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Weekly Legislative Update: May 24, 2021

Congressional Schedule: May 24-28, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate is in session this week.

The House has a committee work period and does not have any scheduled votes.

Mark-Ups:

Employment- On Wednesday, the House Education and Labor Committee will mark up H.R. 2062, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.

Health- On Tuesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will mark up several bills, including S. 1675, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act; S. 1491, the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services Act; and S. 1658, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act.

On Wednesday, the House Education and Labor Committee also will consider H.R. 3110, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act.

Hearings:

Family Support- On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations will hold a hearing, “The Future of SNAP: Moving Past the Pandemic.” 


Bills Introduced: May 17-21, 2021

Family Support

H.R. 3428—Rep. Gregory Murphy (R-NC)/Agriculture; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce (5/20/21)—A bill to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) categorical eligibility for applicants who already receive supplemental assistance elsewhere and for those with assets high enough to not require assistance.

Health

S. 1658—Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (5/17/21)—A bill to expand access to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace, and for other purposes.

S. 1675—Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (5/18/21)—A bill to improve maternal health.

S. 1697—Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (5/19/21)—A bill to address maternity care shortages and promote optimal maternity outcomes by expanding educational opportunities for midwives, and for other purposes.

S. 1716—Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)/Finance (5/19/21)—A bill to require the secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a Medicaid demonstration program to develop and advance innovative payment models for freestanding birth center services for women with a low-risk pregnancy.

H.R. 3337—Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)/Energy and Commerce (5/19/21)—A bill to require the secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a Medicaid demonstration program to develop and advance innovative payment models for freestanding birth center services for women with a low-risk pregnancy, and for other purposes. 

H.R. 3345—Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)/Energy and Commerce (5/19/21)—A bill to promote extended coverage of pregnant and postpartum women under the Medicaid program.

H.R. 3352—Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce (5/19/21)—A bill to address maternity care shortages and promote optimal maternity outcomes by expanding educational opportunities for midwives, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3407—Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor (5/20/21)—A bill to improve federal efforts with respect to the prevention of maternal mortality, and for other purposes.

International

H.R. 3306—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)/Foreign Affairs; Judiciary (5/18/21)—A bill to address state-sanctioned violence against women in the People’s Republic of China, including rape and torture in detention and forced sterilizations, forced abortions, and other coercive birth restriction policies, particularly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and for other purposes.

Small Business/Entrepreneurship

H.R. 3366—Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX)/Small Business; Education and Labor (5/20/21)—A bill to include requirements relating to graduates of career and technical education programs or programs of study for small business development centers and women’s business centers, and for other purposes.

Tax Policy

S. 1670—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Finance (5/18/21)—A bill to provide a nonrefundable credit for working family caregivers.

S. 1772—Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)/Finance (5/20/21)—A bill to increase survivors’ benefits for disabled widows, widowers, and surviving divorced spouses, and for other purposes.

Violence Against Women

S. Res. 222—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Considered and Agreed to (5/18/21)—A resolution recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. 

H. Res. 411—Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)/Natural Resources (5/18/21)—A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives to recognize the crisis of violence against Native women.

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