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There have been 17 policies introduced over the past month

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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 15 2019
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Mar 14 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Proposes to allow gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of a waiver that currently applies to E10 to allow its sale during the summer months. 

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Mar 12 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Sets out President's proposed spending plan for the federal government for 2020, including budget requests relevant to science research, innovation, regulation and enforcement.

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Mar 11 2019
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White House

Rescinds Obama-era requirement for Executive Office to publish annual report of civilian US operated drone strikes along with military operated strikes. 

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Mar 11 2019
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Executive Office of the President

Issues a call to action to address suicide by veterans through a multi-pronged approach involving federal, state, and local government.

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Mar 8 2019
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White House

Requests views on whether the NRC should resume rulemaking started under President Bush in 2006 and suspended under President Obama in 2010 to  codify requirements specifically addressing ground water protection at uranium in situ recovery (ISR) facilities, rather than subject them to regulations for conventional uranium mines.

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

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)

Unanimous joint resolution put forward by Senate Democrats affirming the reality of climate change and affirming that Congress should take immediate action to address it.

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Feb 28 2019
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Senate

Instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs to understand how media campaigns can be used to prevent suicide and raise awareness about mental health and enhance oversight of these processes.

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Feb 28 2019
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Senate

Seeks to eliminate the five-month waiting period for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis​ to receive disability insurance benefits.

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Feb 27 2019
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Senate

Seeks to eliminate the five-month waiting period for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis​ to receive disability insurance benefits.

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Feb 27 2019
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House of Representatives

Track Science Policy (of the past 365 days)

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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. 

Last Action
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 15 2019
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Mar 14 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Proposes to allow gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of a waiver that currently applies to E10 to allow its sale during the summer months. 

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Mar 12 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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

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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Mar 25 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

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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Aug 5 2019
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Feb 7 2019
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Senate

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

Track Science Policy (of the past 365 days)

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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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Mar 25 2019
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Feb 7 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Specifies and addresses gaps or inconsistencies regarding best practices for chronic and acute pain management, and provides updates and recommendations to those practices.

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Apr 1 2019
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Dec 31 2018
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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Provides non-binding guidance for industry to assist the development of drugs and biological products to treat or prevent rare diseases. 

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Apr 2 2019
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Jan 16 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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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Apr 12 2019
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Feb 11 2019
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Department of Energy (DOE)
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Apr 15 2019
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Feb 13 2019
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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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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Apr 15 2019
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Feb 13 2019
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Department of Energy (DOE)

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 15 2019
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Mar 14 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)