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Weekly Legislative Update September 23, 2019

Congressional Schedule

FLOOR ACTION:

Appropriations- The Senate is likely to consider H.R. 4378, a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through November 21.

Miscellaneous- This week, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3694, the Helping Families Fly Act, and H.R. 3246, the Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act.

STEM– The House also is scheduled to consider H.R. 2528, the STEM Opportunities Act.

MARK-UPS:

Appropriations- On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies will mark up the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up several spending bills, including the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (as-yet-unnumbered), and Legislative Branch (as-yet-unnumbered) bills.

International- On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up several bills, including a resolution to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (as-yet-unnumbered).

Also on Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including its version of a resolution supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and its Sixth Replenishment (H. Res. 517).

Small Business/Entrepreneurship- On Wednesday, the House Committee on Small Business will consider H.R. 4405, a bill to amend the Small Business Act to improve the women’s business center program. 

HEARINGS:

Family Support- On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion will hold a hearing, “Examining the Racial and Gender Wealth Gap in America.”

Veterans- On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Women Veterans Task Force will hold a hearing, “Breaking the Silence: Addressing Military Sexual Trauma in the Military and Veteran Communities.”


Bills Introduced: September 16-20, 2019

Abortion

H.R. 4399—Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)/Energy and Commerce (9/19/2019)—A bill to prohibit the approval of new abortion drugs, to prohibit investigational use exemptions for abortion drugs, and to impose additional regulatory requirements with respect to previously approved abortion drugs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4442—Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)/Judiciary (9/20/2019)—A bill to prohibit prenatal genetic testing and abortions on the basis of sexual orientation, and for other purposes.

Employment

H.R. 4452—Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)/Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; House Administration (9/20/2019)—A bill to permit leave to care for an adult child, grandchild, or grandparent who has a serious health condition, and for other purposes.

Human Trafficking

H.R. 4388—Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)/Energy and Commerce (9/18/19)—A bill to provide for the implementation of curricula for training students, teachers, and school personnel to understand, recognize, prevent, and respond to signs of human trafficking and exploitation in children and youth, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4456—Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)/Education and Labor (9/20/2019)—A bill to direct the secretary of Labor to train certain Department of Labor personnel how to effectively detect and assist law enforcement in preventing human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities, and for other purposes.

International

S. Res. 318—Sen. James Risch (R-ID)/Foreign Relations (9/18/19)—A resolution to support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the Sixth Replenishment.

Judiciary

S. 2512—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Judiciary (9/19/2019)—A bill to prohibit a court from awarding damages based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4418—Rep. Joe Kennedy, III (D-MA)/Judiciary (9/19/2019)—A bill to prohibit a court from awarding damages based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation, and for other purposes.

Reproductive Health

S. Res. 317—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (9/18/19)—A resolution recognizing the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and expressing support for the designation of September 2019 as “PCOS Awareness Month.”

Small Business/Entrepreneurship

H.R. 4405—Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS)/Small Business (9/19/2019)—A bill to improve the women’s business center program, and for other purposes.

Tax Policy

S. 2490—Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ)/Finance (9/17/19)—A bill to make permanent certain changes made by Public Law 115-97 to the child tax credit.

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