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December 1, 2017

Senate Approves Tax Bill

On December 1, the Senate passed, 51-49, S. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As instructed by the FY2018 Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 71), on November 28, the Senate Budget Committee adopted, 12-11, legislation passed by the Senate Finance Committee on November 16. The House also passed its version of the tax bill...

Tax Policy

December 1, 2017

House Passes Sexual Harassment Training Resolution

On November 28, the House passed, by voice vote, H. Res. 630, requiring mandatory sexual harassment training for all Members, officers, and employees of the House of Representatives. The training would also be required for interns and fellows working in House offices. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), would require proof of the...

Employment

December 1, 2017

House Committee Approves Bills to Combat Human Trafficking

On November 29, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed, by voice vote, several bills, including H.R. 3814, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, as amended, and H.R. 3813, the Combatting Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act. The Senate approved its version of these bills, S. 1532 and S. 1536, respectively, in September...

Human Trafficking

December 1, 2017

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Online Sex Trafficking

On November 30, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing, “Latest Developments in Combatting Online Sex Trafficking.” This follows a series of sex trafficking hearings in the House and Senate (see The Source, 10/6/17). Additionally, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act on November...

Child Protection · Human Trafficking

December 1, 2017

Bills Introduced

Employment H. Res. 630—Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)/House Administration (11/28/17)—A resolution requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress, and for other purposes. H.R. 4458—Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA)/House Administration; Rules (11/28/17)—A bill to prohibit the use of public...

Bills Introduced

November 17, 2017

Congress Passes FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act

On November 14, the House approved, 356-70, the conference report for H.R. 2810, the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act; the Senate approved the measure, by voice vote, on November 16. The House approved an earlier version of the bill on July 14 (see The Source, 7/14/17); the Senate approved its version (S. 1519) on September...

Health · Military · STEM

November 17, 2017

Senate Clears Bill to Protect Olympic Athletes from Sexual Abuse

On November 14, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, S. 534, the Protecting Young Children from Sexual Abuse Act, as amended, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the legislation on May 11 (see The Source, 5/12/17).

Child Protection

November 17, 2017

House, Senate Committee Advance Tax Legislation

House On November 16, the House approved, 227-205, H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill cleared the House Ways and Means Committee on November 9 (see The Source, 11/10/17). In addition to consolidating individual tax brackets, the bill would increase the value of the child tax credit and establish nonrefundable non-child dependent...

Tax Policy

November 17, 2017

House Committee Approves Bills to Increase Women in STEM

On November 15, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved, by voice vote, several bills, including H.R. 4254, the Women in Aerospace Education Act, and H.R. 4375, the STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act. H.R. 4254 Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA), the bill would encourage the National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

STEM

November 17, 2017

House Committee Adopts Global Women’s Bills

On November 15, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved, by voice vote, several bills en bloc, including H.R. 1415, the End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act, and H. Con. Res. 90, which condemns the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar. H.R. 1415 Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the bill would “facilitate...

Family Planning/Reproductive Health · Global Health · International · Violence Against Women
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