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There have been 19 policies introduced over the past month

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Imposes a fee on opioid drug manufacturers to fund substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

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May 23 2019
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Expands mental health coverage among service members to those on reserve, and requires a report on the increase in mental health care usage rates from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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May 22 2019
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Commissions a study from the Government Accountability Office to assess memoranda and materials between the Veterans Health Administration and non-Department of Veterans Affairs groups relating to suicide prevention and mental health services.

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May 22 2019
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House of Representatives

Commissions a study by the Government Accountability Office to understand the staff and workload structure of suicide prevention coordinators within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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May 22 2019
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House of Representatives

Charges the Department of Veterans Affairs to inform Congress of any suicide or attempted suicide at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility.

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May 22 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)

Prompts the Department of Health and Human Services to begin a program involving at-home delivery of intravenous immune globulin to treat neuropathy conditions.

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May 22 2019
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House of Representatives

Requires the Department of Defense to award grants to fund research on orthotics and prosthetics for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and civilians who have undergone amputation, traumatic brain injury, and other serious physical injury as a result of combat or military experience.

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May 22 2019
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House of Representatives

Adds new restrictions around and proposes penalties for opioid "dubious" marketing or distribution practices.

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May 22 2019
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House of Representatives

Authorizes grants and appropriations relating to the opioid epidemic.

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May 22 2019
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House of Representatives

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)

Calls for new disclosure and enforcement requirements to increase parity in mental health and substance abuse benefits in health insurance plans.

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May 21 2019
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House of Representatives

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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

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 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)

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