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  • Senate, House Approve FY2017 Budget Resolution

    January 13, 2017

    On January 11, the Senate approved, 51-48, S. Con. Res. 3, the FY2017 budget reconciliation package, which would set the budgetary levels through FY2026. The House approved S. Con. Res. 3 on January 13 by a vote of 227-198. The resolution would cap federal spending at $1.07 trillion; this cap maintains the discretionary spending levels…

  • House Passes Maternity Care Act

    January 13, 2017

    On January 10, the House passed, 405-0, H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX). This legislation emphasizes the importance of maternity care during pregnancy and seeks to identify areas across the country where there is a shortage of maternity care professionals. Among other provisions, the legislation would…

  • Bill to Encourage Young Women, Girls in STEM Passes House

    January 13, 2017

    On January 10, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 321, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), would establish a facilitated outreach program among retired astronauts, scientists, engineers, and young women to support young girls in attaining opportunities in science,…

  • House Approves Women in Entrepreneurship Act

    January 13, 2017

    On January 10, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 255, a bill to authorize the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support entrepreneurial programs for women. Sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), the legislation would require NSF programs to focus on recruiting and encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields….

  • Senate Subcommittee Continues Investigation into Online Sex Trafficking

    January 13, 2017

    On January 10, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing, “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” The hearing and accompanying report is the latest effort by the committee to investigate Backpage.com and its role in facilitating sex trafficking through the use of online advertisements (see The Source,…

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Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) was the first woman elected to the House of Representatives (1917). Rebecca Latimer Felton (D-GA) was the first woman to serve in the Senate (1922).