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Weekly Legislative Update: August 3, 2020

Congressional Schedule: August 3-7, 2020

The Senate is in session this week.

The House is in recess until further notice.


Veterans Affairs – On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will consider several bills, including S. 514, the Deborah Sampson Act.

Bills Introduced: July 27 – July 31


H.R. 7792—Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS)/Small Business (7/27/20)—A bill to prohibit abortion providers from receiving a covered loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 7802—Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)/Small Business (7/27/20)—A bill to require the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and any affiliates to return amounts received under the Paycheck Protection Program, and for other purposes.

Child Care

H.R. 7804—Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)/Education and Labor (7/27/20)—A bill to provide for grants to support the provision of child care by reopening and maintaining the operation of child care programs.

H.R. 7846—Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)/Ways and Means (7/29/20)—A bill to ensure access to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for workers who are unable to obtain child and family care, and for other purposes.

S. 4383—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Environment and Public Works (7/30/20)—A bill to make projects that directly or indirectly increase the accessibility of affordable, quality child care eligible for certain grants, and for other purposes.

H.R. 7909—Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA)/Education and Labor (7/31/20)—A bill to facilitate access to child care services safely and securely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Protection

H.R. 7919—Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)/Judiciary (7/31/20)—A bill to direct the attorney general to convene a national working group to study proactive strategies and needed resources for the rescue of children from sexual exploitation and abuse, and for other purposes.


S. 4374—Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)/Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (7/30/20)—A bill to establish a government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, and for other purposes.

Family Support

H.R. 7794—Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)/Agriculture (7/27/20)—A bill to extend existing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) flexibilities for states during the COVID-19 pandemic.

H.R. 7899—Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA)/Agriculture (7/31/20)—A bill to provide an incentive for households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase certain nutritious fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to good health.

H.R. 7916—Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)/Ways and Means; Agriculture (7/31/20)—A bill to temporarily waive section 115 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 as applied to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and SNAP programs, and for other purposes.


H.R. 7881—Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)/Judiciary; Education and Labor (7/30/20)—A bill to provide congressional oversight of the board of directors of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and to protect amateur athletes from emotion, physical, and sexual abuse, and for other purposes.

Tax Policy

H.R. 7861—Rep. John Carter (R-TX)/Ways and Means (7/30/20)—A bill to make permanent the employer credit for paid family and medical leave.

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