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  • Congress Clears Continuing Resolution

    September 19, 2014

    On September 18, the Senate approved, 78-22, a continuing resolution (CR) (H. J. Res. 124) to fund the federal government through December 11. The House passed the measure on September 17, by a vote of 319-108. President Obama is expected to sign the resolution into law, thus avoiding a government shutdown when the current fiscal…

  • Paycheck Fairness Act Rejected in Senate

    September 19, 2014

    On September 15, the Senate rejected by a vote of 52-40, a motion to end debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199). The procedural vote, also known as cloture, requires at least 60 votes for passage. The Senate previously rejected the measure on April 9 (see The Source, 4/9/14).

  • CCDBG Reauthorization Passed in the House

    September 19, 2014

    On September 15, the House passed, by voice vote, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (S. 1086). The Senate approved the legislation on March 13 (see The Source, 3/14/14). The bill would reauthorize through FY2020 “such sums as may be necessary” for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program (CCDBG) under the…

  • Bill to Prohibit Marijuana Purchases with TANF Funds Clears House

    September 19, 2014

    On September 16, the House approved, by voice vote, the Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act (H.R. 4137), sponsored by Rep. David Reichert (R-WA). The bill would prohibit Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance through the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at stores that sell marijuana. Current law prohibits TANF recipients…

  • Senate Committee Passes Bill to Protect Runaway, Homeless Youth

    September 19, 2014

    On September 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed, by voice vote, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 2646). The House passed similar legislation, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act (H.R. 5076), on July 23 (see The Source, 7/25/14). The bill would reauthorize through FY2019 the…

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October 17, 2014


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Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) lead the Women's Caucus during the 113th Congress.