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Weekly Legislative Update: October 4, 2021

Congressional Schedule: October 4-8, 2021

Floor Action:

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

The Senate is in session this week.


Violence Against Women- On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing, “Renewing and Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act.”

Bills Introduced: September 27-October 1, 2021


H.R. 5396—Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)/Education and Labor (9/28/2021)—A bill to amend Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to establish standards of liability for harassment on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.


H.R. 5430—Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means (9/30/2021)—A bill to provide coverage for wigs as durable medical equipment under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.


S. 2878—Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN)/Foreign Affairs (9/28/2021)—A bill to codify in statute the establishment of the Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 694—Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC)/Foreign Affairs (9/30/2021)—A resolution condemning the inhumane treatment and human rights abuses toward women and girls in Afghanistan by Taliban forces through their strict interpretation of Sharia Law.


H.R. 5392—Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT)/Armed Services (9/28/2021)—A bill to allow women to elect to register for the draft.

Reproductive Health

H. Res. 685—Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)/Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs (9/27/2021)—A resolution expressing support for the recognition of September 26, 2021, as “World Contraception Day,” and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding global and domestic access to contraception.

H. Res. 687—Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)/Oversight and Reform (9/28/2021)—A resolution supporting the designation of September 2021 as “National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.”

Violence Against Women

H.R. 5385—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)/Financial Services; Ways and Means; Judiciary; Energy and Commerce (9/27/2021)—A bill to make housing affordable, and for other purposes. The measure contains provisions to protect survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.