The July 8-9 NATO summit meeting in Warsaw, Poland, is previewed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. “Among other things, NATO leaders are expected to announce the rotational deployment of 4,000 troops to PolandShow More Summary
Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Slow Growth in the Current U.S. Economic Expansion, June 24, 2016 Economic Growth Slower Than Previous 10 Expansions, CRS Insight, June...Show More Summary
Between 1973 and 2016, Members of Congress introduced resolutions of censure directed against federal officials on 59 occasions, according to the Congressional Research Service. Of those, 14 were filed against the Obama Administration. Show More Summary
A new Congressional Research Service report provides a handy overview of the current state of knowledge surrounding Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) apprehended on the Southwest border. Many Central American children and other family...Show More Summary
U.S. aid to foreign countries and populations takes many forms in support of a range of objectives, from strategic to humanitarian. A newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service illuminates the structure of U.S. foreign aid, and traces the evolution of U.S. Show More Summary
The use of the “overseas contingency operations” budget construct to circumvent limits on discretionary spending was examined in a report from the Congressional Research Service published yesterday. “Some DOD officials argue that this...Show More Summary
Hot off the press - issued on 15 June 2016! From the Congressional Research Service: EPA's Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions, by James E. McCarthy, Jonathan L. Ramseur, Jane A. Leggett, Alexandra M. Wyatt, and Alissa M. Dolan. This has been updated from a January...
“In less than 20 years, the entire nature of Member-constituent communication has been transformed, perhaps more than in any other period in American history,” observes a new report from the Congressional Research Service. Congressional...Show More Summary
Most public controversy concerning the Congressional Research Service revolves around the question of whether Congress should authorize CRS to make its reports publicly available, or whether unauthorized access to CRS reports is a satisfactory alternative. Show More Summary
Just noticed this brief Congressional Research Service report (9 February 2016) written by Claudia Copeland: Water Infrastructure Financing: The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program. Download CRS_WIFIA_Program_9Feb2016...Show More Summary
A 2015 report of the Congressional Research Service, which has just recently been published on the website of the US Naval Institute, reveals new developments on Navy Laser, Railgun and Hypervelocity Projectile Programs for the US Navy, however the document also reveals who the potential targets of the new weapons are.
Congressional Research Service, Impeachment and Removal (R44260): The impeachment process provides a mechanism for removal of the President, Vice President, and other “civil Officers of the United States” found to have engaged in “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Constitution places the responsibility and authority to determine...
This September 2012 Congressional Research Service report by Tiaji Salaam-Blyther still has some useful information in it: Global Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: U.S. and International Programs. Download CRS_Global_Access to_Clean_DW Summary According to a 2012 report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s...
Although I am posting this in the Beijing airport, there is no relationship between that fact and the content. This report by Susan B. Epstein and Sarah A. Lister was posted on 20 May 2016 by the Congressional Research Service: Zika Response Funding: Request and Congressional Action. Download CRS_Zika Summary...
For many, many years, we've complained about the fact that research reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) are kept secret. CRS is basically a really good, non-partisan research organization that tends to do very useful and credible research, when tasked to do so by members of Congress. Show More Summary
Ed Rendell said most women are ugly and won't vote for Donald Trump, which we rate half-true. The House Appropriations Committee voted against making Congressional Research Service reports publicly available, because if members of Congress...Show More Summary
Changes in the Arctic are on a lot of peoples' minds these days - even those of the US Congress! Ronald O'Rourke of the Congressional Research Service has done us all a service by producing the comprehensive report, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Download CRS_Arctic_Issues_12May2016 Summary...
There is a lack of consensus about what the U.S. military officer corps should look like, a new report from the Congressional Research Service says. Divergent views exist about what type of military officers the country needs, what skills...Show More Summary
Water infrastructure is a hot topic these days and Congressional Research Service reports are no exception. In the past week I have posted CRS reports pertaining to green infrastructure and legislative financing. Today I feature a brief (8 pages) report by Claudia Copeland, published on 2 May: EPA Policies Concerning...
The growing prospect of the use of drones for commercial delivery purposes is considered in a new memorandum from the Congressional Research Service. “Can you prevent a drone from flying over your house to deliver a package to your neighbor? Until now, that question has been of purely theoretical interest. Show More Summary