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There have been 32 policies introduced over the past month

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Restricts Federal acquisition and use of critical information and communication technologies developed, installed, and/or purchased by a foreign power.

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May 17 2019
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Executive Office of the President

Outlines explicitly that it is unlawful for certain individuals to ship, transport, or possess biological agents and toxins.

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May 16 2019
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Senate

Reauthorizes funding in the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 and commissions a report from the Government Accountability Office regarding the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Grant Program.

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May 16 2019
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Senate

Provides new provisions relating to immigrant family reunification and the treatment of children at the border, including a mandatory DNA test and collection of biometric data for individuals under eighteen years of age.

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May 13 2019
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House of Representatives

Directs the creation of an Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence in the General Services Administration to support innovation of AI technologies in the Federal government. 

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May 8 2019
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Reauthorizes programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to address public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, including those related to antimicrobial resistance and genomic engineering technologies.

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May 8 2019
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Senate

Authorizes $100 billion across ten fiscal years for grants to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

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May 8 2019
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House of Representatives

Authorizes $100 billion across ten fiscal years for grants to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

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May 8 2019
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Senate

Places all mu opioid receptor activating drugs into the Schedule I classification with an exception for those used in medical or scientific research.

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May 8 2019
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House of Representatives

Requires publishing information regarding manufacturer procurement of opioids on a public website through the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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May 8 2019
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House of Representatives

Provides suggestions to drug developers regarding procedures for developing stimulant drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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May 6 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Institutes a grant program to further research into chronic wasting disease, a prion transmitted disease of the nervous system that affects deer, elk, and moose.

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May 6 2019
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Senate

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Restricts Federal acquisition and use of critical information and communication technologies developed, installed, and/or purchased by a foreign power.

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May 17 2019
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Executive Office of the President

Requires the Office of Personnel Management to create a voluntary rotational cyber-workforce program for Federal agencies.

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Apr 30 2019
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Senate

Bipartisan bill that supports CO2 utilization and direct air capture research to facilitate the permitting and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration projects and carbon dioxide pipelines.

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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Requires that within two years, the Federal Trade Commission will require entities under the Commission's jurisdiction to conduct impact assessments of their high-risk automated decision systems and data protection plans dealing with consumers' personal data. 

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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Directs several Federal agencies and offices to establish inter-agency and multi-stakeholder advisory committee, research initiatives, and strategic planning pertaining to the Nation's use, research, and development of AI.

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Apr 10 2019
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House of Representatives

Prohibits any federal funds from being used to advance a U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement, and calls on the President to develop and make public a plan for how the US will meet the agreement's greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals.  

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Apr 3 2019
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House of Representatives

Requires the Federal Trade Commission to establish and enforce regulations for entities handling sensitive user-data, including genetic information.

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Apr 1 2019
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House of Representatives

Seeks comment on needed updates to FERC's electric transmission incentives regulations and policy under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, last updated in 2012, in light of the evolution in electric power generation, the number of new resources seeking transmission service, shifts in load patterns, and the increased emphasis on reliability that have occurred in the past seven years.

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Jun 25 2019
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Mar 28 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Resolves that it is the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal that will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, create millions of good, high-wage jobs, to invest in US infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet current challenges, and to secure clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment.

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Mar 26 2019
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Senate

Seeks condemnation and cessation of the mass arbitrary detention of Turkic Muslims in the Xinjian Uighur Region of China by means of imposing controls of US's exports of surveillance advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and biometric technologies.

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Mar 22 2019
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House of Representatives

Proposes to allow gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of a Clean Air Act waiver currently applicable only to E10 to allow E15's sale during  summer months. 

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Apr 29 2019
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Mar 21 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Holds that National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to take climate change into account when evaluating the environmental impacts of granting oil and gas leases. 

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Apr 8 2019
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Mar 19 2019
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Sets forth recommendations regarding the development of bispecific (e.g., genetically-engineered) antibodies that can direct at two separate targets.

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Jun 18 2019
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Apr 18 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)