Recent CRS Reports – March 2013

Federal Programs Available to Unemployed Workers, CRS Report RL34251, January 9, 2013 (21-page PDF) Congressional Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act: A Legal Overview, CRS Report R42482, January 31, 2013 (17-page PDF) The Increase in Unemployment Since 2007: Is It Cyclical or Structural?, CRS Report R41785, January 24, 2013 (24-page PDF) Water Resource Issues in … Read more

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Recent CRS Reports – February 2013

Hydropower: Federal and Nonfederal Investment, CRS Report R42579, January 22, 2013 (32-page PDF) Using Business Tax Cuts to Stimulate the Economy, CRS Report RL31134, January 18, 2013 (21-page PDF) Trade Primer: Qs and As on Trade Concepts, Performance, and Policy, CRS Report RL33944, January 18, 2013 (39-page PDF) An Analysis of Where American Companies Report … Read more

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Recent CRS Reports – Early March 2013

Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, CRS Report R42507, March 20, 2013 (95-page PDF) Social Security Administration (SSA): Budget Issues, CRS Report R41716, March 19, 2013 (20-page PDF) Public Mass Shootings in the United States: Selected Implications for Federal Public Health and Safety Policy, CRS Report R43004, March 18, 2013 (44-page PDF) The Amending Process in … Read more

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The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Some of the growth is attributable to changes in federal criminal justice policy during the previous three decades. An issue before Congress is whether policymakers consider the rate of growth in the federal prison population sustainable, and if not, … Read more

Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC / Legislative Branch Appropriations (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC To ensure that Congress has independent sources of information from the executive branch to support it in its legislative and oversight responsibilities, Congress formed several legislative branch agencies.   Stone Preservation on Capitol Hill   … Read more

Library of Congress / Congressional Research Service / CRS (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Library of Congress / Congressional Research Service / CRS The photograph by Carol Highsmith is of the Main Reading Room in the Jefferson Building. The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is … Read more

Lame Duck / “Lame Duck” Session (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Lame Duck / “Lame Duck” Session When Congress (or either chamber) reconvenes in an even-numbered year following the November general elections to consider various items of business. Some lawmakers who return for this session will not be in the next Congress. Hence, they are informally … Read more

“Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline: Legal Issues” CRS Report for Congress R42124, January 23, 2012

“Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline: Legal Issues,” by Adam Vann, Kristina Alexander, Vanessa K. Burrows, and Kenneth R. Thomas, CRS Report for Congress R42124, January 23, 2012 (32-page PDF) photo credit: jeffk In 2008, TransCanada Corp. applied for a presidential permit from the State Department to construct and operate an oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border … Read more

Taxing and Spending Power – Article I Section 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution

The United States Constitution Also see “Amendment 16 (Sixteenth Amendment – Income Tax)“ The Taxing and Spending Clause is found in the Constitution of the United States, Article. I. Section. 8., clause 1: (Clause 1 – Power to tax and spend) [The Congress shall have Power] To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, … Read more