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Weekly Legislative Update: October 25, 2021

Congressional Schedule: October 25-29, 2021

Floor Action:

The House and Senate are in session this week.

Budget- On Wednesday, the House may consider the Build Back Better Act, which includes funding relating to universal paid family and medical leave, an expanded child tax credit, and child care access and equity.

Employment- Also on Wednesday, the House may consider H.R. 3992, the Protect Older Job Applicants Act of 2021, and the Senate amendment to H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which contains provisions to address women-owned businesses and women in the trucking industry, among other provisions.

Violence Against Women- On Tuesday, the House will consider H.R. 2119, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021.


Child Protection- On Wednesday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is scheduled to mark up H.R. 1688, the Native American Child Protection Act, a bill to reauthorize and update child abuse and family violence prevention programs aimed at Indian families.

Violence Against Women- Also on Wednesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will mark up several bills, including H.R. 5706, the Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider several bills, including S. 2342, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021. 


Health- On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing, “Caring for America: Legislation to Support Patients, Caregivers, and Providers,” to discuss several bills, including H.R. 1474, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act.

Human Trafficking- On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights will hold a hearing, “Combatting Global Human Trafficking.”

Small Business- On Wednesday, the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will hold a hearing, “Women Entrepreneurs: An Economic Growth Engine for America.”

Also on Wednesday, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hearing, “A Review of the SBIC Program.” The hearing includes a discussion on the underrepresentation of women in the venture capital industry and how the SBIC program can help increase the presence of women fund managers. 

Veterans- On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing, “A Whole of Government Approach in Support of Servicewomen.”

Bills Introduced: October 18-22, 2021

Child Protection

S. 2987—Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)/Homeland Security; Governmental Affairs (10/18/2021)—A bill to deny federal retirement benefits to individuals convicted of child sex abuse.


H. Res. 737—Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL)/Education and Labor (10/21/2021)—A resolution expressing support for the designation of October 25, 2021, as “National Beauty and Wellness Education Day,” by promoting the importance of the nation’s licensed beauty and wellness professionals and the valued role of institutions of higher education that educate students for careers in the thriving beauty and wellness sector.


H. Con. Res. 55—Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM)/Education and Labor (10/21/2021)—A concurrent resolution recognizing the significance of equal pay and the disparity in wages paid to Latina women in comparison to men.

Family Support

S. 2997—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)/Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (10/19/2021)—A bill to prohibit a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for eligibility in nutrition programs. This bill would impact programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program.

Human Trafficking

S. 2989—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (10/18/2021)—A bill to enhance the Blue Campaign of the Department of Homeland Security to combat human trafficking, and for other purposes.

S. 2991—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (10/18/2021)—A bill to establish a Department of Homeland Security Center for Countering Human Trafficking, and for other purposes.


S. 3016—Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)/Armed Services (10/20/21)—A bill to address out-of-pocket inequities related to military service uniforms, and for other purposes.


H. Res. 725—Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)/Oversight and Reform (10/19/21)—A resolution honoring the 75th anniversary of The Links, Incorporated.

Tax Policy

H.R. 5644—Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)/Ways and Means (10/20/2021)—A bill to allow refunds of federal motor fuel excise taxes on fuels used in mobile mammography vehicles.


S. 3025—Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)/Veterans’ Affairs (10/20/2021)—A bill to expand health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs for military sexual trauma, and for other purposes.

H.R. 5666—Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)/Veterans’ Affairs; Armed Services (10/21/2021)—A bill to expand health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs for military sexual trauma and for other purposes.

Violence Against Women

S. Res. 421—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Considered and agreed to (10/18/2021)—A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.