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August 4, 2017

FDA Reauthorization Clears Senate

On August 3, the Senate approved, 94-1, H.R. 2430, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act. The House approved its version of the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), on July 12 (see The Source, 7/14/17). The bill would authorize the FDA to collect user fees for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs,...

Health

August 4, 2017

Senate Approves READ Act

On August 1, the Senate passed, by voice vote, H.R. 601, the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act, as amended. Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the measure would promote programs that improve access to education for women and girls in developing countries. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill on May 25...

Education · International

August 4, 2017

Women, Peace, and Security Act Clears Senate

On August 3, the Senate approved, by voice vote, S. 1141, the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The bill would ensure that the United States promotes the “meaningful participation of women in mediation and negotiation processes seeking to prevent, mitigate, or resolve conflict.” The Senate Foreign Relations...

International

August 4, 2017

Senate Passes Rapid DNA Act

On August 1, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, H.R. 510, the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Among other provisions, the legislation would integrate the use of rapid DNA instruments in order to reduce the DNA testing backlog. The House approved the bill on May 16 (see The Source,...

Crime

August 4, 2017

Senate Approves Juvenile Justice Bill

On August 1, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, S. 860, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA). The bill would authorize $864.363 million through FY2021 for programs to prevent juvenile delinquency and address the needs of at-risk youth and those in contact with the justice system. Among...

Child Protection · Human Trafficking

August 4, 2017

Senate Committee Approves Human Trafficking Bills

On August 2, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed, by voice vote, S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, and S. 1536, the Combatting Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act, as amended. S. 1532 Sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the measure would “disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle...

Human Trafficking

August 4, 2017

Bills Introduced

Child Care H.R. 3643—Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY)/Way and Means, Education and the Workforce (8/4/17)—A bill to provide additional child care funding, and for other purposes. Education S. 1690—Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (8/1/17)–A bill to provide greater support to students with dependents, and for other purposes. Family Support S. 1708—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand...

Bills Introduced

July 28, 2017

House Passes “Minibus” Appropriations Bill

On July 27, the House passed, 235-192, H.R. 3219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The bill consolidates the FY2018 Defense; Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies; Legislative Branch; and Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bills. Department of Defense The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2018 Defense spending bill on June...

Appropriations · Health · Military · Veterans · Violence Against Women

July 28, 2017

House Passes Veterans’ Child Care Bill

On July 28, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved the bill on July 19 (see The Source, 7/21/17). Sponsored by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), the legislation would require the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to provide child care assistance to...

Child Care · Veterans

July 28, 2017

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Commerce, Justice Spending Bill

On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, 30-1, S. 1662, the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies spending bill, as amended. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies passed the bill on July 25; the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the spending bill on July 13 (see...

Appropriations · Crime · Domestic Violence · Employment · Human Trafficking · Violence Against Women
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