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Provides $200m a year for next five years to assist public school districts in replacing traditional diesel buses with new, electric buses, with the aim of tacklng a significant portion of transportation sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Jun 6 2019
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Calls for the National Science Foundation to, in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, support opioid addiction research.

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Jun 6 2019
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Mandates a pilot program to provide service dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder following evidence-based treatment.

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Jun 5 2019
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Imposes a fee on opioid drug manufacturers to fund substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

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Jun 5 2019
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Establishes a grant program to encourage the use of assistance dogs by certain members of the Armed Forces and veterans.

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Jun 5 2019
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Reauthorizes programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to address public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, including those related to antimicrobial resistance and genomic engineering technologies.

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Jun 4 2019
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Reviews the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard, concluding that it has had little effect in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Jun 3 2019
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Outlines explicitly that it is unlawful for certain individuals to ship, transport, or possess biological agents and toxins.

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May 31 2019
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Reauthorizes funding in the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 and commissions a report from the Government Accountability Office regarding the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Grant Program.

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May 31 2019
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Removes the separate registration requirement for some drugs to treat substance use disorder and calls for an educational campaign for healthcare providers to better integrate substance use disorder treatments into their practices.

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May 31 2019
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Provides new provisions relating to immigrant family reunification and the treatment of children at the border, including a mandatory DNA test and collection of biometric data for individuals under eighteen years of age.

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May 31 2019
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House of Representatives

Authorizes $100 billion across ten fiscal years for grants to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

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Jun 19 2019
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May 31 2019
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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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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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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)

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)

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