Congressional Bills Introduced: Zika, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Sex Trafficking, Incarcerated Mothers, Victims Of Federal Sex Offenses
On April 28, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, a resolution recognizing and supporting National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (S. Res. 452).
Sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the measure would bring greater awareness to the problem of sexual assault and publicly acknowledge the survivors. Sen. Grassley noted that "Americans have commemorated the month of April with activities designed to support survivors of sexual violence in their efforts to heal. Before the month comes to a close, it is important that Congress also express its support for the goals and ideals of Sexual Assault Awareness Month."
H.R. 5044—Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)/Appropriations, Budget (4/25/16)—A bill making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2016 to respond to Zika virus.
S. 2872—Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)/Finance (4/28/16)—A bill to require the Government Accountability Office to submit to Congress a report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States and its treatment under Medicaid.
Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY, Appropriations, Budget
H.R. 5061—Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)/Education and the Workforce (4/26/16)—A bill to authorize the administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice to award grants to local educational agencies to establish, expand, and support programs to train school staff to recognize and respond to signs of labor and sex trafficking.
H.R. 5130—Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)/Judiciary (4/29/16)—A bill to enhance public health and safety by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal prison system for incarcerated pregnant women and mothers by establishing a pilot program of critical-stage, developmental nurseries in federal prisons for children born to inmates, with risk and needs assessments, and risk and recidivism reduction.
H.R. 5065—Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)/Homeland Security (4/26/16)—A bill to direct the secretary of Homeland Security to notify air carriers and security screening personnel of the Transportation Security Administration of such administration’s guidelines regarding permitting baby formula, breast milk, and juice on airplanes, and for other purposes.
S. 2890—Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)/Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (4/28/16)—A bill to require the secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of Christa McAuliffe.
H.R. 5147—-Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)/Transportation and Infrastructure (4/29/16)—A bill to require that male and female restrooms in public buildings be equipped with baby changing facilities.
H.R. 5138—Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)/Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce (4/29/16)—A bill to allow women greater access to safe and effective contraception.
S. 2855—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/Small Business and Entrepreneurship (4/26/16)—A bill to increase outreach for women- and minority-owned businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, and for other purposes.
Violence Against Women
S. 2895—Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)/Judiciary (4/28/16)—A bill to extend the civil statute of limitations for victims of federal sex offenses.
S. Res. 452—Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)/Considered and agreed to (4/28/16)—A resolution recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
Text courtesy of Women's Policy Inc.
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