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Weekly Legislative Update: January 13, 2020

Congressional Schedule: January 13-17, 2020

Floor Action:

Family Support- On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4302, the Homeless Assistance Act.


Employment- On Tuesday, the House Education and Labor Committee will mark up H.R. 2694, the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act, and H.R. 5191 Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Preventing Act of 2019.

Bills Introduced: January 6-10, 2020


S. 3173—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)/Finance (01/09/20)—A bill to provide that amounts paid for an abortion are not taken into account for purposes of the deduction for medical expenses.

Child Care

S. 3168—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (01/08/20)—A bill to establish competitive federal grants that will empower community colleges and minority-serving institutions to become incubators for infant and toddler child care talent, training, and access on their campuses and in their communities.

Child Protection

H.R. 5573—Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)/ Energy and Commerce  (01/09/20)—A bill to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

H.R. 5583—Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)/House Education and Labor (01/10/20)—A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to provide for better protections for children raised in kinship families outside of the foster care system.


H.R. 5564—Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)/Energy and Commerce (1/9/20)—A bill to provide for certain requirements with respect to ownership and diversity reporting for television broadcast stations and cable operators, and for other purposes.

Family Support

S. 3154—Sen. John Thune (R-SD)/Finance (01/08/20)—A bill to improve the effectiveness of tribal child support enforcement agencies, and for other purposes.


H.R. 5551—Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)/Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Reform; and Ways and Means (01/07/20)—A bill to require group health plans, health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage, and Federal Employees Health Benefits Program health benefits plans to meet certain requirements with respect to medical child support orders, and for other purposes.

S. 3152—Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)/Commerce, Science, and Transportation (1/7/20)—A bill to require the Federal Communications Commission to incorporate data on maternal health outcomes into its broadband health maps.

S. 3170—Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (1/9/20)—A bill to expand access to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace, and for other purposes.

Human Trafficking

S. 3165—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (01/08/20)—A bill to direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study to assess the unintended impacts on the health and safety of people engaged in transactional sex, in connection with the enactment of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-164) and the loss of interactive computer services that host information related to sexual exchange, and for other purposes.


H.R. 5549—Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)/Armed Services (01/07/20)—A bill to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor to Doris Miller posthumously for acts of valor while a member of the Navy during World War II.

H.R. 5562—Rep. Marc Veasey(D-TX)/ Oversight and Reform (01/08/20)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4650 East Rosedale Street in Fort Worth, Texas, as the “Dionne Phillips Bagsby Post Office Building.”

H. Res. 786—Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)/House Oversight and Reform (01/09/20)—A resolution supporting the designation of January 11, 2020, as “National Martha Hughes Cannon Day.”

H.Res.785—Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)/Armed Services (01/09/20)—A resolution supporting the designation of February 1, 2020, as “Blue Star Mother’s Day.”


H.R. 5556—Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)/ Veterans’ Affairs (01/08/20)—A bill to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct an analysis of the need for women-specific programs that treat and rehabilitate women veterans with drug and alcohol dependency and to carry out a pilot program regarding such programs.

H.R. 5568—Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)/Veterans’ Affairs (01/09/20)—A bill to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide abortion counseling to a veteran who has an unwanted pregnancy.


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