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Weekly Legislative Update: July 26, 2021

Congressional Schedule: July 26-30, 2021

Floor Action:

The House and Senate are in session this week.

Appropriations- On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4502, a “minibus” spending package that includes, among other provisions, the FY2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Rural Development, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bills.

Also on Tuesday, the House may consider the H.R. 4346, the FY2022 Legislative Branch spending bill; H.R. 4373, the FY2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act; and H.R. 4505, the FY 2022 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Military- On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider several bills, including H.R. 2365, the Gold Star Mothers Family Monument Extension Act, as amended.

Mark-Ups:

International- On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up legislation, including S. 2297, the International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act of 2021, which contains important provisions to identify obstacles to health care access and improve health outcomes for women and girls.

Also on Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including H. Res. 497, a resolution condemning the murder of Alireza Fazeli Monfared and the practice of so called “honor killings” in Iran, and H. Res. 547, a resolution calling for the continued support of Afghan women and girls after the drawdown of American troops.

Military- On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel will mark up the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Veterans- On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will mark up legislation, including S. 1863, the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access for Personnel who Served Act, which contains provisions to address women veterans and military sexual trauma, and S. 2102, the Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environments (SERVICE) Act of 2021, which would provide mammography screening for veterans who served in locations associated with toxic exposure.

Hearings:

Family Support- On Wednesday, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services will hold a hearing, “Food for Thought: Examining Federal Nutrition Programs for Young Children and Infants.”


BILLS INTRODUCED: July 19-23, 2021

 Abortion

 S. 2408—Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/21/21)—A bill to prohibit the award of federal funds to an institution of higher education that hosts or is affiliated with a student-based service site that provides abortion drugs or abortions to students of the institution or to employees of the institution or site, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4607—Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX)/Education and Labor (7/21/21)—A bill to prohibit the award of federal funds to an institution of higher education that hosts or is affiliated with a student-based service site that provides abortion drugs or abortions to students of the institution or to employees of the institution or site, and for other purposes.

Civil Rights

H.R. 4581—Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)/Oversight and Reform (7/20/21)—A bill to provide for the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Mamie Till-Mobley, and for other purposes.

Employment

 S. 2390—Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/20/21)—A bill to allow Americans to receive paid leave time to process and address their own health needs and the health needs of their partners during the period following a pregnancy loss, an unsuccessful round of intrauterine insemination or of an assisted reproductive technology procedure, a failed adoption arrangement, a failed surrogacy arrangement, or a diagnosis or event that impacts pregnancy or fertility, to support related research and education, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4576—Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)/Education and Labor; House Administration; Oversight and Reform; Judiciary (7/20/21)—A bill to allow Americans to receive paid leave time to process and address their own health needs and the health needs of their partners during the period following a pregnancy loss, an unsuccessful round of intrauterine insemination or of an assisted reproductive technology procedure, a failed adoption arrangement, a failed surrogacy arrangement, or a diagnosis or event that impacts pregnancy or fertility, to support related research and education, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4589—Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX)/Foreign Affairs (7/21/21)—A bill to establish in the Department of State a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and to promote increased diversity and inclusion in the Foreign Service, and for other purposes.

Family Support

 H.R. 4532—Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV)/Ways and Means (7/19/21)—A bill to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] recipients.

H.R. 4539—Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)/Ways and Means (7/19/21)—A bill to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to target funds to truly needy families.

H.R. 4543—Rep. Jackie Walorski R-IN)/Ways and Means (7/19/21)—A bill to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to provide coordinated case management services for TANF recipients.

Health

H. Res. 536—Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)/Energy and Commerce (7/19/21)—A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of July 19 through July 25, 2021, as “Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week,” and supporting the goals and ideals of raising awareness and understanding of maternal mental health conditions as they affect Black individuals.

H. Res. 539—Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA)/Energy and Commerce (7/19/21)—A resolution recognizing the maternal health crisis in the United States and the importance of reducing mortality and morbidity among all women, and honoring mothers.

S. 2412—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Finance (7/21/21)—A bill to protect coverage for screening mammography, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4595 —Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA)/Energy and Commerce (7/21/21)—A bill to require the secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a program to provide health care coverage to low-income adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid.

H.R. 4612—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Veterans’ Affairs (7/21/21)—A bill to protect coverage for screening mammography, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 545—Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)/Energy and Commerce (7/21/21)—A resolution supporting the ideals of Bump Day, a global advocacy day for maternal health, and reaffirming United States leadership to end preventable maternal deaths in the United States and globally.

International

H. Res. 574—Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC)/Foreign Affairs (7/21/21)—A resolution calling for the continued support of Afghan women and girls after the drawdown of American troops.

Miscellaneous

H. Res. 311—Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)/Considered and Agreed to (7/21/21)—A resolution congratulating the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde

Reproductive Health

S. 2444—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/22/21)—A bill to provide for research and education with respect to uterine fibroids, and for other purposes.

Sports

H. Res. 546—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)/Education and Labor (7/21/21)—A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Women’s National Soccer Team and the United States Men’s National Soccer Team should receive equal pay for equal work.

Social Security

S. 2446—Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/22/21)—A bill to provide for greater spousal protection under defined contribution plans, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4678—Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)/ Education and Labor; Ways and Means; Financial Services (7/22/21)—A bill to provide for greater spousal protection under defined contribution plans, and for other purposes.

Veterans

H.R. 4571—Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA)/Veterans’ Affairs (7/20/21)—A bill to direct the under secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide mammography screening for veterans who served in locations associated with toxic exposure.

H.R. 4625—Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI)/Veterans’ Affairs (7/22/21)—A bill to clarify and improve the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

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