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There have been 13 policies introduced over the past month

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Requires regulations to safeguard consumer privacy and security when interacting with automatic telephone dialing systems or calls made using an artificial or prerecorded voice.

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Jul 17 2019
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Bipartisan bill that promotes the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the US economy.

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Jul 17 2019
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Recommends relaxing regulatory oversight of civilian nuclear power plants, including decreasing frequency and scope of federal inspections. 

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Jul 17 2019
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Reauthorizes the federal Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program that had been implemented as part of the 2009 post-recession stimulus package, but had been allowed to expire in 2014.  

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Jul 17 2019
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Lowers the civil penalty that automakers must pay when new cars and trucks exceed corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, from $14 to $5.50 per extra 0.1 miles per gallon (mpg), undoing a 2016 Obama Administration rulemaking.

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Jul 12 2019
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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

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Jul 10 2019
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Directs the Department of Energy to develop and leverage artificial intelligence resources to support the Department of Veterans Affairs' healthcare services.

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Jul 16 2019
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Jul 9 2019
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Bolsters stress and mental health related programs for law enforcement officers.

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Jul 9 2019
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Provides funding to support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the electrical grid.

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Jul 9 2019
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Bipartisan bill that directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a program for capturing CO2 produced during  generation of electric power from natural gas.

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Jul 16 2019
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Jul 9 2019
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A bipartisan bill that would require the Secretary of Energy to establish a demonstration initiative focused on the development of long-duration energy storage technologies, including a joint program to be established in consultation with the Secretary of Defense.

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Jul 9 2019
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Senate

Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to reduce the cost of energy storage through research, development, and demonstration.

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Jul 9 2019
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Provides funding to support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the electrical grid.

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Jul 9 2019
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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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Jun 27 2019
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Bipartisan bill that would extend the wind investment tax credit (ITC) at 30 percent for offshore wind projects that start  construction by January 2027 or the year after the US has reached 3,000 MW of new offshore wind capacity.

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Jun 26 2019
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Senate

Updates the original, 2016 Strategic Plan to direct the government's ongoing research, development, and investment efforts into artificial intelligence.

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Jun 21 2019
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Calls for the Federal Trade Commission to bolster privacy and security protections for consumers' personal health data, including genetic information and information relating to mental health.

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Jun 13 2019
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Senate

Allows sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) year round, including summer months. 

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Jun 10 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Updates regulations pertaining to the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of genetically modified organisms.

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Aug 5 2019
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Jun 6 2019
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

White paper, written with RAND Corporation, examining three alternative scenarios for deep decarbonization of the United States economy by 2050.

 

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May 28 2019
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C2ES

Finds that there would be no significant environmental impacts from  lifting an Obama-era moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands, paving the way for the moratorium to be lifted. 

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Jun 6 2019
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May 22 2019
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Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Directs EPA offices to change their methods for calculating the health benefits of reducing pollution and taking other regulatory actions.

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May 21 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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

Establishes a process at the Colorado public utilities commission through which a public utility may implement an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure program within the utility's service area.

 

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May 15 2019
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Provides guidance on how National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation should address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Jul 26 2019
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Jun 26 2019
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Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Addresses the opioid crisis by preventing the misuse of prescription opioid analgesics through communicating the risks of opioid analgesics and educating those who prescribe or provide opioid medications.

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Jul 30 2019
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Sep 18 2018
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Updates regulations pertaining to the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of genetically modified organisms.

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Aug 5 2019
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Jun 6 2019
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Summarizes the proceedings of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing.

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Aug 13 2019
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Jan 8 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Describes the FDA's current thinking regarding the benefit-risk assessment framework for new opioid drug applications.

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Aug 20 2019
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Jun 21 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)