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Updates 1999 monograph of over-the-counter sunscreen ingredients generally recognized as safe and effective and addresses nanomaterials in sunscreens.

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Jun 28 2019
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Apr 18 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Sets forth recommendations regarding the development of bispecific (e.g., genetically-engineered) antibodies that can direct at two separate targets.

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Jun 19 2019
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Apr 18 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Retains current NAAQs for SOx of 75 ppb, established under the Obama Administration in 2010, without revision. 

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Apr 17 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Examines how the Department of Veterans Affairs determines traumatic brain injury related impairments to award disability compensation, and provides recommendations to improve this process.

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Apr 10 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Promotes more rapid building of and investment in the domestic oil and gas industry by ordering EPA to revise Clean Water Act guidance and regulations that currently allow states to influence pipeline permitting decisions; directing the Department of Transportation to revise safety regulations for LNG facilities and allow the transport of LNG by rail; and directing the Labor Department to loosen regulations governing investment by retirement plans in the energy sector.   

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Apr 10 2019
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Instructs the State Department to revise and expedite the process for issuing Presidential permits for oil and gas pipelines, tunnels, bridges and other facilities crossing international boundaries, in response to the extended process required for approving the Keystone XL Pipeline border crossing into Canada. 

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Apr 10 2019
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White House

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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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on lung cancer in women to promote preventative services and public awareness.

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Apr 10 2019
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House of Representatives

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on lung cancer in women to promote preventative services and public awareness.

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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Incorporates a cognitive impairment exam into the Medicare annual wellness visit in an attempt to provide earlier and better care to individuals living with Alzheimer's disease.

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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Imposes new guidelines and a framework for online operators that conduct behavioral research to protect consumers.

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Apr 9 2019
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Senate

Establishes requirements intended to protect individuals' personally identifiable genetic information as collected by genetic testing services.

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Apr 9 2019
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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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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Prohibits any federal funds from being used to advance a U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement, and calls on the President to develop and make public a plan for how the US will meet the agreement's greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals.  

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Apr 3 2019
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House of Representatives

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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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

Proposes to allow gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of a Clean Air Act waiver currently applicable only to E10 to allow E15's sale during  summer months. 

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Apr 29 2019
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Mar 21 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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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Feb 11 2019
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House of Representatives

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Supplies Food and Drug Administration staff and industry professionals with the most up-to-date thinking of the agency regarding development of implanted brain-computer interface devices to spur development of such devices for patients with paralysis or amputation.

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Apr 26 2019
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Feb 25 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Strikes down April 2017 Trump Executive Order opening Arctic Ocean to oil and gas exploration as unlawful and in excess pf the president's authority, and reinstates Obama orders withdrawing the area from drilling.

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Apr 28 2019
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Mar 29 2019
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Proposes to allow gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of a Clean Air Act waiver currently applicable only to E10 to allow E15's sale during  summer months. 

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Apr 29 2019
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Mar 21 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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)

Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals, provide for a reactor-based fast neutron source, and make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts.

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Apr 30 2019
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Mar 27 2019
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Senate

Requests views on whether the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should resume rulemaking on ground water protection near uranium in situ recovery facilities now that the Environmental Protection Agency is no longer pursuing its own regulations for such facilities.

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May 3 2019
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Mar 1 2019
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Limits the types of light bulbs that are subject to minimum energy efficiency standards, reversing a final rule issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) under President Obama on January 19, 2017.

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May 3 2019
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Feb 11 2019
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Department of Energy (DOE)

New "Process Rule" for the establishment of new or revised energy conservation standards for consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment, that would prevent new efficiency standards from being issued that save less than one quad of energy over 30 years. 

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May 6 2019
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Feb 13 2019
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Department of Energy (DOE)