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Weekly Legislative Update: September 16, 2019

Congressional Schedule: September 16-20, 2019

Floor Action:

Appropriations- This week, the Senate may consider S. 2474, the FY2020 Defense spending bill.

The House is scheduled to consider a congressional resolution (as-yet-unnumbered) to extend federal funding through November 21.

STEM- On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to consider S. 239, the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act, and H.R. 1396, the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act.

Mark-Ups:

Appropriations- On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies will mark up the FY2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government will mark up the FY2020 Financial Services and General Government spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

Also on Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies will mark up the FY2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider the FY2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies spending bills.

Veterans- On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will consider reauthorization of the Women Veterans’ Task Force.

Hearings:

Employment- On Thursday, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services will hold a hearing, “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).”

Military- On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel will hold a hearing, “Shattered Families, Shattered Service: Taking Military Domestic Violence Out of the Shadows.”


Bills Introduced: September 9-13, 2019

Employment

H.R. 4257—Rep. David Scott (D-GA)/Agriculture (9/9/2019)—A bill to require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, and for other purposes.

S. Res. 306—Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)/Commerce, Science, Transportation (9/10/19)—A resolution reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.

H. Res. 549—Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)/Energy and Commerce (9/10/19)—A resolution reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.

Family Support

H.R. 4297—Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA)/Agriculture (9/12/19)—A bill to treat attendance at an institution of higher education the same as work for the purpose of determining eligibility to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Health

H.R. 4243—Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM)/Energy and Commerce (9/9/19)—A bill to improve obstetric care in rural areas. 

S. 2477—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (9/12/19)—A bill to establish a National Commission on Fibrotic Diseases.

H.R. 4296—Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)/Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor (9/12/19)—A bill to ensure the safe use of cosmetics, and for other purposes.

Human Trafficking

H.R. 4326—Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)/Foreign Affairs (9/12/19)—A bill to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 relating to determinations with respect to efforts of foreign countries to reduce demand for commercial sex acts under the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

Miscellaneous

H.R. 4279—Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA)/Oversight and Reform (9/11/19)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 445 Main Street in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, as the “Melinda Gene Piccotti Post Office.” 

Veterans

H.R. 4281—Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)/Veterans’ Affairs (9/11/19)—A bill to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to allow a veteran to receive a full year supply of contraceptive pills, transdermal patches, and vaginal rings, and for other purposes.

Violence Against Women

H.R. 4289—Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM)/Judiciary; Natural Resources; Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Reform (9/11/19)—A bill to require federal law enforcement agencies to report on cases of missing or murdered Indians, and for other purposes. 

H. Res. 555—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Judiciary; Energy and Commerce; Financial Services; Ways and Means; Education and Labor; Natural Resources; Veterans’ Affairs (9/12/19)—A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the relationships between firearm violence, misogyny, and violence against women and reaffirming the importance of preventing individuals with a history of violence against women from accessing a firearm.

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