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Weekly Legislative Update: December 9, 2019

Congressional Schedule: December 9-13, 2019

Floor Action:

Military- This week, the House may consider the conference report for S. 1790, the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

Small Business- On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4727, the Department of Homeland Security Mentor-Protégé Program Act.

STEM- On Monday, the House also is scheduled to consider S. 737, the Building Blocks of STEM Act.


Child Protection- On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will mark up several bills, including S. 2971, a bill to amend and reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and S. 2683, the Child Care Protection and Improvement Act.

Employment- On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee will mark up several bills, including H.R. 5322, the Ensuring Diversity in Community Banking Act.

International- On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up several pieces of legislation, including S. Res. 142, a resolution condemning the Philippines for its continued detainment of Senator Leila De Lima and calling for her immediate release, and S. Res. 260, a resolution recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting the commitment of the United States Agency for International Development to global nutrition through the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy.

Miscellaneous- Also on Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will mark up several bills, including, S. 2381, the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act, and S. 2638, the Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act.

Violence Against Women- On Wednesday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will mark up S. 1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act, which includes provisions to address the issue of missing or murdered Native Americans.


Employment- On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing, “Examining the Need for Comprehensive National Paid Family and Medical Leave.”

Health- On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy will hold a hearing, “Examining Carcinogens in Talc and the Best Methods for Asbestos Detection.”

Human Trafficking- On Wednesday, the House Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process will hold a hearing, “Solving an Epidemic: Addressing Human Trafficking Around Major Events Like the Super Bowl and the Need for Cross-Jurisdictional Solutions.”

International- On Tuesday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture will hold a hearing, “The Implementation of Farm Bill International Food Assistance and Development Programs.”

Military- Also on Tuesday, the House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel will hold a hearing, “Diversity in Recruiting and Retention: Increasing Diversity in the Military – What the Military Services are Doing.”

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will hold a hearing, “Righting the Ship: The Coast Guard Must Improve its Processes for Addressing Harassment, Bullying, and Retaliation.”

Bills Introduced: December 2-6, 2019

Child Protection

S. 2971—Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (12/3/19)—A bill to amend and reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and for other purposes.


H.R. 5328—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; Science, Space and Technology (12/5/19)—A bill to require certain information be reported with respect to principal investigators who have discriminated, including harassed, on the basis of sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, parental status, and sex stereotype), and for other purposes.

Family Support

H.R. 5349—Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)/Agriculture (12/6/19)—A bill to prevent the changing of regulations governing the provision of waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and for other purposes.


H.R. 5279—Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)/Energy and Commerce (12/3/19)—A bill to improve cosmetic safety, and for other purposes.


H. Res. 742—Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)/Foreign Affairs; Agriculture (12/5/19)—A resolution recognizing the continued success of the Food for Peace Act.

H. Con. Res. 78—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs (12/6/19)—A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day.


H.R. 5331—Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT)/Judiciary; Education and Labor; Ways and Means; Financial Services; Oversight and Reform; House Administration (12/6/19)—A bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity; and to protect the free exercise of religion.


S. Res. 446—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Considered and agreed to (12/4/19)—A resolution authorizing the printing of tributes and other related materials in honor of the late Senator Janet Kay Hagan.

H.R. 5340—Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)/Financial Services; Foreign Affairs (12/6/19)—A bill to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Hazel M. Johnson, in recognition of her achievements and contributions to the environmental justice movement.

H.R. 5343—Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)/Oversight and Reform (12/6/19)—A bill to provide for the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Hazel M. Johnson, and for other purposes.

Tax Policy

S. 2976—Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)/Finance (12/4/19)—A bill to provide an election to advance future child tax credits in the year of birth or adoption.

H.R. 5296—Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX)/Ways and Means (12/4/19)—A bill to provide an election to advance future child tax credits in the year of birth or adoption.

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