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April 7, 2017

Senate Designates “Gold Star Wives Day”

On April 4, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 112, which designates April 5, 2017, as “Gold Star Wives Day.” Sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the resolution recognizes the “important role that Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. plays in the lives of the spouses and families of fallen members and veterans...

Military · Miscellaneous

April 7, 2017

House Committee Approves Bills to Address Needs of Women Veterans

On April 6, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health approved, by voice vote, several bills, including H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act, H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, and H.R. 907, the Newborn Care Improvement Act. The subcommittee held a hearing on these bills on March 29...

Health · Veterans

April 7, 2017

Bills to Combat Child Exploitation Clear House Committee

On April 5, the House Judiciary Committee approved several bills, including H.R. 1862, the Global Child Protection Act, and H.R. 1842, the Strengthening Children’s Safety Act. Global Child Protection Act The measure, sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), would define illicit sexual conduct to include sexual contact committed against children while abroad, often referred to...

Child Protection · Human Trafficking

April 7, 2017

House Committee Approves Missing and Exploited Children, Juvenile Justice Bills

On April 4, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved, by voice vote, H.R. 1808, the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017, and H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017. Among other provisions, H.R. 1808, sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), would develop programs to support the...

Child Protection · Human Trafficking

April 7, 2017

Senate Subcommittee Investigates Sexual Assault, Harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

On April 5, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing, “Protecting Our Midshipmen: Preventing Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.” The hearing focused on the response to reports of sexual assault and harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. According to...

Military

April 7, 2017

Committee Holds Hearing on Working Families Flexibility Act

On April 5, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), would allow private-sector employees to choose between receiving paid compensatory time off and overtime pay. Currently, public-sector employees are allowed to earn compensatory...

Employment · Family Support

April 7, 2017

Bills Introduced

Abortion H.R. 1895—Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)/Energy and Commerce (4/4/17)—A bill to prohibit the secretary of Health and Human Services from conducting or supporting any research involving human fetal tissue that is obtained pursuant to an induced abortion, and for other purposes. H.R. 2019—Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)/Ways and Means (4/6/17)—A bill to exclude certain abortions from...

Bills Introduced

March 31, 2017

Senate Votes on Family Planning Regulation

On March 30, the Senate approved, 51-50, H. J. Res. 43, a resolution to repeal a regulation that prevented states from withholding Title X federal family planning funds from organizations that provide abortions. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law. The House approved the...

Family Planning/Reproductive Health

March 31, 2017

Senate Committee Focuses on Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse

On March 28, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing, “Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse.” The hearing focused on the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse within the USA Gymnastics program and examined what can be done further to ensure that children involved in athletic programs are safe from sexual assault. The hearing...

Violence Against Women

March 31, 2017

House Subcommittee Examines the Future of SNAP

On March 28, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing, “The Next Farm Bill: The Future of SNAP.” The hearing focused on achievements of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as well as improvements that could be made to the next Farm Bill. The current legislation (P.L. 113-79) is due to expire in...

Family Support
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