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Weekly Legislative Update: August 2, 2021

Congressional Schedule: August 2-6, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate is in session this week.

The House is in recess until August 27.

Mark-ups:

Appropriations- On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs (VA), and Related Agencies will mark up the FY2022 Military Construction, VA, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered), which would provide funding for military family housing and the Veterans Health Administration.

Also on Monday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies will mark up the FY2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up several spending bills, including the FY2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies; and Military Construction, VA, and Related Agencies spending bills.

Employment- On Tuesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, Pensions Committee will mark up legislation, including S.1486, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Small Business/Entrepreneurship- On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will mark up several bills, including S. 2068, the Minority Business Development Act of 2021. The measure includes a provision that directs the Minority Business Development Centers to work with women’s business centers.

Sports- On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will mark up several bills, including S. 2333, the Equal Pay for Team USA Act of 2021.

Women’s History- On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will mark up several bills, including, S. 2126, a bill to designate the “Louisa Swain Federal Office Building;” S. 1226, a bill to designate the “Sylvia H. Rambo United States Courthouse;” and S. 233, a bill to designate “Donna M. Doss Border Patrol Station.”


BILLS INTRODUCED: July 26-30, 2021

Child Care

S. Res. 329—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Considered and agreed to (7/29/21)—A resolution amending the eligibility criteria for the Senate Employee Child Care Center.

Education

H.R. 4751—Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)/Education and Labor (7/28/21)—A bill to require publication of information relating to religious exemptions to the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and for other purposes.

Employment

S. 2552—Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA)/Environment and Public Works (7/29/21)—A bill to promote long-term economic recovery and job creation in underserved communities by providing for investment in catalytic local predevelopment projects for resilient climate infrastructure innovation and to provide assistance to support state and local project development, and for other purposes.

S. 2569—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/29/21)—A bill to enhance the rights of domestic workers, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4826—Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)/Education and Labor; Judiciary; House Administration; Oversight and Reform; Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means (7/29/21)—A bill to enhance the rights of domestic workers, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4837—Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)/Education and Labor (7/29/21)—A bill to direct the secretary of Labor to recognize employers with a commitment to helping employees balance workplace responsibilities and family obligations.

Family Support

S. 2515—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)/Agriculture, Nutrition, Forestry (7/28/21)—A bill to treat attendance at an institution of higher education the same as work for the purpose of determining eligibility to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Health

H. Res. 556—Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)/Energy and Commerce (7/26/21)—A resolution recognizing the importance of access to comprehensive, high-quality, life-affirming medical care for women of all ages.

Judiciary

S. 2477—Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)/Judiciary (7/27/21)—A bill to divert certain parents of minor children, expectant parents, and other caregivers from incarceration and into comprehensive programs providing resources, services, and training to those individuals and their families.

H.R. 4709—Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)/Judiciary (7/27/21)—A bill to divert certain parents of minor children, expectant parents, and other caregivers from incarceration and into comprehensive programs providing resources, services, and training to those individuals and their families.

S. 2553—Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)/Judiciary (7/29/21)—A bill to protect employees of the federal judiciary from discrimination.

H.R. 4827—Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)/Judiciary (7/29/21)—A bill, to protect employees of the federal judiciary from discrimination, and for other purposes.

Military

H.R 4883—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)/Armed Services; Transportation and Infrastructure (7/30/21)—A bill to ensure the parental guardianship rights of cadets and midshipmen consistent with individual and academic responsibilities, and for other purposes.

Reproductive Health

S. Res. 325—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)/Health, Education, Labor, Pensions (7/28/21)—A resolution recognizing the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and expressing support for the designation of September 2021 as “PCOS Awareness Month.”

Social Security/Retirement

H.R.4851—Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA)/Ways and Means (7/29/21)—A bill to improve social security benefits for widows and widowers in two-income households.

Tax Policy

H.R. 4902—Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)/Ways and Means; Judiciary (7/30/21)—A bill to treat diapers as qualified medical expenses; and to prohibit states and local governments to impose a tax on the retail sale of diapers.

Veterans

S. 2533—Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)/Veterans’ Affairs (7/29/21)—A bill to improve mammography services furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4794—Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)/Veterans’ Affairs; Armed Services (7/29/21)—A bill to improve mammography services furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Violence Against Women

H.R. 4898—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Education and Labor; Judiciary (7/30/21)—A bill to increase transparency and reporting on campus sexual violence, and for other purposes.

Women’s History

H.R. 4814—Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)/House Administration (7/29/21)—A bill to obtain and direct the placement in the Capitol or on the Capitol Grounds of a statue to honor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sandra Day O’Connor and a statue to honor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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