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Wars in the Middle East Have Cost Taxpayers Almost $1.7 Trillion

A recent report from the Congressional Research Service, which examines the cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other global “War on Terror” operations since 9/11, calculates a cumulative (fiscal year 2001 through fiscal year 2014) nominal price tag of $1.6 trillion. […]

New Analysis Challenges Arguments for Repealing Tax on Medical Devices

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A report by the Congressional Research Service found that many concerns among medical device manufacturers about a tax under the Affordable Care Act were unfounded.

The Cost of US Wars Since 9/11: $1.6 Trillion

The cost of US war-making in the 13 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks reached a whopping $1.6 trillion in 2014, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The $1.6 trillion in war spendingShow More Summary

Post-9/11 War Costs Reach $1.6 Trillion

The U.S. has spent $1.6 trillion on post-9/11 military operations, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other counterterrorism activities, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. “Based on funding...Show More Summary

CRS Resources on Detention and Interrogation

New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Selected CRS Materials on Detention and Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects and Enemy Belligerents, CRS Legal Sidebar, December 16,Show More Summary

Cybersecurity Information Sharing, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis, December 11, 2014 FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues, December 11, 2014 Analysis of H.R. Show More Summary

The Role of Inspectors General, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Federal Inspectors General: History, Characteristics, and Recent Congressional Actions,Show More Summary

Defense Authorization Act Highlights, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Fact Sheet: Selected Highlights of H.R. 3979, the Carl Levin and Howard “Buck” McKeon National...Show More Summary

CRS: Federal Proposals to Tax Marijuana

Congressional Research Service: Federal Proposals to Tax Marijuana: An Economic Analysis, by Jane G. Gravelle & Sean Lowry (R43785) (Nov. 13, 2014): The combination of state policy and general public opinion favoring the legalizing of marijuana has led some in Congress to advocate for legalization and taxation of marijuana at...

Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement and Talks on a Comprehensive Accord, November 26, 2014 U.S. International...Show More Summary

US Military Casualty Statistics, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom, November 20, 2014 Iran: U.S. Show More Summary

Exclusive -- Congressional Research Service: Congress Has Power to Block Funding for Obama's Executive Amnesty

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has concluded that House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) is wrong, and that Congress can in fact block funding for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty order. “In...Show More Summary

Congressional Research Service Report on Taxing Legal Marijuana

If you want insight into how Congress might eventually treat marijuana when it is finally legalized at the federal level, you should read this new Congressional Research Service report on possible options for taxing cannabis. The service...Show More Summary

Internships in the Federal Government, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, November 20, 2014 U.S. Show More Summary

Scientific Basis of EPA Actions, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. U.S. Trade Concepts, Performance, and Policy: Frequently Asked Questions, November 17,Show More Summary

Executive Discretion in Immigration, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from public distribution include the following. Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview, November 10, 2014 FEMA’s Disaster Declaration...Show More Summary

House and Senate Staff Pay, and More from CRS

New and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public access include the following. Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2009-2013, November 3,Show More Summary

Intelligence Whistleblower Protections, and More from CRS

New publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Intelligence Whistleblower Protections: In Brief, October 23, 2014 Sexual Violence at Institutions...Show More Summary

Hatch’s Excuse to Repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax

I recently noted a report by Jane G. Gravelle and Sean Lowry of the Congressional Research Service: A July 2014 report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that the number of medical device excise...Show More Summary

Nonpartisan report finds no legal basis for GOP lawsuit against Obama

Republicans have for months been vowing to sue President Obama for his alleged lawlessness, yet a lawsuit has never materialized. That may well be because a nonpartisan report from the Congressional Research Service concluded last month that such a lawsuit would have no legal merit, according to Washington Monthly. Show More Summary

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