On November 15, the House Financial Services Committee approved, 58-0, H.R. 4258, the Family Self-Sufficiency Act, sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI). Among other provisions, the bill would help localities coordinate programs, such as job training, child care, and educational services, to help families receiving housing assistance achieve greater economic independence and self-sufficiency.
· Family Support
· Financial Literacy
On November 14, the Committee on House Administration held a hearing, “Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Congressional Workplace.” The hearing focused on reviewing the sexual harassment training policy for the House of Representatives. Additionally, members and witnesses discussed the dispute and resolution system for alleged sexual misconduct. The committee discussed H. Res. 604, the Congressional...
· Sexual Harassment
Child Protection S. 2152—Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)/Judiciary (11/16/17)—A bill to provide for assistance for victims of child pornography, and for other purposes. H.R. 4447—Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)/Judiciary (11/16/17)—A bill to make certain changes to the reporting requirement of certain service providers regarding child sexual exploitation visual depictions, and for other purposes. Employment S. 2122—Sen. Jeff Merkley...
On November 9, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 330, a resolution “mandating anti-harassment training for Senators and officers, employees, and interns of, and detailees to, the Senate,” sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
On November 8, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed, by voice vote, S. 1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) of 2017, as amended, sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). The committee held a hearing on the bill on September 29 (see The Source, 9/22/17). The House Judiciary Committee also held...
· Human Trafficking
On November 9, the House Ways and Means Committee approved, 24-16, H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, as amended, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). The committee is advancing the legislation as instructed under H. Con. Res. 71, the FY2018 Budget Resolution, which contained reconciliation instructions for tax reform (see The Source, 10/27/17)....
On November 8, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, and Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing, “Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities.” The following witnesses testified: Tim Robinson, founder and CEO, Addiction Recovery Care; Toni Miner, family support partner; Leana Wen, commissioner...
Employment S. Res. 323—Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)/Rules and Administration (11/07/17)—A resolution requiring sexual harassment training for Members, officers, employees, interns, and fellows of the Senate and a periodic survey of the Senate. S. Res. 330—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Considered and agreed to (11/09/17)—A resolution mandating anti-harassment training for Senators and officers, employees, and interns of, and detailees...
On November 1, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 320, a resolution “supporting the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Among other provisions, the resolution expresses the sense of the Senate that Congress should “continue to support efforts to end domestic violence, provide safety...
Violence Against Women
On November 2, the House Judiciary Committee approved several bills, including H.R. 3249, the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017, H.R. 3317, the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act, and H.R. 4203, the Combat Online Predators Act, as amended. H.R. 3249 Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the measure would establish regional gang...
· Human Trafficking
· Violence Against Women