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Weekly Legislative Update: May 3-7, 2021

Congressional Schedule: May 3-7, 2021

The Senate is in recess until May 10.

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

Mark-Ups:

Veterans- On Tuesday, the House Veterans Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including H.R. 958, the Protecting Moms Who Served Act; H.R. 239, the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act; and H.R. 2704, the Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act.

Hearings:

Employment- On Monday, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing, “From Excluded to Essential: Tracing the Racist Exclusion of Farmworkers, Domestic Workers, and Tipped Workers from the Fair Labor Standards Act.”

Health- On Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing: “Birthing While Black: Examining America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis.”

Veterans- On Thursday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing, “Transforming the VA Workforce: Assessing Progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives.”


Bills Introduced: April 26-30, 2021

Abortion

H.R. 2849—Rep. Gregory Francis Murphy (R-NC)/Small Business (4/26/21)—A bill to prohibit abortion providers from receiving a covered loan under the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes.

S. 1382—Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS)/Small Business and Entrepreneurship (4/27/21)—A bill to prohibit abortion providers from receiving a covered loan under the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes.

Child Care

S. 1398—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (4/27/21)—A bill to establish universal child care and early learning programs.

H.R. 2886—Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY)/Education and Labor (4/28/21)—A bill to establish universal child care and early learning programs.

Child Protection

S.1483—Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)/Finance (4/29/21)—A bill to require states to review child fatalities from maltreatment, and for other purposes.

S. 1496—Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (4/29/21)—A bill to require the secretary of Health and Human Services to fund demonstration projects to improve recruitment and retention of child welfare workers.

S. 1497—Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (4/29/21)—A bill to ensure protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their families.

Education

S. 1487—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (4/29/21)—A bill to ensure that certain incidents involving a covered employee that are reported to the Title IX coordinator at an eligible institution of higher education have been reviewed by the president of the institution and not less than one additional member of the institution’s board of trustees, and for other purposes.

Employment

H.R. 2865—Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)/Natural Resources (4/28/21)—A bill to address sexual harassment involving National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel, and for other purposes.

Family Support

S. 1469—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (4/29/21)—A bill to meet the needs of homeless children, youth, and families, and honor the assessments and priorities of local communities.

Health

S. 1486—Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (4/29/21)—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.

S. 1491—Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (4/29/21)—A bill to improve obstetric care in rural areas.

International

S. 1451—Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)/Foreign Relations (4/29/21)—A bill to implement policies to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths globally.

Judiciary

H. Res. 363—Rep. Al Green (D-TX)/Judiciary (4/30/21)—A resolution promoting and supporting the goals and ideals of the Fair Housing Act and recognizing April 2021 as Fair Housing Month, which includes bringing attention to the discrimination faced by every-day Americans in the United States in housing and housing-related transactions on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, disability, and religion, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Military

S. 1520—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)/Armed Services (4/29/21)—A bill to reform the disposition of charges and convening of courts-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and increase the prevention of sexual assaults and other crimes in the military.

Miscellaneous

H.R. 2842—Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)/Oversight and Reform (4/26/21)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 4th Street in Petaluma, California, as the “Lynn C. Woolsey Post Office Building.”

S. Res. 187—Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)/Considered and agreed to (4/28/21)—A resolution congratulating the University of Wisconsin Badgers on winning the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.

S. Res. 189—Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)/Considered and agreed to (4/29/21)—A resolution congratulating the University of Kentucky’s Women’s Volleyball Team for winning the 2020 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.

STEM

S. 1379—Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)/Commerce, Science, and Transportation (4/27/21)—A bill to provide for research to better understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment affecting individuals in the scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics workforce and to examine policies to reduce the prevalence and negative impact of such harassment, and for other purposes.

Tax Policy

S.1426—Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)/Finance (4/28/21)—A bill to establish a refundable tax credit for parents.

Violence Against Women

H. Res. 358—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Judiciary (4/28/21)—A resolution recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of ‘‘National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.”

S. Res. 196—Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)/Considered and agreed to (4/29/21)—A resolution designating May 5, 2021, as the “National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.”

H.R. 2906—Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)/Judiciary (4/30/21)—A bill to prohibit the enforcement of predispute arbitration agreements with respect to sexual assault claims.

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