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October 13, 2017

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Africa Budget

On October 11, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing, “The State Department and USAID [United States Agency for International Development] FY2018 Africa Budget.” Approximately 80 percent of the administration’s FY2018 $5.2 billion budget request for Africa would be allocated toward global health programs...

Budget · International

October 13, 2017

House Small Business Subcommittee Considers Women’s Entrepreneurship

On October 12, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing, “Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurial Success.” In addition to highlighting the entrepreneurial achievements of women, the hearing considered challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, such as access to capital and technical resources. During the hearing, the witnesses explained that in 2016, 11.3 million...

Small Business/Entrepreneurship

October 13, 2017

Bills Introduced

Education H.R. 4030—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Education and the Workforce (10/12/17)—A bill to codify into law the “Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance: Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties,” issued January 19, 2001, by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, as in effect on January 1, 2017; the Dear...

Bills Introduced

October 6, 2017

House, Senate Committee Pass FY2018 Budget Resolutions

House On October 5, the House approved, 219-206, H. Con Res. 71, the FY2018 budget resolution. The Budget Committee passed the legislation on July 19 (see The Source, 7/21/17). The budget resolution provides a blueprint for federal spending for the fiscal year. According to the committee report, the bill would allocate $1.22 trillion in overall...

Budget · Crime · Education · Family Support · Health · International · Military · Veterans

October 6, 2017

House Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

On October 3, the House passed, 237-189, H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. An identical bill was passed by the House in 2015; however, the Senate rejected the legislation (see The Source, 9/25/15). The bill would ban abortions “at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” except in cases of rape or incest, or...

Abortion · Family Planning/Reproductive Health

October 6, 2017

House Approves Bill to Protect Girls’ Access to Education

On October 3, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 2408, the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education Act, sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). Among other provisions, the bill would “prioritize and advance ongoing efforts to support programs that help increase the access of displaced children, especially girls, to education, economic, and entrepreneurial opportunities.” The...


October 6, 2017

House Passes Bill to Protect Children from Online Threats

On October 3, the House approved, 417-3, S. 782, the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2017, as amended. Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the measure would assist law enforcement in combatting the online exploitation of children. In addition, the bill would extend the authorization of...

Child Protection

October 6, 2017

Senate Committee Passes International Development Bill

On October 5, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed several bills, including S. 832, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Millennium Challenge Act (MCA) Modernization Act, as amended, sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved its version of the bill (H.R. 3445) on September 28 (see The...


October 6, 2017

Senate Committee Considers Homeland Security for Children Act

On October 4, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed several bills, including S. 1847, the Homeland Security for Children Act, sponsored by Sen. Steven Daines (R-MT). As amended, the measure would require the Department of Homeland Security to “identify and integrate the needs of children into activities to prepare for, protect...

Child Protection · Children · Human Trafficking

October 6, 2017

House Committee Extends Community Health Centers

On October 4, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved, 28-23, the Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation (CHAMPION) Act (H.R. 3922), as amended. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), would extend federal funding for several programs, including the Community Health Centers, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, Youth Empowerment, and Personal Responsibility...

Education · Family Planning/Reproductive Health · Family Support · Health
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