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Weekly Legislative Update: February 3, 2020

Congressional Schedule: February 3-7, 2020

Floor Action:

On Tuesday, President Trump will give his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

Miscellaneous– On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to consider several bills, including H.R. 3976, a bill to designate the Aretha Franklin post office building; H.R. 4794, a bill to designate the Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini post office building; and H.R. 4279, a bill to designate the Melinda Gene Piccotti post office building.


Child Care– On Thursday, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education will hold a hearing, “Solving Americas Child Care Crisis: Supporting Parents Children and the Economy.”

On Thursday, the House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing, “Taking Care of Business: How Child Care is Important for Regional Economies.”

Family Support– On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing, “A Threat to Americas Children? The Trump Administrations Proposed Changes to the Poverty Line Calculations.”

On Thursday, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy will hold a hearing, “A Threat to America’s Children: The Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to Broad Based Categorical Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).”

International– On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing, “Unique Challenges Women Face in Global Health.”

Veterans– On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Women Veterans Task Force will hold a joint hearing, “Examining How the Department of Veterans Affairs Supports Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.”

Violence Against Women– On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing, “Athlete Safety and the Integrity of U.S. Sport.”

Bills Introduced: January 27-31, 2020

Child Protection

H.R. 5703—Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)/Energy and Commerce (1/29/20)—A bill to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to update and expand the coverage of such Act, and for other purposes.


H.R. 5702—Rep. Gregory W. Steube (R-FL)/Education and Labor (1/29/20)—A bill to provide that for purposes of determining compliance in athletics, sex shall be determined on the basis of biological sex as determined at birth by a physician.

Family Support

S. 3236—Sen Kevin Cramer (R-ND)/Finance (1/28/20)—A bill to ensure that child support for unborn children is collected and distributed under the child support enforcement program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 5719—Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)/Agriculture (1/30/20)—A bill to modify the standards to determine eligibility to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Human Trafficking

S. 3240—Sen. Kristen E. Gillibrand (D-NY)/Judiciary (1/28/20)—A bill to provide for the vacating of certain convictions and expungement of certain arrests of victims of human trafficking.

S. Res. 486—Sen. Dianne Feinstein(D-CA)/Judiciary (1/28/20)—A resolution to support the observation of National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month during the period beginning on January 1, 2020, and ending on February 1, 2020, to raise awareness of, and opposition to, human trafficking and modern slavery.

H.R. 5740—Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL)/Judiciary; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce; Financial Services (1/30/20)—A bill to combat child human trafficking, and for other purposes.


S. Res. 487—Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)/Foreign Relations (1/28/20)—A resolution to support the goals and ideals of Countering International Parental Child Abduction Month and expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should raise awareness of the harm caused by international parental child abduction.

Violence Against Women

H. Res. 817—Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA)/Judiciary (1/28/20)—A resolution to raise awareness and encourage the prevention of stalking by expressing support for the designation of January 2020 as “National Stalking Awareness Month.”