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Weekly Legislative Update: May 17, 2021

Congressional Schedule: May 17-21, 2021

The House and Senate are in session this week. 

Floor Action:

Civil Rights- On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider H. Res. 275, a resolution condemning the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021, and reaffirming the House of Representative’s commitment to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. 

International- On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1157, the Department of State Authorization Act of 2021, which includes many provisions relating to expanding opportunities and protections for women and girls. 

STEM- On Monday, the House will consider several bills, including H.R. 204, STEM Opportunities Act, and H.R. 2695, Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act.

Veterans- Also on Monday, the House will consider H.R. 2704, the Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act of 2021.

Hearings:

Employment- On Tuesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing, “Paid Leave for Working Families: Examining Access, Options, and Impacts.”

On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions.” The hearing will discuss several bills, including the Diversity in Financial Regulatory Advisory Committees Act (as-yet-unnumbered), and the Federal Reserve Bank Board Diversity Act (as-yet-unnumbered).

Small Business and Entrepreneurship- On Wednesday, the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will hold a hearing, “Realizing the Vision of Parren Mitchell—Untapping the Potential of Minority and Women Contracting.”


Bills Introduced: May 10-14, 2021

Civil Rights

H.R. 3179—Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC)/Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform (5/13/21)—A bill to codify Executive Order 13950 (relating to combating race and sex stereotyping), and for other purposes.

H.R. 3235—Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT)/Oversight and Reform; Education and Labor; Armed Services (5/14/21)—A bill to restrict executive agencies from acting in contravention of Executive Order 13950.

H.R. 3249—Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA)/Oversight and Reform (5/14/21)—A bill to codify the policy of Executive Order 13950 (relating to combating race and sex stereotyping), and for other purposes.

Employment

S. 1528—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (5/10/21)—A bill to repeal certain limits on leave for married individuals employed by the same employer.

H.R. 3077—Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)/Oversight and Reform (5/11/21)—A bill to require mail-in ballots to use the United States Postal Service barcode service, to provide paid parental leave to officers and employees of the Postal Service, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3110—Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)/Education and Labor (5/11/21)—A bill to expand access to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3229—Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)/Education and Labor (5/13/21)—A bill to provide protections against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and for other purposes.

Family Support

S. 1569—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)/Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (5/11/21)—A bill to expand the eligibility of students to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), establish college student food insecurity demonstration programs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3100—Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)/Education and Labor; Agriculture (5/11/21)—A bill to expand the eligibility of students to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), establish college student food insecurity demonstration programs, and for other purposes.

Health

S. 1542—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Finance (5/10/21)—A bill to improve Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income mothers.

H.R. 3087—Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means (5/11/21)—A bill to provide coverage for custom fabricated breast prostheses following a mastectomy.

H.R. 3126—Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform (5/11/21)—A bill to provide for a special enrollment period for pregnant women, and for other purposes.

S. Res. 207—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)/Judiciary (5/12/21)—A resolution designating the week beginning November 8, 2021, as “National Pregnancy Center Week” to recognize the vital role that community-supported pregnancy centers play in saving lives and serving women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions.

S. Res. 209—Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)/Considered and agreed to (5/12/21)—A resolution recognizing the work and contributions of doulas towards improving pregnancy, birth, and postpartum outcomes.

H. Res. 389—Rep. Bob Good (D-VA)/Energy and Commerce (5/12/21)—A resolution designating the week beginning November 8, 2021, as “National Pregnancy Center Week” to recognize the vital role that community-supported pregnancy centers play in saving lives and serving women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions.

S. 1622—Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)/Finance (5/13/21)—A bill to provide states with the option to provide coordinated care through a pregnancy medical home for high-risk pregnant women, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 395—Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)/Energy and Commerce (5/13/21)—A resolution recognizing the work and contributions of doulas towards improving pregnancy, birth, and postpartum outcomes.

Human Trafficking

H.R. 3094—Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA)/Financial Services; Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means (5/11/21)—A bill to require the secretary of the Treasury to designate a coordinator for Human Trafficking Issues within the Department of the Treasury, and for other purposes.

International

S. 1642—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Foreign Relations (5/13/21)—A bill to require the secretary of State to submit a report on the status of women and girls in Afghanistan, and for other purposes.

Military

S. 1532—Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)/Finance (5/10/21)—A bill to provide a work opportunity tax credit for military spouses and to provide for flexible spending arrangements for child care services for uniformed services families.

S. 1571—Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)/Armed Services (5/11/21)—A bill to      expand parental leave for members of the Armed Forces, to reduce the service commitment required for participation in the career intermission program of a military department, and for other purposes. 

S. 1572—Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)/Armed Services (5/11/21)—A bill to expand child care opportunities for members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3121—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Armed Services (5/11/21)—A bill to expand child care opportunities for members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3122— Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Armed Services (5/11/21)—A bill to expand parental leave for members of the Armed Forces, to reduce the service commitment required for participation in the career intermission program of a military department, and for other purposes.

S. 1611—Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)/Armed Services (5/13/21)—A bill to improve the responses of the Department of Defense to sex-related offenses, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3224—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Armed Services (5/13/21)—A bill to improve the responses of the Department of Defense to sex-related offenses, and for other purposes.

Miscellaneous 

H. Res. 385—Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)/Oversight and Reform (5/12/21)—A resolution honoring the life and legacy of award-winning children’s author Beverly Cleary.

Tax Policy

H.R. 3216—Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)/Ways and Means (5/13/21)—A bill to create parity for unmarried individuals and heads of household with respect to the temporary 2021 income phase-outs in the child tax credit.

H.R. 3247—Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)/Oversight and Reform; Ways and Means (5/14/21)—A bill to limit the amount that the portion of a taxpayer’s tax refund attributable to the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit may be reduced by reason of student loan debt.

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