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Weekly Highlights: December 9-13, 2013

Floor Action:

Miscellaneous- On December 10, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) was elected in a special election to fill the seat previously held by then-Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), who was elected to the Senate in July. Her swearing-in on December 12 increases the number of women serving in the House of Representatives to 82.

Budget- On December 12, the House approved, 332-94, the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.J. Res. 59).

Military- On December 12, the House approved, 350-69, H.R. 3304, the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Family Support- On December 12, the House approved, by voice vote, H.R. 3695, a bill to extend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, also known as the Farm Bill (P.L. 110-246), until January 31, 2014.

Child Protection- On December 9, the House approved, by voice vote, the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act (H.R. 3627).

On December 11, the House approved, 398-0, the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction and Return Act (H.R. 3212).

Mark-Up:

Child Protection- On December 12, the Senate Finance Committee approved, by voice vote, the Supporting At-Risk Children Act (as-yet-unnumbered).

Health- On December 12, the Senate Finance Committee also approved, by voice vote, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act (as-yet-unnumbered).

Hearings:

Miscellaneous- On December 11, the House Administration Committee held a hearing, “Establishing a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum.”

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