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Weekly Legislative Update: January 31, 2022

Congressional Schedule: January 31-February 4, 2022 

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

Employment– On Wednesday, the House will consider H.R. 4445, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021. 
 
STEM– On Wednesday, the House will consider H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act of 2022, which includes provisions related to broadening the participation of women and girls in STEM, as well as improving outreach to women-owned businesses. 
 
Women’s History– On Tuesday, the House 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: 

Human Trafficking– On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on several bills, including S. 3470, the End Human Trafficking in Government Contracts Act of 2022. 

Small Business– On Thursday, the House Small Business Committee will mark up several bills, including H.R. 6441, the Women’s Business Center Improvement Act of 2022. 

Women’s History– On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee will mark up several bills, including H.R. 224, a bill to designate the “Vanessa Guillén Post Office Building”, and H.R. 5951, a bill to designate the “Coya Knutson Post Office.” 

Hearings: 

Employment– On Thursday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, will hold a discussion, “Examining the Washington Football Team’s Toxic Workplace Culture.” The roundtable will discuss issues of workplace misconduct and the National Football League’s (NFL) failure to take steps to prevent sexual harassment and verbal abuse in the workplace.

Small Business– On Tuesday, the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will hold a hearing, “Review of SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs and Initiatives.” 
 
On Thursday, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion will hold a hearing, “Addressing the Financial Barriers to Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses’ Involvement in Infrastructure Projects.” 


Congressional Bills Introduced: January 24-28, 2022 

Civil Rights 
 
H. Res. 891—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Judiciary (1/28/22)—A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the article of amendment (commonly known as the “Equal Rights Amendment”) to the Constitution is valid.  
 
Human Trafficking 
 
H.R. 6479—Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)/Judiciary; Education and Labor (1/25/22)—A bill to direct the attorney general to study issues relating to human trafficking, and for other purposes. 
 
H.R. 6480—Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL)/Judiciary (1/25/22)—A bill to expand to state, local, tribal, territorial, and educational institution law enforcement the availability of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ human trafficking awareness training to equip frontline first responders with the knowledge to recognize and properly respond to potential human trafficking situations, and for other purposes. 
 
Tax Policy 
 
H.R. 6505—Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)/Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce (1/25/22)—A bill to provide a child tax credit for pregnant moms with respect to their unborn children, and for other purposes. 
 
H.R. 6507—Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX)/Ways and Means (1/25/22)—A bill to allow for the establishment of child health savings accounts, and for other purposes. 

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