Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act: Passed by the House!
The Violence Against Women Act provides critical funding for direct services, professional training, and prevention programs that address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The reauthorization includes key improvements that will expand protections for the most marginalized groups and make stronger investments in prevention.
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: Passed by the House!
The legislation will ban chokeholds and carotid holds at the federal level and no-knock warrants (like the one that led to Breonna Taylor's death) in federal drug cases. It will also end qualified immunity for law enforcement, which protects police officers from most civil lawsuits. It will mandate data collection on police encounters and create a nationwide police misconduct registry to help hold problematic officers accountable. And it will prohibit racial and religious profiling and redirect funding to community-based policing programs.
Bipartisan Background Checks Act: Passed by the House!
Would require a background check for the sale of every firearm. Currently, there is a loophole that allows sellers who are not federal licensed to bypass conducting a background check.
Women’s Health Protection Act
Protects the right to abortion access by creating a safeguard against medically unnecessary restrictions or bans. Specifically, the Act would protect abortion access from bans prior to viability, restrictions on the ability to access medication abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy, requirements that doctors provide medically inaccurate or even false information to abortion seekers, and mandates for pregnant people to undergo invasive ultrasounds or waiting periods before allowing them to have an abortion.
Black Maternal Health Momnibus
A series of bills that will address the black maternal mortality rate. The bills will: invest in housing, transportation, nutrition, and other social determinants of health that influence maternal health outcomes; provide funding to community-based organizations; study maternal health risks facing women veterans and invest in VA maternity care coordination; grow and diversify the perinatal workforce; improve data collection to better understand the causes and solutions of the maternal health crisis; invest in maternal mental health care and substance use disorder treatments; improve maternal health care for incarcerated women; invest in digital tools like telehealth for underserved areas; and incentivize high-quality maternity care and continuity of health insurance coverage from pregnancy through one year postpartum.
Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act
Would ensure access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all women, regardless of their income level or source of their insurance coverage. If passed, this legislation will repeal the 1976 Hyde Amendment that made it illegal to use federal funds for abortion coverage.
The Family Medical Leave Modernization Act
Ensures that employees are able to take leave in order to care for their loved ones by (1) expanding medical leave eligibility to employees who work for employers with 15 employees or more, (2) extending the amount of leave an employee can take to 24 hours in a 12 month period and 4 hours in a 30 day period, (3) broadening the definition of family to incorporate more caregiving relationships.
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is a federal bill that prohibits discrimination in the workplace against individuals affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Pregnant women, especially women of color, often endure poor working conditions and economic insecurity. This bill requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for those who are pregnant, maintain acceptable work conditions, and provide employees with alternative solutions to paid or unpaid leave when possible.
Arbitration Fairness Act
Would keep mandatory arbitration clauses out of employment contracts, giving harassed workers the option of going to court. Currently, forced arbitration thwarts the ability of workers and consumers to hold corporations accountable for abuses and crimes of sexual misconduct.
Intern Protection Act: Passed by the House!
Aims to extend certain rights to interns, including freedom from employment discrimination, job security in case of pregnancy, and protection against workplace sexual harassment.