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Weekly Legislative Update: May 20, 2019

Congressional Schedule: May 20-24, 2019

Floor Action:

Child Protection- On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2480, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

International- On Monday, the House also is scheduled to consider H.R. 615, the Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act, and H. Res. 106, a resolution denouncing female genital mutilation/cutting as a violation of human rights of women and girls.

Mark-Ups:

Appropriations- On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the FY2020 Defense spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

Military- On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel is scheduled to mark up its portion of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (as-yet-unnumbered).

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to consider the FY2020 NDAA.

Hearings:

Employment- On Tuesday, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, Protection, and Innovation will hold a hearing, “Growing and Diversifying the Cyber Talent Pipeline.”

On Thursday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold a hearing, “Mission Imperative: Diversity and Inclusion in the Intelligence Community.”

Veterans- On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on several bills, including S. 318, the VA Newborn Treatment Act, and S. 514, the Deborah Sampson Act.


Bills Introduced: May 13-17, 2019

Abortion

H.R. 2817—Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX)/Judiciary (5/16/19)—A bill to prohibit taking minors across state lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Education

S. 1483—Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (5/15/19)—A bill to require institutions of higher education to have an independent advocate for campus sexual assault prevention and response.

Employment

H.R. 2694—Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)/Education and Labor; House Administration; Oversight and Reform; Judiciary (5/14/19)—A bill to eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.

Family Support

H.R. 2809—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/Agriculture (5/16/19)—A bill to repeal the particular work requirement that disqualifies able-bodied adults for eligibility to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Health

S. 1438—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (5/14/19)—A bill to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.

H.R. 2689—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Oversight and Reform; Energy and Commerce; Armed Services (5/14/19)—A bill to extend the authority of the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal to raise funds for breast cancer research.

H.R. 2693—Rep. John Larson (D-CT)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means (5/14/19)—A bill to improve access to, and utilization of, bone mass measurement benefits under Part B of the Medicare program by establishing a minimum payment amount under such part for bone mass measurement.

H.R. 2701—Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)/Energy and Commerce (5/14/19)—A bill to authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to support the access of marginalized youth to sexual health services, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2720—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor (5/14/19)—A bill to provide for the overall health and well-being of young people, including the promotion of lifelong sexual health and healthy relationships, and for other purposes.

S. 1481—Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)/Finance (5/15/19)—A bill to amend Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide for a special enrollment period for pregnant women, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2751—Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)/Energy and Commerce (5/15/19)—A bill to provide coverage under the Medicaid program for services provided by doulas and midwives, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2777—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Veterans’ Affairs (5/15/19)—A bill to protect coverage for screening mammography, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2778—Rep. Bonnie Watson Colemean (D-NJ)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Oversight and Reform; Education and Labor (5/15/19)—A bill to amend Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide for a special enrollment period for pregnant women, and for other purposes.

S. 1524—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (5/16/19)—A bill to provide for the overall health and well-being of young people, including the promotion of lifelong sexual health and healthy relationships, and for other purposes.

S. 1530—Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (5/1/19)—A bill to authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to support the access of marginalized youth to sexual health services, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2822—Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)/Energy and Commerce (5/17/19)—A bill to provide for an extension of funding for family-to-family health information centers, and for other purposes.

International

H.R. 2836—Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)/Foreign Affairs (5/17/19)—A bill to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2020 through 2022 to provide assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras through bilateral compacts to increase protection of women and children in their homes and communities and reduce female homicides, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Military

S. 1495—Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ)/Armed Services (5/15/19)—A bill to enhance the prevention of sexual assault and related offenses in the Armed Forces, to enhance protections of victims of such offenses, to improve the investigation and prosecution of such offenses, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2767—Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)/Armed Services (5/15/19)—A bill to provide for eating disorders treatment for members and certain former members of the uniformed services, and dependents of such members, and for other purposes.

S. 1500—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Armed Services (5/16/19)—A bill to improve and enhance protections for members of the Armed Forces who are victims of a sex-related or domestic violence offense, and for other purposes.

S. 1526—Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)/Armed Services (5/16/19)—A bill to enhance efforts to prevent sexual assault in the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

Miscellaneous

S. Res. 212—Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)/Judiciary (5/16/19)—A resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, providing for women’s suffrage, to the Constitution of the United States.

Reproductive Health

H.R. 2803—Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)/Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Reform; Armed Services; Veterans’ Affairs (5/16/19)—A bill to require health insurance coverage for the treatment of infertility.

Tax Policy

H.R. 2742—Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)/Ways and Means (5/15/19)—A bill to provide that amounts paid for an abortion are not taken into account for purposes of the deduction for medical expenses.

Veterans

H.R. 2752—Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX)/Veterans’ Affairs (5/15/19)—A bill to authorize the secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish medically necessary transportation for newborn children of certain women veterans.

H.R. 2798—Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)/Veterans’ Affairs (5/16/19)—A bill to make permanent the pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans newly separated from service in the Armed Forces.

Violence Against Women

S. 1432—Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)/Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (5/13/19)—A bill to direct the director of the Office of Management and Budget to establish an interagency working group to study federal efforts to collect data on sexual violence and to make recommendations on the harmonization of those efforts, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2733—Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)/Judiciary; Natural Resources (5/14/19)—A bill to direct the attorney general to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians, and for other purposes.

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