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Provides recommendations regarding public health and safety responses to minimize COVID-19 spread if a hurricane were to strike the US.

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Jul 1 2020
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Recommends actions that state and local elections officials can take to enable elections to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jun 26 2020
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Examines existing vote-by-mail systems and explores potential challenges to scaling up systems for the 2020 general election.

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May 12 2020
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Allows the use of remdesivir to treat patients that have been hospitalized due to either a suspected or test-confirmed case of COVID-19.

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May 1 2020
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Summarizes the involvement of direct-to-consumer health and genetic testing companies in the pandemic response.

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Apr 28 2020
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Provides nearly $500 billion in additional funds for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to coronavirus.

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Apr 24 2020
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Senate

Provides an overview of the actions the federal government has taken to address the health emergency caused by COVID-19. 

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May 12 2020
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Apr 21 2020
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Summarizes the history, policy, and ethical concerns regarding human gene editing.

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Apr 13 2020
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Compares five data privacy bills in the 116th Congress and highlights lessons learned on the current debate on privacy regulation.

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Apr 7 2020
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Establishes and funds federal emergency assistance and healthcare programs to support individuals, families, and businesses in response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mar 27 2020
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Senate

Memorandum announcing temporary policy that EPA will not seek penalties for regulated entities, should they fail to meet routine monitoring and compliance obligations for air emissions, water discharges, hazardous waste management, and safe drinking water, due to COVID-19-related staffing shortages.  

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Mar 26 2020
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires the executive branch to develop a strategy for securing 5G technologies in the US, assisting US allies in maximizing 5G technology security, and protecting industry competitiveness and consumer privacy.

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Mar 23 2020
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Senate

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Examines existing vote-by-mail systems and explores potential challenges to scaling up systems for the 2020 general election.

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May 12 2020
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Allows the use of remdesivir to treat patients that have been hospitalized due to either a suspected or test-confirmed case of COVID-19.

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May 1 2020
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Summarizes the involvement of direct-to-consumer health and genetic testing companies in the pandemic response.

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Apr 28 2020
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Provides an overview of the actions the federal government has taken to address the health emergency caused by COVID-19. 

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May 12 2020
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Apr 21 2020
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Memorandum announcing temporary policy that EPA will not seek penalties for regulated entities, should they fail to meet routine monitoring and compliance obligations for air emissions, water discharges, hazardous waste management, and safe drinking water, due to COVID-19-related staffing shortages.  

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Mar 26 2020
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Suggests actions governments and companies can take to facilitate information sharing and fully leverage the power of the internet during emerging pandemics.

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Mar 19 2020
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Provides emergency funds to support the increased availability of nutrition programs, medical testing, paid leave, and tax breaks relating to the public health emergency designation of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Mar 18 2020
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House of Representatives

Prohibits certain government funds from being used to subsidize telecommunications equipment that poses a national security risk and offers federal funding to reimburse the removal or replacement of such telecommunications equipment.

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Mar 12 2020
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House of Representatives

Provides $8.3 billion in additional, emergency government spending to accelerate response measures to the coronavirus disease.

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Mar 6 2020
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House of Representatives

Requires airlines carrying passengers from China to collect and provide passenger information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Mar 6 2020
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Feb 24 2020
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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

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Feb 4 2020
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Establishes guidelines for federal agencies’ regulatory and non-regulatory action over certain artificial intelligence applications used by non-federal entities.

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Mar 13 2020
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Jan 7 2020
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