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Begins the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, which will take effect one year from delivery of the notification (i.e. Nov. 4, 2020).

 

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Nov 6 2019
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Nov 4 2019
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Department of State (DOS)

Recommends ethics guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in the US Department of Defense by providing five ethics principles and twelve recommendations on how the DOD can best incorporate those principles.

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Nov 1 2019
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Department of Defense (DOD)

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to encourage the development and implementation of campus plans to address mental health and prevent suicide in higher education institutions.

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Oct 31 2019
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House of Representatives

Provides updated guidelines for evaluating safety of nanomaterials in cosmetics.

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Oct 30 2019
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European Commission

Prohibits abortion on the basis of suspected knowledge that the fetus has Down syndrome.

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Oct 30 2019
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Senate

Prohibits abortion on the basis of suspected knowledge that the fetus has Down syndrome.

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Oct 29 2019
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House of Representatives

Re-establishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to advise the President on science, technology, education, and innovation policy.

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Nov 18 2019
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Oct 25 2019
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White House

Lays out plan for Democratic legislation encouraging the replacement of gas-powered cars with electric cars, that will be introduced if the Democrats gain a majority in the Senate in November 2020 elections

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Nov 3 2020
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Oct 24 2019
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Senate

Prohibits the use of physical biometric recognition technology, including technologies that identify an individual through DNA or through facial recognition, in federally-supported rental housing units. 

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Oct 23 2019
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Senate

Amends the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (Public Law 115-271) to develop training materials for pharmacists on confirming the identity of individuals picking up prescriptions for controlled substances; encourages states to adopt prescription drug monitoring programs.

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Oct 23 2019
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House of Representatives

Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Oct 22 2019
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Modifies required warning labels for cigarette packages and advertisements to better reflect known health risks and mandates that new textual warnings be printed alongside color images visualizing the negative health consequences.

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Oct 15 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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Encourages the transition to a clean energy economy in the US by drafting a report on and funding training programs for clean energy jobs. 

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Aug 2 2019
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House of Representatives

Reinterprets hazardous air pollutant (HAP) provisions of the Clean Air Act to allow "major sources" of HAPs to be reclassified as "area sources" once they emit less than 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP or 25 tpy of any combination of HAPs, undoing the existing "once in always in" rule. 

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Sep 24 2019
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Jul 26 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Puts in place process to reduce GHG emissions from all sectors of the New York state economy by 85% by 2050.

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Jul 18 2019
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State of New York

Recognizes the effect genome editing technology may have on society, and supports domestic and international cooperation in determining ethical standards for this type of research.

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Jul 15 2019
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Senate

Mandates the Department of Homeland Security produce a periodic report on digital content forgery technology, otherwise known as “deepfakes.”

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Jun 28 2019
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House of Representatives

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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Senate

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)

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)

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