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Ensures that veterans who use marijuana in accordance with state law have their Department of Veterans Affairs benefits fully administered.

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Apr 9 2019
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Instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs to understand how media campaigns can be used to prevent suicide and raise awareness about mental health and enhance oversight of these processes.

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Apr 9 2019
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Authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to arrange and dispatch cyber-specialists to requesting entities throughout the Nation following a cyber incident.

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Apr 8 2019
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Grants authorities and responsibilities to the President requiring the identification of foreign cyber threat actors and their supporters to Congress as well as the imposition of sanctions on the designees.

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Apr 8 2019
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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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Apr 4 2019
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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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Updates and reauthorizes the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, including the use of unmanned maritime systems and high performance computing to monitor and analyze the Nation's water systems.

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Apr 3 2019
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Bolsters stress and mental health related programs for law enforcement officers.

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Apr 3 2019
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A rulemaking process to update standards for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from highway heavy-duty trucks and engines.

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Apr 3 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Addresses the global epidemics of autism, hydrocephalus, and Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by establishing assistance, training, and treatment programs pertaining to these diseases worldwide.

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Apr 3 2019
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Removes lead acetate from the list of acceptable color additives for coloring hair on the scalp.

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Apr 1 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Requires wholesale electric power markets to create new rules that will allow for the participation of energy storage resources in energy wholesale markets.

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Apr 1 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

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Outlines the President's "American AI Initiative" which defines priorities for the research, development, and standardization of Artificial Intelligence in the federal government and society.

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Feb 11 2019
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Executive Office of the President

Proposes to determine that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollutants, including mercury, emitted from power plants, based on significant downward revision of estimate of benefits from 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Rule.  

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Mar 25 2019
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Feb 7 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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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Feb 7 2019
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House of Representatives

Federal court ruling temporarily blocking construction of Keystone Pipeline XL until completion of further environmental review. 

Latest Action: Federal government appeals court's decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.   

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Feb 1 2019
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US District Court for the District of Montana

Aims to help reduce U.S. carbon pollution by up to 45% from 2016 levels by 2030, and over 90% by 2050, by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton,  increased by $10 every year.

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Jan 24 2019
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House of Representatives

Post-Fukushima Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety rule that requires U.S. commercial nuclear reactors to maintain resources and procedures to cool a reactor’s core and spent fuel pool, as well as preserve the reactor’s containment, following a disabling event, among other safety requirements.

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Jan 24 2019
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Provides a cost-benefit analysis of reskilling workers at risk of being displaced by automation in private- and public-sector perspectives.

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Jan 22 2019
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World Economic Forum

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

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

Supports the United States’s leadership in the research and development of quantum science and technology.

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Dec 21 2018
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House of Representatives

Addresses federal prison reform issues including the support of evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for prisoners with heroin and opioid use disorder under supervised release, and restricting solitary confinement for juveniles.

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Dec 21 2018
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Senate

Institutes a national standard for disclosing the bioengineered status of foods for retail sale.

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Dec 21 2018
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Amends chapter 47 of the United States Criminal Code regarding fraud and false statements to include the deceptive use or distribution of deepfakes, an artificial-enabled technology capable of editing audio and visual recordings.

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Dec 21 2018
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