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  • Human Trafficking Bill Approved by House Committee

    February 27, 2015

    On February 27, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved en bloc, by voice vote, the Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act (H.R. 400). Sponsored by Chair Ed Royce (R-CA), the measure would prevent human trafficking by foreign workers the United States government employs overseas. Specifically, the legislation would require the secretary of State and…

  • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Trafficking Victims

    February 27, 2015

    On February 24, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing, “Human Trafficking in the United States: Protecting the Victims.” The hearing focused on the importance of supporting victims of human trafficking in their efforts to heal. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) stated, “One young woman, now 20-years-old, had been a familiar face around the Preble Street…

  • Bills Introduced

    February 27, 2015

    Abortion S. 582—Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)/Finance (2/26/15)—A bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions. Adoption H.R. 1168—Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)/Natural Resources (2/27/15)—A bill to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings, and for other purposes. Child Protection S. 575—Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)/Judiciary (2/25/15)—A bill to continue operation of the Human…

  • Congress Temporarily Extends Funding for DHS

    February 27, 2015

    On February 27, Congress approved H.R. 33, which would extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through March 6. On January 14, the House approved H.R. 240, a bill to fund DHS through FY2015 and block President Obama’s executive order to expand immigration deportation deferrals (see The Source, 1/16/15). However, the bill failed…

  • Senate Committee Approves Human Trafficking Bills

    February 27, 2015

    On February 26, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, by voice vote, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178) and the Stop Exploitation through Trafficking Act (S. 166). S. 178 Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the legislation would authorize no more than $7 million annually for FY2016-2020 for a newly established Domestic Trafficking Victims…

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  • 2015 Congressional Gala – TONIGHT!

    March 4, 2015

    The 2015 Congressional Gala will take place, as scheduled, tonight!

  • Weekly Highlights: February 23-27, 2015

    March 2, 2015

    Floor Action: Appropriations- On February 27, Congress approved H.R. 33, which would extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through March 6. Mark-Ups: Human Trafficking- On February 26, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, by voice vote, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178) and the Stop Exploitation through Trafficking Act (S….

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A record number of women serve in the 114th Congress -- 88 in the House (including four non-voting Delegates) and 20 in the Senate.