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  • House Committee Holds Microfinance Hearing

    July 14, 2017

    On July 12, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing, “Beyond Microfinance: Empowering Women in the Developing World.” The hearing focused on the role of microfinance programs and new financial tools available to women in developing countries. The following witnesses testified during the hearing: Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and chief executive officer, Women’s World…

  • House Passes Human Trafficking Bills

    July 14, 2017

    On July 12, the House passed several human trafficking bills by voice vote: H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act; and H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act. H.R. 2200 Sponsored by Rep. Chris…

  • Committee Examines Military Sexual Trauma Support Bill

    July 14, 2017

    On July 11, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing on several bills, including S. 833, the Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act, sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). The legislation would expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ coverage of counseling for sexual trauma to include “cyber harassment of a sexual nature” that…

  • House Passes FDA Reauthorization Act

    July 14, 2017

    On June 12, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation on June 7 (see The Source, 6/9/17). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), would expand user fees for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar products. The…

  • Bills Introduced

    July 14, 2017

    Employment H.R. 3255—Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)/Education and the Workforce (7/14/17)—A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 regarding reasonable break time for nursing mothers. Human Trafficking S. 1532—Sen. John Thune (R-SD)/Commerce, Science, and Transportation (7/12/17)—A bill to disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life an individual who uses a commercial…

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  • Congressional Schedule: July 17-21 2017

    July 17, 2017

    Mark-Ups: Appropriations– On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee will mark up the FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies will mark up the FY2018 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies spending…

  • Weekly Highlights: July 10-14, 2014

    July 17, 2017

    Floor Action: Military- On July 14, the House, approved, 344-81, H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2018, as amended. Human Trafficking- On July 12, the House passed several human trafficking bills by voice vote: H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law…

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In 1925, Representative Mae Ella Nolan (R-CA) became the first woman to chair a congressional committee.