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Weekly Legislative Update: December 20, 2021

Congressional Schedule: December 20-24, 2021

Floor Action:

The House and Senate do not have further votes scheduled this year. The 2nd Session of the 117th Congress is scheduled to convene in the Senate on January 3, and in the House on January 10.  

Bills Introduced: December 13-17, 2021

Civil Rights

H.R. 6268—Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)/Judiciary; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce; Financial Services (12/14/21)—A bill to establish an Interagency Task Force to examine the conditions and experiences of Black women and girls in education, economic development, healthcare, labor and employment, housing, justice and civil rights, to promote community-based methods for mitigating and addressing harm and ensuring accountability, and to study societal effects on Black women and girls, and for other purposes.

Family Support

H.R. 6272—Rep. Al Lawson, Jr. (D-FL)/Agriculture (12/14/21)—A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to expand the eligibility of students to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


H. Res. 846—Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN)/Natural Resources; Energy and Commerce (12/13/21)—A resolution recognizing the maternal health crisis among indigenous women in the United States, which includes American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women, recognizing the importance of reducing mortality and morbidity among indigenous women, and calling for urgent Federal funding changes to ensure comprehensive, high-quality, and culturally competent maternal health and family planning services are available.


S. 3426—Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)/Foreign Relations (12/16/21)—A bill to promote diversity at the Department of State, to direct the secretary of State to review the termination characterization of former members of the Department who were fired by reason of their sexual orientation, and for other purposes. The bill also would direct the Department to thoroughly report, document, and investigate sexual harassment and assault claims by employees.

H.R. 6316—Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO)/Foreign Affairs; Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology (12/16/21)—A bill to help increase the development, distribution, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels to improve health, protect the climate and environment, empower women, create jobs, and help consumers save time and money.

Violence Against Women

H.R. 6294—Rep. Don Young (R-AK)/Energy and Commerce (12/14/21)—A bill to provide for demonstration grants and create a federal work group to reduce and prevent the incidence of teen dating violence.