The Source

The Source on Women’s Issues in Congress, February 5-9, 2018

Floor Action: 

AppropriationsOn February 9, Congress passed H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, as amended. The Senate approved, 71-28, the bill, which funds the federal government through March 23; the House passed, 240-186, the measure. The president signed the bill into law on February 9, thus avoiding a partial government shutdown. 

EmploymentOn February 6, the House passed, by voice vote, H.R. 4924, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, and H. Res. 724, a resolution implementing mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies for House offices. Both measures address sexual harassment in the congressional workplace.

Human TraffickingOn February 7, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 385, a resolution supporting the observation of January as “National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month.” 

MiscellaneousOn February 7, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, S. Res. 398, a resolution supporting the observation of February 7, 2018 as “National Girls & Women in Sports Day.” 

Mark-Ups:  

Human TraffickingOn February 7, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed, by voice vote, H.R. 1625, the Targeted Rewards for the Global Eradication of Human Trafficking Act. 

InternationalOn February 7, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed, by voice vote, S. 2286, the Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act. Among other provisions, the bill would address sexual assault of Peace Corps volunteers while abroad. 

MiscellaneousOn February 6, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 4188, a bill to designate the Amelia Earhart Post Office Building, and H.R. 4463, a bill to designate the Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office.  

Hearings:

HealthOn February 8, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing, “The Opioid Crisis: Impact on Children and Families.”