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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

Places restrictions on social media platforms' software that otherwise encourages users to remain on the platforms for extended periods.

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Jul 30 2019
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Senate

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)

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

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Jul 25 2019
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State of California

Puts in place process to reduce GHG emissions from all sectors of the New York state economy by 85% by 2050.

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Jul 18 2019
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State of New York

Requires regulations to safeguard consumer privacy and security when interacting with automatic telephone dialing systems or calls made using an artificial or prerecorded voice.

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Jul 17 2019
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Recommends relaxing regulatory oversight of civilian nuclear power plants, including decreasing frequency and scope of federal inspections. 

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Jul 17 2019
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Reauthorizes the federal Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program that had been implemented as part of the 2009 post-recession stimulus package, but had been allowed to expire in 2014.  

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Jul 17 2019
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House of Representatives

Recognizes the effect genome editing technology may have on society, and supports domestic and international cooperation in determining ethical standards for this type of research.

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Jul 15 2019
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Senate
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Jul 12 2019
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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

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

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Jul 10 2019
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Senate

Delineates the process for placing chemicals into appropriate hazard groups and setting appropriate occupational exposure limits.

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Jul 10 2019
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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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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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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May 1 2019
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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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May 21 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

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

Post-Fukushima Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety rule that requires U.S. commercial nuclear reactors to maintain resources and procedures to cool a reactor’s core and spent fuel pool, as well as preserve the reactor’s containment, following a disabling event, among other safety requirements.

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Jan 24 2019
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

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