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Weekly Legislative Update: July 27, 2020

Congressional Schedule: July 27-31, 2020

Floor Action:
 
Appropriations- The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 7617, a bill that includes the FY2021 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies spending bills.
 
Child Care- The House also is scheduled to consider H.R. 7027, the Child Care is Essential Act, and H.R. 7327, the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act.
 
The Senate is in session this week.
 

Mark-Ups:

Employment- On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee will consider several bills, including H.R. 6636, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Improvements Act of 2020.

Hearings:
 
Human Trafficking- On Tuesday, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittees on Investigations on Oversight and Research and Technology will hold a joint hearing, “The Role of Technology in Countering Trafficking in Persons.”
 
International- On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will holding a hearing, “Diversity and Diplomacy: Assessing the State Department’s Record in Promoting Diversity and Inclusion.”
 

Military- On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel will hold a hearing, “The Military’s #MeToo Movement: An Examination of Sexual Harassment and Perceived Retaliation in the Department of Defense and at Fort Hood.”


Bills Introduced: July 20 – July 24

Child Care
 
H.R. 7683—Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA)/Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services (7/20/20)—A bill to make projects that directly or indirectly increase the accessibility of affordable, quality child care eligible for certain grants, and for other purposes.
 
S. 4221—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/20/20)—A bill to provide for grants to support the provision of child care by reopening and maintaining the operation of child care programs.
 
H.R. 7720—Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-CA)/Education and Labor (7/22/20)—A bill to permit child care providers that receive payment for services provided under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to use a portion of such payment to pay the cost of sanitization and other costs associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency, necessary to protect the health of participating children and child care workers.
 
H.R. 7726—Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL)/Education and Labor (7/22/20)—A bill to permit child care providers that receive payment for services provided under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to use a portion of such payment to purchase personal protective equipment, and other equipment, necessary to protect the health of participating children and child care workers.
 
H.R. 7776—Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK)/Education and Labor (7/24/20)—A bill to permit child care providers that receive payment for services provided under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to use a portion of such payment to purchase mental health supports necessary to protect the health of participating children and child care workers.
 
H.R. 7778—Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD)/Education and Labor (7/24/20)—A bill to provide for grants to support access to child care through the establishment and operation of child care programs by businesses.
 
Employment
 
S. 4316—Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)/Finance (7/23/20)—A bill to provide federal reimbursement of qualified state paid leave programs, and for other purposes.
 
H.R. 7739—Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL)/Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; House Administration (7/23/20)—A bill to establish eligibility requirements for education support professionals under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and for other purposes.
 
H.R. 7744—Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA)/Education and Labor (7/23/20)—A bill to provide federal reimbursement of qualified state paid leave programs, and for other purposes.
 
Family Support
 
H.R. 7725—Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)/Ways and Means (7/22/20)—A bill to allow states to use incentive payments available under the child support enforcement program to improve parent-child relationships, increase child support collections, and improve outcomes for children by supporting parenting time agreements for noncustodial parents in uncontested agreements, and for other purposes.
 
H.R. 7764—Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)/Education and Labor (7/23/20—A bill to temporarily modify child nutrition programs due to COVID-19, and for other purposes.
 
Health
 
S. 4246—Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/21/20)—A bill to provide that the rules entitled, “Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act,” and “Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act,” shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes.
 
S. 4269—Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (7/22/20)—A bill to improve maternal health and promote safe motherhood.
 
Judiciary
 
H.R. 7718—Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)/Judiciary (7/22/20)—A bill to address the health needs of incarcerated women related to pregnancy and childbirth, and for other purposes.
 
Small Business/Entrepreneurship
 
H.R. 7773—Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA)/Small Business (7/24/20)—A bill to establish an Office of Emerging Markets within the Small Business Administration that will strengthen the development of small business concerns in emerging markets, such as those owned by women; socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or enrolled members of a federally or state recognized Indian tribe), Asian Pacific Americans, and other minorities; veterans; and those located in rural areas, and for other purposes.
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