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Commissions the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on evidence-based strategies for combating stress among teachers to improve classroom environments and reduce turnover in the educational profession.

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Aug 30 2019
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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)

Requires screening of inbound mail and cargo from designated high-risk countries for illicit synthetic opioids.

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Aug 21 2019
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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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Nov 14 2019
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Aug 12 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Allows for DNA testing at the United States border of aliens in order to determine whether or not a familial relationship exists between an alien and any accompanying minors.

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Aug 12 2019
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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)

Grants funds to provide fingerprint and DNA identification kits to parents of young children so as to assist with finding missing children should the situation arise.

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Aug 6 2019
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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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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)

Provides a cost-benefit analysis of reskilling workers at risk of being displaced by automation in private- and public-sector perspectives.

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Jan 22 2019
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World Economic Forum

Summarizes the proceedings of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing.

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Aug 13 2019
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Jan 8 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Supports the United States’s leadership in the research and development of quantum science and technology.

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Dec 21 2018
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House of Representatives

Addresses federal prison reform issues including the support of evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for prisoners with heroin and opioid use disorder under supervised release, and restricting solitary confinement for juveniles.

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Dec 21 2018
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Senate

Institutes a national standard for disclosing the bioengineered status of foods for retail sale.

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Dec 21 2018
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Amends chapter 47 of the United States Criminal Code regarding fraud and false statements to include the deceptive use or distribution of deepfakes, an artificial-enabled technology capable of editing audio and visual recordings.

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Dec 21 2018
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Amends the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to expand knowledge about the genomes and phenomes of crops and livestock in the United States.

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Dec 20 2018
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House of Representatives

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