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Prohibits abortion on the basis of suspected knowledge that the fetus has Down syndrome.

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Oct 30 2019
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Prohibits abortion on the basis of suspected knowledge that the fetus has Down syndrome.

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Oct 29 2019
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House of Representatives

Prohibits genetic testing on fetuses to determine sexual orientation and abortions based on the same.

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Oct 28 2019
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Re-establishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to advise the President on science, technology, education, and innovation policy.

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Nov 18 2019
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Oct 25 2019
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Summarizes gaps in research and development related to opioids, and recommends coordinated government action to combat the opioid crisis.

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Dec 5 2018
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Oct 24 2019
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Lays out plan for Democratic legislation encouraging the replacement of gas-powered cars with electric cars, that will be introduced if the Democrats gain a majority in the Senate in November 2020 elections

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Nov 3 2020
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Oct 24 2019
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Prohibits the use of biometric recognition technology and analytics in certain federally assisted rental housing.

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Oct 23 2019
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Amends the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (Public Law 115-271) to develop training materials for pharmacists on confirming the identity of individuals picking up prescriptions for controlled substances; encourages states to adopt prescription drug monitoring programs.

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Oct 23 2019
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Establishes a Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator to oversee Department of Homeland Security efforts on addressing threats from unmanned aircraft systems.

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Oct 23 2019
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Authorizes Swedish Match Inc. to market eight smokeless tobacco products in the US using modified warning labels and advertisements that indicate reduced health risks in comparison to regular cigarettes.

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Oct 22 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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Oct 18 2019
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Modifies required warning labels for cigarette packages and advertisements to better reflect known health risks and mandates that new textual warnings be printed alongside color images visualizing the negative health consequences.

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Oct 15 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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Requires that within two years, the Federal Trade Commission will require entities under the Commission's jurisdiction to conduct impact assessments of their high-risk automated decision systems and data protection plans dealing with consumers' personal data. 

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Apr 10 2019
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Directs several Federal agencies and offices to establish inter-agency and multi-stakeholder advisory committee, research initiatives, and strategic planning pertaining to the Nation's use, research, and development of AI.

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Apr 10 2019
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Bipartisan bill that would expand an existing tax credit in the Internal Revenue Code for new plug-in electric drive motor vehicles to an additional 400,000 vehicles, and extend the (expired) tax credit for new fuel cell motor vehicles through 2028.

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Apr 9 2019
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Prohibits use of federal funds toward withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and requires development of an agreement compliance plan. 

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Apr 3 2019
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House of Representatives

Requires the Federal Trade Commission to establish and enforce regulations for entities handling sensitive user-data, including genetic information.

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Apr 1 2019
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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)

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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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)

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