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Suggests actions governments and companies can take to facilitate information sharing and fully leverage the power of the internet during emerging pandemics.

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Mar 19 2020
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Provides that EPA should whenever possible rely on studies for which all underlying data and models are publicly available to promulgate "significant regulatory decisions," and assigns lower weight to the evidence, findings and conclusions of any studies that are based on confidential information that cannot be publicly disclosed. 

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May 18 2020
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Mar 18 2020
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Provides emergency funds to support the increased availability of nutrition programs, medical testing, paid leave, and tax breaks relating to the public health emergency designation of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Mar 18 2020
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Prohibits certain government funds from being used to subsidize telecommunications equipment that poses a national security risk and offers federal funding to reimburse the removal or replacement of such telecommunications equipment.

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Mar 12 2020
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Clarifies which regulatory agencies have primary jurisdiction over the regulation of three categories of digital assets — crypto-currencies, crypto-commodities, and crypto-securities — and requires that these agencies collect and make publicly accessible information about creating and trading these assets.

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Mar 9 2020
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House of Representatives

Imposes licensing requirements to exports of certain geospatial imagery software enabled by machine learning from the US to any destination other than Canada.

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Mar 6 2020
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Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

Provides $8.3 billion in additional, emergency government spending to accelerate response measures to the coronavirus disease.

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Mar 6 2020
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House of Representatives

Authorizes grants to states to fund a three-year pilot program to screen students for dyslexia and other reading difficulties and provide structured intervention.

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Mar 2 2020
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Raises the legal age at which entities can sell and market most tobacco products from 18 to 21, imposes new restrictions on the advertising and marketing of tobacco products, and directs further study about the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.

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Feb 28 2020
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House of Representatives

Advances scientific multidisciplinary research on the factors relevant to suicide to address the rising rate of suicides in the United States.

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Feb 27 2020
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Senate

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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Feb 24 2020
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Department of Defense (DOD)

Requires airlines carrying passengers from China to collect and provide passenger information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Mar 6 2020
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Feb 24 2020
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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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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Jan 2 2020
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Adds fines and enforcement mechanisms against unauthenticated robocalls, requires voice service providers to authenticate calls originating from phone lines or from the internet, and increases protections for voice service subscribers from receiving unwanted calls or text messages from unauthenticated numbers.

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May 15 2020
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Dec 30 2019
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Senate

Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law, requires the provision of grants to those entities for cybersecurity and infrastructure security activities, and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Nov 21 2019
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Senate

Requires law enforcement agents to obtain a court order in order to use facial recognition technology in public spaces to surveil individuals for more than three days.

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Nov 14 2019
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Senate

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)

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

Recommends that NHTSA and EPA conduct an interim evaluation of CAFE standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in 2021-2022 to ensure and improve their effectiveness and value, which would address vehicle technologies, fuel mix, efficiency of the freight system, and future regulatory frameworks.

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Oct 4 2019
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Oct 4 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Proposes framework for capping CO2 emissions from the combustion of the fossil component of finished motor gasoline and on-road diesel fuel in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

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Nov 30 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Transportation Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Revokes California's authority to impose stricter GHG emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks than those imposed by the federal government. 

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Sep 27 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Replaces federal gasoline tax with a multi-sector carbon tax as source of funding for federal highway infrastructure spending.  

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Sep 26 2019
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House of Representatives

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

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Sep 25 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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Sep 10 2019
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