The Source

The Source on Women’s Issues in Congress, June 4-8, 2018

Floor Action:

Appropriations— On June 8, the House passed, 235 -179,  H.R. 5895, a “minibus” bill containing the FY2019 Legislative Branch; Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Energy and Water spending bills.

The House Appropriations Committee approved separately the Legislative Branch (H.R. 5894) and the Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs spending bills (H.R. 5786) on May 8 (see The Source, 5/11/18).

Mark-Ups:

Appropriations— On June 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Related Agencies spending bill (S. 3023). The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, HUD, and Related Agencies passed the bill on June 5; the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the bill (as-yet-unnumbered) on May 23 (see The Source, 5/25/18).

According to the committee report, the measure would provide $71.4 billion in discretionary funding, $1.1 billion above FY2018. Among other provisions, the bill would include $50 million for rapid rehousing assistance for victims of domestic violence. 

On June 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2019 Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies spending bill (S. 3024). On June 5, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies passed the bill.

According to the committee report, the measure would provide $97.1 billion in FY2019 discretionary funding, $5.1 billion above FY2018. Among other provisions important to women and their families, the bill would allocate $1.6 billion for construction, operation, and maintenance of military family housing and $525 million for health care specifically for women veterans.

Also on June 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense approved, by voice vote, the FY2019 Defense spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

According to the committee summary, the measure would provide $674.6 billion in funding, $17.1 billion above FY2018. Among other provisions, the bill would include $34.4 billion for the Defense Health Program and $318 million for sexual assault prevention and response.

Hearings:

Human Trafficking— On June 6, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing, “Legislative Review of H.R. 1511, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017,” which contains provisions relating to human trafficking and violence against women.

Child Protection/Violence Against Women— On June 5, the Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee held a hearing, “Preventing Abuse in Olympic and Amateur Athletics: Ensuring a Safe and Secure Environment for Our Athletes.”