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Extends privacy protection over certain online behavioral data and transfers enforcement of federal privacy laws from the Federal Trade Commission to a novel federal agency established by the bill: the Data Privacy Agency.

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Feb 13 2020
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Halts federal use of facial recognition technology by the federal government until Congress passes the facial recognition legislation proposed by a new commission established by the bill.

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Feb 12 2020
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Expands government grant programs to encourage the participation of veterans in STEM and computer science fields.

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Feb 11 2020
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Examines the global health and policy responses to the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. 

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Feb 4 2020
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Supports chemical screening capabilities for narcotics at ports of entry and creates a centralized spectral database to aid in the chemical detection of such substances.

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Feb 4 2020
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Senate

Extends the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act privacy protection to teenagers age 12 to 18, expands the scope of covered information and limits the allowed uses of covered information of minors.

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Jan 29 2020
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House of Representatives

Bans sharing US intelligence with countries allowing Huawei’s 5G technology within their borders.

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Jan 21 2020
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Requires the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to personally justify the decision to approve an opioid medication for marketing, if it goes against the relevant FDA Advisory Committee’s recommendation.

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Jan 16 2020
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House of Representatives

Establishes a grant program to support the expansion and improvement of substance abuse prevention, chronic pain management, and addiction treatment education in medical schools and health-related professional schools.

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Jan 16 2020
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House of Representatives

Creates a public education campaign to raise awareness about synthetic opioids.

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Jan 16 2020
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Proposes four strategic goals for the years 2020–2025 to leverage Health Information Technology as a tool to improve healthcare and secure health related data.

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Mar 18 2020
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Jan 15 2020
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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Requires scientists conducting National Institutes of Health-funded research to create plans for managing and sharing scientific data produced as a result of that research.

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Mar 11 2020
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Jan 10 2020
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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Begins the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, which will take effect one year from delivery of the notification (i.e. Nov. 4, 2020).

 

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Nov 6 2019
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Nov 4 2019
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Department of State (DOS)

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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Recommends that NHTSA and EPA conduct an interim evaluation of CAFE standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in 2021-2022 to ensure and improve their effectiveness and value, which would address vehicle technologies, fuel mix, efficiency of the freight system, and future regulatory frameworks.

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Oct 4 2019
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Oct 4 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Proposes framework for capping CO2 emissions from the combustion of the fossil component of finished motor gasoline and on-road diesel fuel in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

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Nov 30 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Transportation Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Revokes California's authority to impose stricter GHG emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks than those imposed by the federal government. 

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Sep 27 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Replaces federal gasoline tax with a multi-sector carbon tax as source of funding for federal highway infrastructure spending.  

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Sep 26 2019
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House of Representatives

Provides funding to support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the electrical grid.

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Sep 25 2019
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Senate

Mandates the Department of Homeland Security produce a periodic report on digital content forgery technology, otherwise known as “deepfakes.”

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Sep 10 2019
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Senate

Sets terms for voluntary agreement between California Air Resources Board and several major automakers to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light duty trucks. 

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Sep 6 2019
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State of California

Revises current regulations on movement of certain genetically engineered organisms, particularly those posing a plant pest risk, in order to create a more efficient process in which developers can transport their products.

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Aug 5 2019
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Aug 5 2019
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Encourages the transition to a clean energy economy in the US by drafting a report on and funding training programs for clean energy jobs. 

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Aug 2 2019
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House of Representatives

Reinterprets hazardous air pollutant (HAP) provisions of the Clean Air Act to allow "major sources" of HAPs to be reclassified as "area sources" once they emit less than 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP or 25 tpy of any combination of HAPs, undoing the existing "once in always in" rule. 

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Sep 24 2019
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Jul 26 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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