Child Welfare Legislative Updates: December 28, 2020-January 8, 2021
Please review the following child welfare legislative updates pertinent to children and families from December 28, 2020 – January 8, 2021. These bills and other important legislation can be tracked at GovTrack.us.
H.R. 79 — Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) Energy and Commerce (1/4/21)
A bill to authorize funding for the creation and implementation of infant mortality pilot programs in standard metropolitan statistical areas with high rates of infant mortality, and for other purposes.
H.R. 66 — Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) Energy and Commerce (1/4/21)
A bill to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to permanently extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
H.R. 73 — Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) Judiciary (1/4/21)
A bill to prohibit the importation or transportation of child sex dolls, and for other purposes.
H.R. 233 — Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) Foreign Affairs (1/6/21)
A bill to include financial criminal activities associated with the facilitation of severe forms of trafficking in persons within the factors considered as indicia of serious and sustained efforts to eliminate severe forms of trafficking in persons, and for other purposes.
H.R. 120 — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) Judiciary (1/4/21)
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. 128 — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX18) Judiciary (1/4/21)
A bill to provide alternatives to incarceration for youth, and for other purposes.
H.R. 131 — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX18) Judiciary (1/4/21)
A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for the humane treatment of youths who are in police custody, and for other purposes.
Floor Action Updates
The 117th Congress was sworn in on January 3, 2021.
Last Action: This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 27, 2020, and became Public Law No: 116-260.
H.R. 8906 (116th): Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2020
Last Action: This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 5, 2021.