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Weekly Legislative Update: November 8, 2021

Congressional Schedule: November 8-12, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate is in recess this week.

The House has a committee work period this week and no scheduled votes.


Civil Rights- On Tuesday, the House Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials will hold a hearing, “Does Discrimination Exist in Federal Passenger Rail Contracting?” The hearing will examine gender and racial bias in federal rail contracting programs.

Bills Introduced: November 1-5, 2021


H.R. 5808—Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)/Ways and Means (11/1/21)—A bill to make available parental leave benefits to parents following the birth or adoption of a child, and for other purposes.


H.R. 5872—Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY)/Energy and Commerce (11/4/21)—A bill to treat as misbranded cosmetics with packaging or labeling using the term “natural” unless the cosmetic meets certain standards, and for other purposes.


H. Con. Res. 57—Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN)/Foreign Affairs (11/1/21)—A concurrent resolution celebrating the first anniversary of the coalition of signatory countries to the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family.


S. 3180—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)/Armed Services (11/4/21)—A bill to make transitional compensation available to dependents of members of the Armed Forces convicted of dependent abuse in federal or state court and dependents of members accused of dependent abuse who have forfeited all pay and allowances for an unrelated offense. The bill would permit victims of domestic violence to be eligible for transitional compensation.


H.R. 5893—Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)/Education and Labor (11/5/21)—A bill to provide grants to local educational agencies to encourage girls and underrepresented minorities to pursue studies and careers in STEM fields.

H. Res. 776—Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)/Science, Space, and Technology (11/5/21)—A resolution expressing the support of the House of Representatives for continued efforts to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, especially for girls and minority students, in order to diversify and expand the opportunities available to all Americans in the global market and to bolster the vitality of the United State economy.

Violence Against Women

S. 3143—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Judiciary (11/2/21)—A bill to prohibit the enforcement of predispute arbitration agreements with respect to claims of sexual assault and to ensure that fair procedures are used in arbitrations involving sexual harassment claims.

H.R. 5842—Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)/Education and Labor; Ways and Means; Judiciary; House Administration; Oversight and Reform; Financial Services (11/3/21)—A bill to deter, prevent, reduce, and respond to harassment in the workplace, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and harassment based on protected categories; and to modify the tax treatment of amounts related to employment discrimination and harassment in the workplace, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and harassment based on protected categories.