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Weekly Legislative Update October 5 – October 9, 2020


The Senate is in recess until October 19.  

The House is in recess until November 16, subject to change if votes are scheduled.  



H.R. 8498—Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ)/Judiciary (10/1/20)—A bill to criminalize any abortion or sterilization procedure performed without the informed consent of the person on whom such procedure is performed, and for other purposes.  

Child Protection  

S. 4787—Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ)/Indian Affairs (10/1/20)—A bill to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.

H.R. 8454—Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)/Energy and Commerce (9/30/20)—A bill to establish a National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention, and for other purposes.  

H.R. 8469—Rep. Don Young (R-AK)/Natural Resources (9/30/20)—A bill to extend the deadline for a report by the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, and for other purposes.  


H.R. 8458—Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)/Financial Services (9/30/20)—A bill to require public companies to provide sexual harassment claim disclosures in certain reports, to require public companies to implement mandatory sexual harassment training, and for other purposes.  

H.R. 8465—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Foreign Affairs; Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; House Administration; Judiciary (9/30/20)—A bill to require the secretary of State to develop policy and procedures on prevention and response to harassment, discrimination, sexual assault, and related retaliation, and for other purposes.  

Family Support  

S. 4770—Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)/Finance (9/30/20)—A bill to provide for a Family Crisis Cash Assistance Program, and for other purposes. 

H.R. 8499—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Agriculture (10/1/20)—A bill to permit the use of benefits to purchase diapering supplies for small children. 


S. 4769—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (9/30/20)—A bill to improve the public health response to addressing maternal mortality and morbidity during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

H. Res.1160—Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA)/Energy and Commerce (9/30/20) —A resolution expressing support for the designation of September 2020 as “Pain Awareness Month,” and recognizing the disproportionate impact of migraine disease and headache disorders on women. 

H.R. 8436—Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)/Ways and Means (10/1/20)—A bill to prohibit discrimination in health care and require the provision of equitable health care, and for other purposes. 


H. Res. 1156—Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)/Judiciary—A resolution condemning attacks on Judge Amy Coney Barrett. 


S. 4744—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)/Energy and Natural Resources (9/29/20)—A bill to authorize the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to establish the Republic of Texas Legation Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

S. Res. 726—Sen. David Purdue (R-GA)/Judiciary (9/29/20)—A resolution honoring Rosalynn Smith Carter’s 50 years of mental health advocacy.

S. 4762—Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)/Considered and agreed to (9/30/20)—A bill to designate the airport traffic control tower located at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the “Senator Kay Hagan Airport Traffic Control Tower.” 

H.R. 8453—Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)/Oversight and Reform (9/30/20)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston, Texas, as the “Vanessa Guillen Post Office Building.”  

Reproductive Health  

H.R. 8442—Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-NY)/Energy and Commerce (9/29/20)—A bill to provide for activities to increase the awareness and knowledge of health care providers and women with respect to ovarian and cervical cancer, and for other purposes.  

S. Res. 727—Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)/Judiciary (9/30/20)—A resolution designating September 2020 as “National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.”


S. 4753—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Veterans’ Affairs (9/29/20)—A bill to require the secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program to furnish doula services to veterans. 

Violence Against Women  

H.Res. 1168—Rep. Al Green (D-TX)/Education and Labor (10/1/20)—A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of October as ‘‘National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”