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  • Bills Introduced

    August 7, 2015

    Abortion S. 1917—Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (8/3/15)—A bill to prohibit the provision of federal funds to an entity that receives compensation for facilitating the donation of fetal tissue derived from an abortion. S. 1919—Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)/(Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (8/4/15)—A bill to protect rights of conscience with regard to…

  • Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Defeated in Senate

    August 7, 2015

    On August 3, the Senate rejected, 53-46, S. 1881, a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). The measure, sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), failed to garner the required 60 votes required to advance the legislation to a vote on final passage. The legislation would prohibit federal funds from…

  • Senate Recognizes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    August 7, 2015

    On August 5, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 228, a resolution designating September 2015 as “National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.” Sponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), the measure notes that “ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States” and “in 2015, approximately 21,290 new…

  • Senate Committee Evaluates 2015 Human Trafficking Country Ranking

    August 7, 2015

    On August 6, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing, “Review of the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report.” Sarah Sewall, undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Department of State, explained how the department determines a country’s ranking in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report: “We assess the adequacy of national laws…

  • Senate Committee Examines Federal Prison System

    August 7, 2015

    On August 4, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing, “Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons: First-Hand Accounts of Challenges Facing the Federal Prison System.” Piper Kerman, author, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” made the case for “adopting gender-specific policies and programs as a way…

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Happy Birthday to Rep. Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA)! @JuliaBrownley26
August 28, 2015

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August 25, 2015

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August 25, 2015

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By the end of 2014, a total of 296 women had served in the U.S. Congress. Ten of those women served in both the House and the Senate.