women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions.

H.R. 8584—Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY)/Judiciary (7/28/22)—A bill to provide adequate penalties and remedies for attacks on facilities providing counseling about abortion alternatives and attacks on places of religious worship.

H. Res. 1297—Rep. Bob Good (R-VA)/Energy and Commerce (7/28/22)—A resolution designating the week beginning November 7, 2022, as “National Pregnancy Center Week” to recognize the vital role that community-supported pregnancy centers play in saving lives and serving women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions.

Child Care

S. 4675—Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)/ Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/28/22)—A bill to provide grants to states to establish positions to minimize administrative burden on families seeking child care assistance.

Employment

S. 4658—Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/28/22)—A bill to support apprenticeship programs.

H.R. 8567—Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)/Education and Labor (7/28/22)—A bill to support apprenticeship programs.

H.R. 8618—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)/Education and Labor (7/29/22)—A bill to require annual reporting by employers to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the number of settlements of employee claims of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), age (40 or older), disability, genetic information (including family medical history), or any combination of such factors; and for other purposes.

Family Support

H.R. 8495—Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR)/Agriculture (7/26/22)—A bill to transition the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and for other purposes.

H.R. 8587—Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)/Education and Labor (7/28/22)—A bill to require that state agencies contract with more than one infant formula manufacturer under the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and for other purposes.

H.R. 8620—Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV)/Ways and Means (7/29/22)—A bill to allow community supports to meet specific needs of families and children through an electronic care portal under the MaryLee Allen Promoting Safe and Stable Families program.

Health

S. Res. 718—Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA)/Judiciary (7/25/22)—A resolution designating the week of July 19 through July 25, 2022, as “Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week,” and supporting the goal of raising awareness and understanding around maternal mental health conditions as they affect Black individuals.

H. Res. 1287—Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)/Energy and Commerce (7/26/22)—A resolution of inquiry directing the president to provide certain documents in the president’s possession to the House of Representatives relating to the recall of infant formula manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and potential impacts on the infant formula supply chain.

Human Trafficking

S. 4611—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/ Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (7/26/22)—A bill to improve services for trafficking victims by establishing, in Homeland Security Investigations, the Investigators Maintain Purposeful Awareness to Combat Trafficking Trauma Program and the Victim Assistance Program.

International

S. 4641—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Foreign Relations (7/27/22)—A bill to authorize the use of funds for comprehensive reproductive health care services, and for other purposes.

S. 4649—Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)/Foreign Relations (7/27/22)—A bill to improve the comprehensive strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food and nutrition security, promote inclusive, sustainable, agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, build resilience among vulnerable populations, and for other purposes.

Reproductive Health

S. 4612—Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA)/Judiciary (7/26/22)—A bill to protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and to engage in contraception, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives, contraception, and information related to contraception.

S. 4638—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/27/22)—A bill to allow women greater access to safe and effective oral contraceptive drugs intended for routine use.

H.R. 8524—Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)/Energy and Commerce (7/27/22)—A bill to establish the Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Well-Being within the Department of Health and Human Services, to generate a whole-of-government approach to protecting and affirming sexual and reproductive rights, and for other purposes.

H.R. 8600—Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK)/Judiciary (7/29/22)—A bill to criminalize abuse with respect to assisted reproductive technology, and for other purposes.

Tax Policy

H.R. 8619—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)/Ways and Means (7/29/22)—A bill to deny a deduction for severance payments made in connection with workplace harassment.

Women’s History

H.R. 8535—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/ Financial Services; House Administration (7/27/22)—A bill to posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Shirley Chisholm.