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March 17, 2017

President Trump Submits FY2018 Budget Request

On March 16, President Trump submitted to Congress an outline of his FY2018 budget request. The budget would allocate $1.15 trillion in discretionary funding for FY2018. The summary below provides an overview of funding levels for programs important to women and their families. Department of Agriculture The budget proposes $17.9 billion in discretionary spending for...

Budget

March 17, 2017

“Rosie the Riveter” Honored by Senate

On March 15, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 76, a resolution designating March 21 as “National Rosie the Riveter Day.” The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), “acknowledges the important role played by” 16 million women during World War II.

Miscellaneous

March 17, 2017

Budget Committee Approves ACA Repeal Bill

On March 16, the House Budget Committee approved, 19-17, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as “Obamacare.” In January, the House and Senate approved S. Con. Res. 3, a budget resolution that directed the relevant committees in each chamber...

Health

March 17, 2017

Senate Committee Examines Marines United Website Abuse

On March 14, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing, “Information Surrounding the Marines United Website.” The hearing focused on allegations that female service members had been subjected to online sexual harassment and abuse by active duty and former Marines on a private Facebook page maintained by a group called Marines United.   In...

Military

March 17, 2017

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Examine Home Visiting Services

On March 15, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing, “Reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.” The hearing examined the success of the MIECHV program and called for the reauthorization and expansion of home visiting services for young mothers. The following witnesses testified: Beth...

Family Support · Health

March 17, 2017

House Committee Holds Hearing to Prevent Crimes Against Children

On March 16, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing, “Combating Crimes Against Children: Assessing the Legal Landscape.” The hearing discussed the progress that has been made to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation, and proposed new ways to combat child pornography. The following witnesses testified: John Shehan,...

Child Protection

March 17, 2017

House Committee Examines Efforts to Protect Missing, Exploited Children

On March 16, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing, “Honoring our Commitment to Recover and Protect Missing and Exploited Children.” The hearing discussed the work being done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and focused on improvements that could be made to protect missing children. The hearing also...

Child Protection · Human Trafficking

March 17, 2017

Bills Introduced

Employment H.R. 1516—Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)/ Oversight and Government Reform (3/13/17)—A bill to allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families. S. 636—Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/15/17)—A bill to allow Americans to earn paid sick time...

Bills Introduced

March 10, 2017

House Passes Defense Spending Bill

On March 8, the House passed, 371-48, H.R. 1301, the FY2017 defense spending bill. The bill would allocate $583.7 billion in discretionary funding for FY2017, which includes $577.9 billion in base funding and $5.8 billion in supplemental spending provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 114-113), also known as the continuing resolution (CR). Congress had...

Budget

March 10, 2017

House Passes Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act

On March 7, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 1174, the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a bill to expand access to public lactation rooms shielded from public view and free from intrusion in federal buildings. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the bill on February...

Family Support · Health
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