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Weekly Legislative Update: February 7, 2022

Congressional Schedule: February 7-11, 2022 

Floor Action: 
 
The House and Senate are in session this week. 

Appropriations– On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on a continuing resolution (CR) (H.R. 6617) to fund the government through March 11. The current CR expires on February 18.

Employment– On Monday, the House will consider H.R. 4445, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021. 
 
Women’s History– This week, the House also will consider several bills, including H.R. 2324, a bill to designate the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office,” and H.R. 2842, a bill to designate the “Lynn C. Woolsey Post Office Building.” 
 
Mark-ups: 
 
Child Protection– On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider several bills, including S. 3538, the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act. The bill would establish a National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention. 
 
Human Trafficking– On Tuesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including H.R. 6552, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022. 

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider S. 3103, the Eliminating Limits to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims Act. The measure would eliminate the statute of limitations for a minor victim of a human trafficking offense or federal sex offense to file a civil action to recover damages. 
 
Hearings: 
 
Employment– On Wednesday, the Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing, “Building a Better Labor Market: Empowering Older Workers for a Stronger Economy.” 
 
Human Trafficking– On Tuesday, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will hold a hearing, “Data Challenges Impacting Human Trafficking Research and Development of Anti-Trafficking Technological Tools.” 
 
Veterans– On Tuesday, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold a hearing, “Honoring our Promise: Reviewing the Effectiveness of Services for Survivors and Dependents.” 


Bills Introduced: January 31-February 4, 2022 

Child Care 
 
H.R. 6598—Rep. Rashida Talib (D-MI)/Ways and Means (2/3/22)—A bill to establish a universal child assistance program, and for other purposes. 
 
Child Protection  
 
S. 3538—Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)/Judiciary (1/31/22)—A bill to establish a national commission on online child sexual exploitation prevention, and for other purposes. 
 
H.R. 6544—Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)/Energy and Commerce; Judiciary; Education and Labor (2/1/22)—A bill to establish a national commission on online child sexual exploitation prevention, and for other purposes. 
 
Health 
 
H.R. 6584—Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce (2/3/22)—A bill to direct the commissioner of Food and Drugs to amend certain regulations to increase clinical trial diversity, and for other purposes. 
 
H.R. 6555—Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)/ Transportation and Infrastructure (2/1/22)—A bill to direct the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to designate breast pumps and certain lactation supplies as eligible for certain financial assistance, and for other purposes. 
 
H.R. 6612—Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC)/Energy and Commerce (2/4/22)—A bill to provide a higher federal matching rate for increased expenditures under Medicaid for maternal health care services. 
 
Human Trafficking 
 
S. Res. 500—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Judiciary (2/1/22)—A resolution supporting the observation of National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month during the period beginning on January 1, 2022, and ending on February 1, 2022, to raise awareness of, and opposition to, human trafficking and modern slavery. 
 
H.R. 6536—Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC)/Judiciary (2/1/22)—A bill to require abortion providers to notify the national human trafficking hotline of victims of trafficking, and for other purposes. 
 
H.R. 6552—Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ)/Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means; Oversight and Reform; Education and Labor; Judiciary (2/1/22)—A bill to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes. 
 
H.R. 6563—Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX)/Judiciary; Oversight and Reform (2/1/22)—A bill to direct the director of the Office of Management and Budget to require the disclosure of violations of federal law with respect to human trafficking or alien smuggling, and for other purposes. 
 
H. Res. 893—Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)/Judiciary (2/1/22)—A resolution supporting the observation of National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month during the period beginning on January 1, 2022, and ending on February 1, 2022, to raise awareness of, and opposition to, human trafficking and modern slavery. 
 
International 
 
S. Res. 503—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)/Foreign Relations (1/3/22)—A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Government of the People’s Republic of China should immediately guarantee the safety and freedom of tennis star Peng Shuai. 
 
Tax Policy  
 
S. 3537—Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)/Finance (1/31/22)—A bill to provide a child tax credit for pregnant moms with respect to their unborn children, and for other purposes. 
 
Veterans 
 
S. Res. 502—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)/Considered and agreed to (2/1/22)—A resolution acknowledging and commemorating the World War II women in the Navy who served in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (“WAVES”). 
 
Women’s History 
 
H.R. 6614—Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)/Oversight and Reform (2/4/22)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4744 Grand River Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, as the “Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Post Office Building.” 
 
 

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