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January 12, 2018

The Source on Women’s Issues in Congress, January 8-12, 2018

Mark-Ups: Child Protection—On January 11, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, by voice vote, S. 2152, the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2017, as amended.

Child Protection

January 12, 2018

Bills Introduced

Human Trafficking S. 2305—Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)/Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (1/11/18)—A bill to require a study and report on the housing and service needs of victims of trafficking and individuals at risk for trafficking. Tax Policy H.R. 4748—Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)/Ways and Means (1/9/18)—A bill to deny a deduction for severance payments made in...

Bills Introduced

January 5, 2018

Tina Smith Sworn Into Senate

On January 2, Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) was sworn in to replace former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who resigned in December 2017. Her swearing-in increases the number of women serving in the Senate to 22 and in the 115th Congress to 111. Eighty-nine women currently serve in the House of Representatives, including Delegates from American...


December 21, 2017

Congress Passes Tax Bill

On December 20, Congress approved the conference report for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate passed its version of the tax bill (S. 1) on December 1 (see The Source, 12/1/17); the House passed its version on November 16 (see The Source, 11/17/17). The conference report reconciled differences between the two...

Tax Policy

December 21, 2017

Congress Approves Continuing Resolution

On December 21, Congress passed H.R. 1370, as amended, a continuing resolution (CR) making additional appropriations for FY2018 to keep the government funded at FY2017 levels through January 19. The president signed the measure into law on December 22. The measure includes extensions for several public health programs, including community health centers, the Prevention and...


December 21, 2017

House Passes Human Trafficking Bills

On December 19, the House approved, 418-1, S. 1536, the Combatting Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act. The House passed S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act by a vote of 393-0 on December 21. Final passage in the House sends the bills to the president for his signature. The Senate approved...

Human Trafficking

December 21, 2017

SAFER Act Sent to President

On December 21, the House passed, by voice vote, S. 1766, the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). The Senate approved the measure on October 23 (see The Source, 10/27/17). The House vote clears the bill for the president’s signature.

Violence Against Women

December 21, 2017

Women in STEM Bills Clear House

On December 18, the House passed, 376-9, H.R. 4375, the STEM Research Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act. The House approved, 409-17, H.R. 4254, the Women in Aerospace Education Act, on December 19. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved both measures on November 15 (see The Source, 11/17/17). The bills seek to increase the...

Education · STEM

December 21, 2017

Senate Recognizes Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

On December 21, the Senate approved, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 336, a resolution recognizing the seriousness of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and designating September 2018 as “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month.” The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), notes that as many as 10 million women and girls may be affected by the...

Family Planning/Reproductive Health

December 21, 2017

Bills Introduced

Abortion  H.R. 4712—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)/Judiciary (12/21/17)—A bill to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. Employment H.R. 4674—Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)/House Administration (12/18/17)—A bill to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to require...

Bills Introduced
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