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The Regulatory Week in Review: December 11, 2015

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  • A day before the expiration of a stopgap Continuing Resolution that had been funding the federal government since the beginning of the fiscal year, the U.S. Senate passed a five-day spending bill to avert a government shutdown while lawmakers work on finalizing a long-term omnibus spending bill.
  • Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, reportedly announced that President Obama’s staff is preparing a proposal for his review that would tighten background checks on gun sales—a measure that potentially would take the form of an executive order, which would not require congressional approval.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would prohibit companies from creating cosmetic products containing microbeads, which are small plastic beads that reportedly are entering lakes and impacting wildlife.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved XSTAT 30 wound dressing, a special type of sponge that would be used in military and civilian trauma settings to stem profuse bleeding from body parts that a tourniquet cannot otherwise cover, such as the groin and armpit areas.