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Proposes to eliminates energy efficiency requirements for standard residential light bulbs that were supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2020, under a George W. Bush-era amendment to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. 

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Nov 4 2019
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Sep 5 2019
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Department of Energy (DOE)

Identify methods to maximize GHG emissions reductions possible through direct federal infrastructure investment.

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Sep 3 2019
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Center for American Progress

Outlines the budget proposed by the National Nanotechnology Initiative for nanotechnology-related investments in the President’s 2020 Budget and provides information on progress made toward goals of the initiative.

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Aug 30 2019
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National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)

Commissions the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on evidence-based strategies for combating stress among teachers to improve classroom environments and reduce turnover in the educational profession.

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Aug 30 2019
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Updating and clarifying rule the substantive and procedural requirements for state, local and tribal government water quality certification under Clean Water Act Section 401 to expedite oil and gas and other infrastructure projects that might affect bodies of water in their localities. 

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Oct 21 2019
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Aug 22 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires screening of inbound mail and cargo from designated high-risk countries for illicit synthetic opioids.

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Aug 21 2019
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House of Representatives

Reports goals, accomplishments, and future directions for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Nanotechnology Research Center.

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Aug 20 2019
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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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Aug 16 2019
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Aug 15 2019
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Develops an ethical and regulatory framework of potential clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

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Nov 14 2019
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Aug 12 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Streamlines state and tribal government water quality certification process under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401, "to increase the predictability and timeliness of section 401 certification" and speed the development of infrastructure projects that may result in pollution discharges to waters of the United States. 

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Aug 8 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Permits CAR T-cell therapy to be covered under Medicare when administered in approved healthcare facilities.

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Aug 7 2019
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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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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Mar 26 2019
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Senate

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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House of Representatives

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

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