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Weekly Legislative Update: October 21, 2019

Congressional Schedule

Floor Action:

Appropriations-This week, the Senate may consider a package of FY2020 spending bills yet to be determined.

Crime- On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 777, the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act.

Small Business- On Monday, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4405, the Women’s Business Centers Improvement Act, and H.R. 4406, the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act.


Employment- On Tuesday, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services will hold a hearing, “Long Overdue: Exploring the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694).”

Veterans- On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on several bills, including H.R. 4165, the Improving Benefits for Underserved Veterans Act.”

Bills Introduced


H. Res. 634—Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)/Rules (10/16/19)—A resolution providing for the consideration of S. 820, the Debbie Smith Act of 2019, to strengthen programs authorized under the Debbie Smith Act of 2004.


H.R. 4738—Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI)/Education and Labor (10/18/19)—A bill to provide protections against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and for other purposes.


H.R. 4701—Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means (10/16/19)—A bill to expand access to health care services, including sexual, reproductive, and maternal health services, for immigrants by removing legal and policy barriers to health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.

S. 2633—Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)/Finance (10/17/19)—A bill to provide coverage for wigs as durable medical equipment under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 643—Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)/Energy and Commerce (10/18/19)—A resolution recognizing women’s cardiovascular health as a critical health care priority that affects every state and contributes to increased health care costs, and promoting the necessity of increased awareness of, and education on, the symptoms for heart disease among women, gender-specific cardiovascular disease research, and policy action to alleviate the risks of heart disease among women.


H.R. 4722—Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)/Foreign Affairs (10/17/19)—A bill to authorize contributions to the United Nations Population Fund, and for other purposes.


S. Res. 364—Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)/Considered and agreed to (10/17/19)— A resolution congratulating the Washington Mystics on winning the 2019 Women’s National Basketball Association championship.

H. Res. 638—Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)/Oversight and Reform 910/17/19)—A resolution congratulating the Washington Mystics on winning the 2019 Women’s National Basketball Association championship.

H. Res. 645—Rep. David Trone (D-MD)/Education and Labor (10/18/19)—A resolution expressing support for the designation of October 11, 2019, as the Day of the Girl Child in the United States, and celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child in the United States.

Violence Against Women

S. 2647—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (10/17/19)—A bill to address federal employees and contractors who commit sexual assault.

H.R. 4758—Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Judiciary (10/18/19)—A bill to require the secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a national sexual assault care and treatment task force; and for other purposes.