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Authorizes the Department of Agriculture to use the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for the defense of US agriculture and food.

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Dec 17 2019
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Amends the Social Security Act to direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to make separate payments for non-opioid pain-management treatments in outpatient surgical procedures.

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Dec 17 2019
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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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Dec 16 2019
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Directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund multidisciplinary research with potential relevance to suicide prevention and mental health treatment by issuing competitive, merit-based grants to universities and academic consortia.

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Dec 12 2019
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Designates 988 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide and mental health hotline.

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Dec 11 2019
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Senate

Evaluates and improves drug testing for transportation-related activities.

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Dec 11 2019
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Authorizes the National Institutes of Health to grant awards supporting researchers focused on pediatric research.

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Dec 11 2019
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Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a grant program to improve emergency department responses to patients at risk of suicide.

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Dec 10 2019
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Details policies potentially governing the recently-announced data sharing partnership between Google and Ascension.

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Dec 10 2019
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Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a review of veteran suicides

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Dec 5 2019
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Issues final significant new use rules (SNUR) for 22 chemical substances, including carbon nanomaterial (generic), and includes guidelines to minimize risk of harmful exposure to humans and the environment.

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Nov 25 2019
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Removes cannabis from the schedules of controlled substances, directs federal courts to expunge certain cannabis-related convictions, and establishes a trust fund for reinvestment in communities adversely affected by the past enforcement actions for drug offenses.

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Jan 15 2020
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Nov 21 2019
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House of Representatives

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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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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)

Directs EPA offices to change their methods for calculating the health benefits of reducing pollution and taking other regulatory actions.

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May 21 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Establishes a task force to study the effects of automated accounts on public opinion and elections.

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May 21 2019
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House of Representatives

Restricts Federal acquisition and use of critical information and communication technologies developed, installed, and/or purchased by a foreign power.

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May 17 2019
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Executive Office of the President

Establishes a process at the Colorado public utilities commission through which a public utility may implement an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure program within the utility's service area.

 

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May 15 2019
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Eases safety rules put in place by Obama administration after 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident to prevent catastrophic accidents during offshore oil and gas operations.  

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May 15 2019
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Department of the Interior (DOI)

Requires executive branch approval for transferring to China technology, intellectual property, and other innovation that is important to the US national interest, economy, or military.

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May 14 2019
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Senate

Requires the Office of Personnel Management to create a voluntary rotational cyber-workforce program for Federal agencies.

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Apr 30 2019
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