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Amends and repeals some recommendations involving radiation protection for medical procedures and standards for x-ray systems, lasers, and ultrasonic therapy products.

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Jul 1 2019
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Apr 1 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Strikes down April 2017 Trump Executive Order opening Arctic Ocean to oil and gas exploration as unlawful and in excess pf the president's authority, and reinstates Obama orders withdrawing the area from drilling.

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Apr 28 2019
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Mar 29 2019
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Commissions a study from the Government Accountability Office to better understand and address barriers that have prevented certain populations from participating in federally funded cancer clinical trials.

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Mar 29 2019
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House of Representatives

Calls for a pilot program within the Department of Veterans Affairs to understand the benefits of posttraumatic growth programs on certain veterans.

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Mar 29 2019
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Revokes a March 23, 2017 Presidential permit, since invalidated by the courts, that had permitted the US-Canada border crossing for the Keystone XL Pipeline, and issues a new permit for a border crossing at a separate site. 

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Mar 29 2019
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Creates a new owner audit program for upstream exploration and production sites where there has been significant CAA noncompliance to make it easier for the regulated community to self-disclose and correct violations. 

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Apr 17 2019
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Mar 29 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Expands the responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to further support the Administration's monitoring, understanding, and exploration of the Nation's waters including the use of unmanned vehicles and sensors. 

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Mar 28 2019
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Senate

Prohibits the use of chlorpyrifos on food and orders a review of the neurodevelopmental effects and other low-dose effects of exposure to or­gan­o­phos­phate pesticides.

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Mar 28 2019
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Senate

Commissions a study from the Government Accountability Office to better understand and address barriers that have prevented certain populations from participating in federally funded cancer clinical trials.

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Mar 28 2019
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Senate

Opens an examination of whether and how to revise FERC policies on determining the return on equity (ROE) used in setting rates charged by jurisdictional public utilities.

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

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)

Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals, provide for a reactor-based fast neutron source, and make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts.

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Apr 30 2019
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Mar 27 2019
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Senate

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Amends the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to expand knowledge about the genomes and phenomes of crops and livestock in the United States.

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Dec 20 2018
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House of Representatives

Rolls back 2015 EPA rule requiring all new coal-fired power plants to employ carbon capture technology to control greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Mar 18 2019
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Dec 20 2018
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Provides notice that State Department will comply with November 8, 2018 federal court decision requiring new environmental impact statement (EIS) under NEPA in order to authorize Keystone XL Pipeline

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Dec 3 2018
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Department of State (DOS)

Replaces Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP)

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Oct 31 2018
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Implements a wide variety of programs and initiatives to address the opioid crisis in the United States.

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Oct 26 2018
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House of Representatives

Replaces Obama-era combined average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light duty trucks. 

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Oct 26 2018
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Supports the increased access to and research of radio frequency technology to strengthen economic activity and​ national security of federal and non-federal stakeholders.

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Oct 25 2018
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Executive Office of the President

Creates terms and conditions for carrying out DNA testing to unify families.

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Oct 1 2018
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House of Representatives

Advances electronic Government initiatives by improving the framework of information technology accessibility, policy-making, and security.

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Sep 27 2018
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House of Representatives

Creates an Emerging Technology Policy Lab to promote collaborative and impactful uses of artificial intelligence within and outside of the Federal government.

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Sep 26 2018
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Senate

Proposes to revise April 2016 regulations for offshore oil and gas well control and blowout preventer systems to reduce "unnecessary regulatory burdens." 

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Aug 6 2018
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Department of the Interior (DOI)

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

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Jul 3 2018
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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