Child Welfare Legislative Updates: October 19-30

Please review the following legislative updates pertinent to children and families from the weeks of October 19-23 and October 26-30. These bills and other important legislation can be tracked at

Child Protection 

H.R. 8638 — Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) Education and Labor (10/20/20)
A bill to direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on the effect of state laws on child marriages and forced marriages, and for other purposes. 

H.R. 8648 — Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) Judiciary (10/20/20)
A bill to establish the Homeland Security Investigations (human trafficking) victim assistance program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 8685 — Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA29) Judiciary (10/27/20) 
A bill to protect minors from premature waiver of their constitutional rights during a custodial interrogation, and for other purposes.

H.R. 8713 — Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA4) Financial Services (10/30/20) 
A bill to amend the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act to provide for additional procedures for families with children under the age of 6, and for other purposes.

Family Support 

H.R. 8704 — Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) Ways and Means (10/30/20)
A bill to reauthorize the grant program to promote responsible fatherhood, to modernize the child support enforcement program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 8708 — Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX16) Judiciary (10/30/20)
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes.


H.R. 8705Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA4) Energy and Commerce (10/30/20) 
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to institutions of higher education to develop programs and materials to educate students who have a substance use disorder on treatment options for such disorders, and for other purposes.

H.R. 8715 — Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ10) Education and Labor (10/30/20)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education to make public a plan for the continuation of education during a public health emergency.

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