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Weekly Legislative Update: January 11, 2021

Congressional Schedule: January 11-15, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate is in recess this week.

This House is in recess this week, subject to the call of the chair.

Bills Introduced: January 4-8, 2021


H.R. 28—Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor (1/4/21)—A bill to prohibit the expenditure for an abortion of federal funds authorized or appropriated for preventing, preparing for, or responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes. 

H.R. 188—Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX)/Energy and Commerce (1/5/21)—A bill to allow for greater state flexibility with respect to excluding providers who are involved in abortions.

Child Protection

H.R. 73—Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)/Judiciary (1/4/21)—A bill to prohibit the importation or transportation of child sex dolls, and for other purposes.

H.R. 87—Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)/Judiciary (1/4/21)—A bill to prohibit the importation or transportation of child sex dolls, and for other purposes.


H.R. 79—Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)/Energy and Commerce (1/4/21)—A bill to authorize funding for the creation and implementation of infant mortality pilot programs in standard metropolitan statistical areas with high rates of infant mortality, and for other purposes.

H.R. 113—Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)/Energy and Commerce (1/4/21)—A bill to provide for research and education with respect to triple-negative breast cancer, and for other purposes.

Human Trafficking

H.R. 233—Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI)/Foreign Affairs (1/6/21)—A bill to include financial criminal activities associated with the facilitation of severe forms of trafficking in persons within the factors considered as indicia of serious and sustained efforts to eliminate severe forms of trafficking in persons, and for other purposes.


H.R. 116—Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)/Foreign Affairs (1/4/21)—A bill to require that activities carried out by the United States in South Sudan relating to governance, reconstruction and development, and refugee relief and assistance support the basic human rights of women and women’s participation and leadership in these areas.


H.R. 120—Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)/Judiciary (1/4/21)—A bill to enhance public health and safety by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal prison system for incarcerated pregnant women and mothers by establishing a pilot program of critical-stage, developmental nurseries in federal prisons for children born to inmates, with risk and needs assessments, and risk and recidivism reduction.

H.R. 142—Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)/Ways and Means; Judiciary; Energy and Commerce (1/4/21)—A bill to require hospitals reimbursed under the Medicare system to establish and implement security procedures to reduce the likelihood of infant patient abduction and baby switching, including procedures for identifying all infant patients in the hospital in a manner that ensures that it will be evident if infants are missing from the hospital.


H.R. 148—Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ)/Ways and Means; Armed Services (1/4/21)—A bill to provide a work opportunity tax credit for military spouses and to provide for flexible spending arrangements for childcare services for military families. 


H. Res. 13—Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)/Judiciary (1/4/21)—A resolution commemorating the life and legacy of Sojourner Truth.

H.R. 216—Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)/Natural Resources (1/5/21)—A bill to designate a peak in the state of Nevada as Maude Frazier Mountain, and for other purposes.

H.R. 224—Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)/Oversight and Reform (1/6/21)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston, Texas, as the “Vanessa Guillen Post Office Building.” 

H.R. 228—Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)/Oversight and Reform (1/6/21)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2141 Ferry Street in Anderson, California, as the “Norma Comnick Post Office Building.” 

Tax Policy

H.R. 53—Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)/Ways and Means (1/4/21)—A bill to allow for tax-advantaged distributions from health savings accounts during family or medical leave, and for other purposes. 

H.R. 106—Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR)/Ways and Means (1/4/21)—A bill to provide equitable treatment for residents of Puerto Rico with respect to the refundable portion of the child tax credit and to provide the same treatment to families in Puerto Rico with one child or two children that is currently provided to island families with three or more children.

H.R. 174—Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)/Ways and Means (1/4/21)—A bill to extend the Earned Income Tax Credit to all taxpayers with dependents and to qualifying students, and for other purposes.

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