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Weekly Legislative Update: March 8, 2021

Congressional Schedule: March 8-12, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate is in session this week.

Budget- This week, the House is expected to consider the Senate amendments to H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also known as the Stimulus bill. 

Child Protection- On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 485, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. 

Hearings: 

Child Protection- On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce will hold a hearing, “Kids Online During COVID: Child Safety in an Increasingly Digital Age.” 

Family Support- On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing, “A Look At Food Insecurity in America.” 

Veterans- On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing, “Challenges Facing Veterans in Accessing Fertility Services.” 

On Friday, the Subcommittee also will hold a hearing, “VA Specialty Healthcare: Oversight of Women’s Health, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention, Whole Health and Homelessness.” 


Bills Introduced: March 1-5, 2021

Child Care 

S. 538—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)/Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (3/2/21)—A bill to repeal portions of a regulation issued by the state superintendent of education of the District of Columbia that require child care workers to have a degree, a certificate, or a minimum number of credit hours from an institution of higher education.

H.R. 1509—Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC)/Oversight and Reform (3/2/21)—A bill to repeal portions of a regulation issued by the state superintendent of education of the District of Columbia that require child care workers to have a degree, a certificate, or a minimum number of credit hours from an institution of higher education.

H.R. 1515—Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)/House Administration (3/2/21)—A bill to provide for the treatment of payments for child care and other personal use services as an authorized campaign expenditure, and for other purposes.

Child Protection

H.R. 1566—Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)/Education and Labor; Natural Resources (3/3/21) —A bill to require that equitable distribution of assistance include equitable distribution to Indian tribes and tribal organizations and to increase amounts reserved for allotment to Indian tribes and tribal organizations under certain circumstances, and to provide for a Government Accountability Office report on child abuse and neglect in American Indian tribal communities.

Crime 

S. 611—Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)/Judiciary (3/4/21)—A bill to deposit certain funds into the Crime Victims Fund, to waive matching requirements, and for other purposes.

Employment

S. Res. 87—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/3/21)—A resolution recognizing that the United States needs a Marshall Plan for Moms in order to revitalize and restore mothers in the workforce.

Family Planning/Reproductive Health 

H.R. 1531—Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA)/Energy and Commerce (3/2/21)—A bill to require assurances that certain family planning service projects and programs will provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers.

H.R. 1550—Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)/Energy and Commerce (3/3/21)—A bill to provide for a public awareness campaign with respect to human papillomavirus [HPV], and for other purposes.

Family Support

S. 503—Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)/Finance (3/1/21)—A bill 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. 

S. 534—Sen. John Thune (R-SD)/Finance (3/2/21)—A bill to improve the effectiveness of tribal child support enforcement agencies, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1558—Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)/Oversight and Reform; Ways and Means (3/3/21)—A bill to reduce child poverty in the United States, and for other purposes.

Health

S. 560—Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)/Finance (3/3/21)—A bill to improve coverage of maternal oral health care, and for other purposes. 

S. 584—Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)/Finance (3/3/21)—A bill to provide coverage of medical nutrition therapy services for individuals with eating disorders under the Medicare program.

H.R. 1551—Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means (3/3/21)—A bill to provide coverage of medical nutrition therapy services for individuals with eating disorders under the Medicare program.

H. Res. 185—Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-NY)/Oversight and Reform (3/3/21)—A resolution expressing support for designation of March 3, 2021, as National Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Day.

Human Trafficking

H.R. 1527—Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)/Judiciary (3/2/21)—A bill to establish the Homeland Security Investigations victim assistance program, and for other purposes.

International 

S. Res. 81—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)/Foreign Relations (3/1/21)—A resolution honoring Las Damas de Blanco, a women-led nonviolent movement in support of freedom and human rights in Cuba, and calling for the release of all political prisoners in Cuba.

H.R. 1467—Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)/Foreign Affairs (3/1/21)—A bill to ensure access to menstrual products for Peace Corps volunteers, and for other purposes.

S. Res. 95—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Foreign Relations (3/4/21)—A resolution recognizing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally.

Miscellaneous

S. 514—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Rules and Administration (3/1/21)—A bill to obtain and direct the placement in the Capitol or on the Capitol Grounds of a monument to honor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

H.R. 1455—Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)/Administration (3/1/21)—A bill to obtain and direct the placement in the Capitol or on the Capitol Grounds of a monument to honor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

STEM 

S. Res. 96—Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)/Judiciary (3/4/21)—A resolution designating March 8 through March 14, 2021, as “Women of the Aviation Workforce Week.”

Violence Against Women

S. 527—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Judiciary (3/2/21)—A bill to protect victims of stalking from gun violence.

H.R. 1494—Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)/Judiciary (3/2/21)—A bill to protect victims of stalking from gun violence.

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