The Congressional Research Service has prepared an updated account of the status of the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty (CTBT), which would prohibit explosive testing of nuclear weapons. “As of August 2016, 183 states had signed the CTBT and 164, including Russia, had ratified it. Show More Summary
The procedures for challenging the outcome of a presidential election are summarized in a new publication from the Congressional Research Service. “The initial responsibility for resolving challenges, recounts, and contests to the results of a presidential election” lies with each individual state, CRS noted. Show More Summary
Efforts to develop Active Protection Systems (APS) to defend military combat vehicles against rocket-propelled grenades or anti-tank missiles are reviewed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. An Active ProtectionShow More Summary
Recent reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been publicly released include the following. U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy: Considering “No First Use”, CRS Insight, August 16, 2016 Coordinated Party Expenditures in...Show More Summary
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service in the last few days include the following. Natural Gas Discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, August 15, 2016 Al Qaeda and U.S. Policy: Middle East and Africa, updated...Show More Summary
Reports of the Congressional Research Service are predicated on the belief that readers in Congress or elsewhere care about the minutia of government policy. But if this was ever true, is it still the case today? The members of CRS’s...Show More Summary
Issues affecting the safety and security of athletes and spectators at the 2016 Olympic Games, which begins August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were reviewed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. Concerns addressed...Show More Summary
An internal congressional edition of the 2015 annual report of the Congressional Research Service includes a helpful listing of the titles of all CRS reports and other products that were issued in 2015 (at pp. 47-124). The availability...Show More Summary
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...