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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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Calls for the National Science Foundation to, in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, support opioid addiction research.

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Jun 27 2019
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Bipartisan bill that would establish a two-year pilot program in the Department of Energy's (DOE's) national labs to identify security vulnerabilities in the energy sector and evaluate technology to isolate critical energy-sector systems from cyberattacks, and would further establish a DOE working group to develop a national strategy for isolating the energy grid from cyberattacks.

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Jul 16 2019
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Jun 27 2019
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Expands and coordinates research activities related to cerebral cavernous malformations.

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Jun 27 2019
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Incentivizes states to permit mental health professionals to report individuals considered dangerous to prohibit their ability to purchase and possess firearms.

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Jun 27 2019
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Imposes new measures to ease access to and encourage research of cannabis.

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Jun 27 2019
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Senate

Authorizes grants through the Department of Justice to provide law enforcement officers with access to a behavioral health crisis response program.

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Jun 26 2019
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Implements continuing education requirements for practitioners who prescribe controlled substances.

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Jun 26 2019
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Requires a warning label for Schedules II - V opioids that they can cause dependence, addiction, and overdose.

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Jun 26 2019
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House of Representatives

Authorizes grants and appropriations relating to the opioid epidemic.

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Jun 26 2019
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House of Representatives

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)

Proposes amendments to EPA's regulations governing hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) to allow major HAP sources to reclassify as "area sources" once they limit their potential to emit HAPs to below the major source thresholds of 10 tons per year (tpy) for any single HAP or 25 tpy for any combination of HAPs.

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Jun 26 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Seeks condemnation and cessation of the mass arbitrary detention of Turkic Muslims in the Xinjian Uighur Region of China by means of imposing controls of US's exports of surveillance advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and biometric technologies.

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Mar 22 2019
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Holds that National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to take climate change into account when evaluating the environmental impacts of granting oil and gas leases. 

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Apr 8 2019
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Mar 19 2019
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Revises a set of 2015 conservation management plans by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS) to protect sage grouse habitat on federal land in several western states, reopening the habitat to oil and gas drilling. 

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Mar 15 2019
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Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Updates enforcement guidelines meant to limit teenage use of electronic cigarettes, including to require pre-market approval of all flavored e-cigarette devices by August 2021 and more strictly enforcing age verification methods for individuals who purchase these products.

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Apr 30 2019
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Mar 14 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Finalizes DOE regulation requiring Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans and information sharing agreements for route segments traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFTs).  

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Feb 28 2019
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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Proposes the coverage of some CAR-T gene therapies to treat specific types of cancers under Medicare.

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Mar 15 2019
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Feb 15 2019
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Repeals a section of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that opened a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling, and required the Department of the Interior to hold two drilling rights lease auctions by 2027.

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May 1 2019
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Feb 11 2019
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House of Representatives

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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May 21 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

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