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Establishes the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee to advise and make recommendations to the Executive Branch in regard to trends and developments of quantum technology and research.

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Oct 4 2019
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Sep 5 2019
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Proposes to eliminates energy efficiency requirements for standard residential light bulbs that were supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2020, under a George W. Bush-era amendment to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. 

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Nov 4 2019
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Sep 5 2019
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Department of Energy (DOE)

Identify methods to maximize GHG emissions reductions possible through direct federal infrastructure investment.

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Sep 3 2019
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Center for American Progress

Outlines the budget proposed by the National Nanotechnology Initiative for nanotechnology-related investments in the President’s 2020 Budget and provides information on progress made toward goals of the initiative.

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Aug 30 2019
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National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)

Updating and clarifying rule the substantive and procedural requirements for state, local and tribal government water quality certification under Clean Water Act Section 401 to expedite oil and gas and other infrastructure projects that might affect bodies of water in their localities. 

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Oct 21 2019
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Aug 22 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Reports goals, accomplishments, and future directions for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Nanotechnology Research Center.

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Aug 20 2019
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Bipartisan bill that would establish a two-year pilot program in the Department of Energy's (DOE's) national labs to identify security vulnerabilities in the energy sector and evaluate technology to isolate critical energy-sector systems from cyberattacks, and would further establish a DOE working group to develop a national strategy for isolating the energy grid from cyberattacks.

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Aug 16 2019
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Aug 15 2019
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Develops an ethical and regulatory framework of potential clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

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Oct 15 2019
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Aug 12 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Streamlines state and tribal government water quality certification process under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401, "to increase the predictability and timeliness of section 401 certification" and speed the development of infrastructure projects that may result in pollution discharges to waters of the United States. 

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Aug 8 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Permits CAR T-cell therapy to be covered under Medicare when administered in approved healthcare facilities.

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Aug 7 2019
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

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)

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Requires executive branch approval for transferring to China technology, intellectual property, and other innovation that is important to the US national interest, economy, or military.

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May 14 2019
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Senate

Requires the Office of Personnel Management to create a voluntary rotational cyber-workforce program for Federal agencies.

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Apr 30 2019
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Senate

Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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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Senate

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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House of Representatives

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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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

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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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

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