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Weekly Legislative Update: September 12, 2022

Congressional Schedule: September 12-16, 2022 

Floor Action:

The House and Senate are in session this week.

Child Protection- On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to consider S. 3103, the Eliminating Limits to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims Act of 2022.

Human Trafficking- Also on Tuesday, the House is scheduled to consider S. 4785, a bill to extend by 19 days the authorization for the special assessment for the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund.

Mark-Ups:

Employment- On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up legislation, including S. 4524, the Speak Out Act, a bill to limit the judicial enforceability of predispute nondisclosure and nondisparagement contract clauses relating to disputes involving sexual assault and sexual harassment.

International- On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including H.R. 8446, the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022. This bill contains provisions relating to improving the livelihood of women and adolescent girls.

Military- On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will mark-up the Coast Guard Authorization Act (as-yet-unnumbered). The bill contains provisions to address sexual assault and harassment within the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Academy. 

Hearings:

Veterans- On Thursday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing, “Examining Women Veterans Access to the Full Spectrum of Medical Care Including Reproductive Healthcare Through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA).”


Bills Introduced: September 5-9, 2022

Abortion

H.R. 8776—Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC)/Energy and Commerce (9/6/22)—A bill to prohibit the use of federal funds for abortion through financial or logistical support to individuals traveling to another state or country to receive an abortion.

Reproductive Health

H.R. 8774—Rep. David McKinley (R-WV)/Energy and Commerce (9/6/22)— A bill to require the director of the National Institutes of Health to conduct an evaluation of menopause-related research (including gaps in research and knowledge regarding the causes, symptoms, and treatments for menopause), to develop a strategic plan to resolve gaps in knowledge and research, and identify topics in need of further research relating to potential treatments for menopause-related symptoms, and for other purposes.

Veterans

S. 4797—Sen. Todd Young (R-IN)/Veterans’ Affairs (9/7/22)—A bill to designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Mishawaka, Indiana, as the “Jackie Walorski VA Clinic.”

Violence Against Women

H. Res.1332—Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)/Oversight and Reform (9/6/22)—A resolution expressing support for the designation of September 2022 as National Campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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