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Weekly Legislative Update: March 15, 2021

Congressional Schedule: March 15-19, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate is in session this week.

Child Protection- This week, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 485, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).

Civil Rights- The House will consider H. J. Res. 17, a resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Crime- The House also will consider H.R. 1652, the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021, which includes provisions to ensure that survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes continue to receive vital services. 

Violence Against Women- The House will consider H.R. 1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. 

Hearings: 

Employment- On Thursday, the House Education and Labor Subcommittees on Civil Rights and Human Services, and Workforce Protection will hold a joint hearing, “Fighting for Fairness: Examining Legislation to Confront Workplace Discrimination.”

Also on Thursday, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion will hold a hearing, “By the Numbers: How Diversity Data Can Measure Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” 

International- On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber will hold a hearing, “Women Leading the Way: The Democratic Movement in Belarus.”

Veterans- On Thursday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing, “Beyond Deborah Sampson: Improving Healthcare for America’s Women Veterans in the 117th Congress.” 


Bills Introduced: March 8-12, 2021

Child Protection 

H.R. 1606—Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX)/Education and Labor (3/8/21)—A bill to require a study and report on marital age of consent. 

H.R. 1666—Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA)/Education and Labor (3/8/21)—A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require a study and report on state mandatory reporting laws.

H.R. 1688—Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)/Natural Resources (3/9/21)—A bill to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.

H.R. 1781—Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)/Energy and Commerce (3/10/21)—A bill to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

S. 734—Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/11/21)—A bill to provide for grants in support of training and education to teachers and other school employees, students, and the community about how to prevent, recognize, respond to, and report child sexual abuse among primary and secondary school students.

H.R. 1865—Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA)/Education and Labor (3/11/21)—A bill to provide for grants in support of training and education to teachers and other school employees, students, and the community about how to prevent, recognize, respond to, and report child sexual abuse among primary and secondary school students.

Crime

H.R. 1652—Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)/Judiciary (3/8/21)—A bill to deposit certain funds into the Crime Victims Fund, to waive matching requirements, and for other purposes.

Family Support

S. 643—Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)/Finance (3/9/21)—A bill to reduce child poverty in the United States, and for other purposes. 

H.R. 1753—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/Agriculture (3/10/21)—A bill to repeal the particular work requirement that disqualifies able-bodied adults for eligibility to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

Health 

S. 699—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/11/21)—A bill to require a review of women and lung cancer, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1800—Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA)/Energy and Commerce (3/11/21)—A bill to require a review of women and lung cancer, and for other purposes.

International

H.R. 1644—Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)/Foreign Affairs (3/8/21)—A bill to prohibit the use of funds for the 2026 World Cup unless the United States Soccer Federation provides equitable pay to the members of the United States Women’s National Team and the United States Men’s National Team.

H.R. 1661—Rep. David Trone (D-MA)/Foreign Affairs (3/8/21)—A bill to support and expand civic engagement and political leadership of adolescent girls around the world, and other purposes. 

H. Res. 192—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)/Foreign Affairs (3/8/21)—A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate should give its advice and consent to the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

H. Res. 196—Rep. Jackie Speier (3/8/21)/Foreign Affairs (3/8/21)—A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of taking a feminist approach to all aspects of foreign policy, including foreign assistance and humanitarian response, trade, diplomacy, defense, immigration, funding, and accountability mechanisms.

S. 634—Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)/Foreign Relations (3/9/21)—A bill to support and expand civic engagement and political leadership of adolescent girls around the world, and other purposes. 

S. Res. 100—Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)/Foreign Relations (3/9/21)—A resolution supporting the goals of International Women’s Day. 

H.R. 1670—Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)/Foreign Affairs (3/9/21)—A bill to authorize the use of funds for comprehensive reproductive health care services, and for other purposes. 

H. Res. 225—Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)/Foreign Affairs (3/11/21)—A resolution affirming the role of the United States in improving access to quality, inclusive public education and improved learning outcomes for children and adolescents, particularly for girls, in the poorest countries through the Global Partnership for Education. 

Miscellaneous

H.R. 1648—Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-NY)/Financial Services (3/8/21)—A bill to require the secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

S. 663—Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)/Rules and Administration (3/10/21)—A bill to direct the Joint Committee on the Library, in accordance with section 1831 of the Revised Statutes, to accept a statue depicting Harriet Tubman from the Harriet Tubman Statue Commission of Maryland and display the statue in a prominent location in the Capitol.

S. 692—Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)/Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (3/10/21/)—A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the female telephone operators of the Army Signal Corps, known as the “Hello Girls.” 

S. 697—Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)/Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (3/11/21)—A bill to require the secretary of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in recognition of the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth.

S. Res. 106—Sen. Tammy Duckworth/Passed in Senate (3/11/21)—A resolution recognizing Girl Scouts of the United States of America on its 109th birthday and celebrating its legacy of fostering civic action and community service among girls and creating leaders in Gold Award Girl Scouts, including the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts.

H.R. 1842—Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)/Financial Services (3/11/21)—A bill to require the secretary of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in recognition of the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth.

H. Res. 228—Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)/Oversight and Reform (3/11/21)—A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Women’s History Month. 

H. Res. 231—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)/Oversight and Reform (3/12/21)—A resolution recognizing Girl Scouts of the United States of America on its 109th birthday and celebrating its legacy of fostering civic action and community service among girls and creating leaders in Gold Award Girl Scouts, including the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. 

STEM

H. Res. 230—Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)/Oversight and Reform (3/12/21)—A resolution supporting the designation of the month of March 2021 as “Eddie Bernice Johnson Black Women in Science and Technology Month.”

Violence Against Women

H.R. 1620—Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)/Judiciary; Financial Services; Ways and Means; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce; Veterans’ Affairs; Natural Resources (3/8/21)—A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1882—Rep. Vincete Gonzalez (D-TX)/Financial Services (3/12/21)—A bill to amend the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 to include the rural development voucher program as a  covered housing program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1892—Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)/Judiciary; Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Financial Services (3/12/21)—A bill to reauthorize Department of Justice programs that combat violence against women, and for other purposes. 

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