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Weekly Legislative Update: March 28, 2022

Congressional Schedule: March 28-April 1, 2022 

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

STEM- This week, the Senate is expected to 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. 

Military- On Tuesday, the House will consider H.R. 6865, the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022. The bill contains provisions on sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Violence Against Women- On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5706, the Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act. 

Women’s History- This week, the House will consider S.3294, a bill to place in the Capitol or on the Capitol Grounds statues to honor Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; S.1226, a bill to designate the “Sylvia H. Rambo United States Courthouse”; and S. 2126, a bill to designate the “Louisa Swain Federal Office Building.” 
 
Mark-Ups: 
 
Women’s History- On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including S. 3884, a bill to designate the “Cora Reynolds Anderson Post Office,” and H.R. 2324, a bill to designate the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office.” 
 
Hearings:  
 
Veterans- On Tuesday, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold a hearing on several bills, including H.R. 6064, a bill to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a review of examinations, furnished by the secretary, to individuals who submit claims to the secretary for compensation for mental and physical conditions linked to military sexual trauma; and a bill that would allow surviving spouses who remarry after ten consecutive years of receipt, or entitlement to, benefits relating to Dependency Indemnity Compensation to retain 50 percent of the amount payable under such provision, and those who remarry after 20 years to retain the full amount (as-yet-unnumbered). 
 
On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on several bills, including the Improving VA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Act (as-yet-unnumbered), and the VA Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Data Improvement Act (as-yet-unnumbered). 


Bills Introduced: March 21-25, 2022  

Abortion 
 
H.R. 7179—Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA)/Judiciary (3/21/22)—A bill to prohibit discrimination by abortion against an unborn child on the basis of Turner syndrome. 
 
Child Care 
 
S.3899—Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/22/21)—A bill to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to reauthorize and update the Act, and for other purposes. 
 
Family Support

S. 3918—Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/24/22)—A bill to establish programs to improve family economic security by breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty, and for other purposes. 

Human Trafficking

H.R. 7181—Rep. Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY)/Judiciary; Transport and Infrastructure (3/21/22)—A bill to direct the secretary of Transportation to seek to provide for the posting of contact information of the national human trafficking hotline in the restrooms of each aircraft, airport, over-the-road bus, bus station, passenger train, and passenger railroad station operating within the United States, and for other purposes. 
 
S. 3898—Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)/Commerce, Science, and Transportation (3/22/22)—A bill to authorize the National Science Foundation to support research on the impact of online social media platforms on the maintenance or expansion of human trafficking, and for other purposes. 
 
S. 3901—Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)/Commerce, Science, and Transportation (3/22/22)—A bill to provide grants to transit operators and airports for human trafficking awareness, education, and prevention efforts, and for other purposes. 
 
Miscellaneous

H. Res. 1001—Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN)/Agriculture (3/24/22)—A resolution expressing support for the designation of March 24, 2022, as “National Women in Agriculture Day.” 
 
Small Business

S. 3896—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Small Business and Entrepreneurship (3/22/22)—A bill relating to small business concerns owned and controlled by women, and for other purposes. 
 
S. 3928—Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA)/Commerce, Science, and Transportation (3/24/22)—A bill to establish a program so that small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals may achieve proficiency to compete, on an equal basis, for contracts and subcontracts in Department of Transportation projects, and for other purposes. 
 
Women’s History

S. 3884—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/Homeland Security and Government Affairs (3/21/22)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 404 U.S. Highway 41 North in Baraga, Michigan, as the “Cora Reynolds Anderson Post Office.” 
 
S. Res. 555—Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)/Considered and agreed to (3/22/22)—A resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States. 

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