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February 17, 2017

Senate Passes Bills to Encourage Women in Entrepreneurship, STEM

On February 14, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 255, the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and H.R. 321, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA). The House approved the bills on January 10 (see The...

Small Business/Entrepreneurship · STEM

February 17, 2017

House Passes Resolution to Repeal Family Planning Regulation

On February 16, the House passed, 230-188, H.J. Res 43, a resolution, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), to repeal a regulation that prevented states from withholding Title X federal family planning funds from organizations that provide abortions. Opponents of the resolution note that Title X grants provide services, such as contraceptives, infertility treatment, cancer...

Abortion · Family Planning/Reproductive Health

February 17, 2017

Senate Committee Examines Sex Trafficking Efforts

On February 15, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing, “Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success.” The hearing focused on improvements to anti-trafficking legislation, technology, and programs for combating sex trafficking. During the hearing, Ashton Kutcher, co-founder, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, drew connections between the foster care system and sex trafficking, stating that...

Child Protection · Human Trafficking

February 17, 2017

Senate Subcommittee Examines Spouse, Family Programs

On February 14, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel held a hearing, “Department of Defense Single Servicemember and Military Family Readiness Programs.” The hearing focused on the Armed Forces’ efforts to address sexual assault, integrate women into combat roles, and provide child care and military spousal support programs, among other initiatives. The following witnesses...


February 17, 2017

House Committee Holds Hearing on Juvenile Justice Reform

On February 15, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing, “Providing Vulnerable Youth the Hope of a Brighter Future through Juvenile Justice Reform.” The hearing focused on efforts in serving vulnerable youth in their communities by promoting opportunities for children and improving accountability and oversight to help youth succeed. Further, the hearing...

Child Protection · Domestic Violence

February 17, 2017

House Committee Holds Hearing on SNAP Purchases

On February 16, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing, “Pros and Cons of Restricting SNAP Purchases.” The hearing examined the implications of additional restrictions placed on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchases, specifically the purchase of sweetened beverages, sweets, and salty snacks. In addition, the hearing noted that “women, in particular, are more likely...

Family Support

February 17, 2017

Bills Introduced

Abortion H.R. 1192—Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)/Judiciary (2/16/17)—A bill to prohibit dismemberment abortions, and for other purposes. H.R. 1203—Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)/Energy and Commerce (2/17/17)—A bill to prohibit research with human fetal tissue obtained pursuant to an abortion, and for other purposes. Child Protection H.R. 1188—Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)/Judiciary (2/16/17)—A bill to reauthorize certain programs established...

Bills Introduced

February 10, 2017

Senate Designates American Heart Month, National Wear Red Day

On February 10, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 45, a resolution designating February 2017 as “American Heart Month” and February 3, 2017 as “National Wear Red Day,” sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI). The resolution emphasizes that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. 


February 3, 2017

Senate Designates Stalking Awareness Month

On February 2, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 41. Sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the resolution seeks to increase awareness and prevention of stalking by designating January 2017 as “National Stalking Awareness Month.” According to the resolution, “15 percent of women in the United States, at some point in their lifetimes,...

Violence Against Women

February 3, 2017

Bills Introduced

Abortion H.R. 771—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform (1/31/17)—A bill to ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every woman, and for other purposes. S. 301—Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (2/3/17)—A bill to prohibit governmental discrimination against providers of health services that are not involved...

Bills Introduced
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