Here is another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Regulatory Issues, by Mary Tiemann and Adam Vann. Download Hyd_Fracturing_CRS Summary Hydraulic fracturing is a technique developed initially to stimulate oil production from wells in declining oil reservoirs. Show More Summary
Great way to begin September with another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, California Drought: Hydrological and Regulatory Water Supply Issues by Betsy A. Cody, Peter Folger, and Cynthia Brown. I was hoping to see Betsy on her trip west but we missed connections. Good news: she'll be ascending to...
Several new reports from the Congressional Research Service examine the implications of the 40% excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health care coverage, known as the “Cadillac tax,” that will take effect in 2018. Excise Tax on...Show More Summary
A recent report by the Congressional Research Service found that the strategy was haphazard at best.
(John Hinderaker) About two weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service published a paper titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013.” The primary author is William Krouse, a specialist in domestic security and crime policy. Show More Summary
Some 60 nations and partner organizations have made commitments to help counter the Islamic State with military forces or resources, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. But coalition efforts suffer from a lack of coherence, CRS said. Show More Summary
You know how much I love Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, especially those related to water, the environment, and related issues. Some of the smartest kids on the block write them: Betsy A. Cody (Oregon's own 'Gresham Girl' whom I hope to see in a week or so), Nicole T....
Congressional Research Service, The Federal Tax Treatment of Married Same-Sex Couples (R43157) (July 30, 2015): This report provides an overview of the federal tax treatment of same-sex married couples, with a focus on the federal income tax. Estate tax issues are also discussed. The administration of federal tax laws for...
Mass murder involving firearms has become more prevalent in the United States over recent decades, according to data presented in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. In the 1970s, there was an average of 1.1 such mass homicide incidents per year, with 5.5 victims murdered and 2.0 wounded per incident. Show More Summary
Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. China’s Recent Stock Market Volatility: What Are the Implications?, CRS Insights,...Show More Summary
Congressional Research Service Nuclear Weapons Policy Specialist Amy Woolf claims that the United States and Russia should have diplomatic discussions to solve their concerns regarding alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces INF Treaty.
A new report from the Congressional Research Service introduces the “Dark Web” and its implications for law enforcement and security. “The Dark Web is a general term that describes hidden Internet sites that users cannot access without using special software. Show More Summary
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Congress, updated July 2, 2015 Acquisition Reform in House- and Senate-Passed Versions of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. Show More Summary
“The number of people incarcerated in the United States has increased dramatically over the past three decades,” a new report from the Congressional Research Service observes, from around 419,000 inmates in 1983 to about 1.5 million inmates in 2013. Show More Summary
Last year, the Congressional Research Service produced more than 1,000 new reports and more than 2,500 updates of previous reports for the use of Congress, according to the latest CRS annual report. Those figures do not include “approximately 62,000 requests for custom analysis and research” for individual members or Committees. Show More Summary
“Congressional Research Belongs to the Public,” declared a New York Times editorial today, and it is “absurd” that Congress would place any obstacles in the way of public access to Congressional Research Service reports, which provide impartial analyses of current policy issues. Show More Summary
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Stored Communications Act: Reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), May 19, 2015 United Nations Reform: Background and Issues for Congress, updated May 15, 2015 U.S. Show More Summary
Congressional Research Service: Reform of U.S. International Taxation: Alternatives, by Jane G. Gravelle: A striking feature of the modern U.S. economy is its growing openness—its increased integration with the rest of the world. The attention of tax policy makers has recently been focused on the growing participation of U.S. firms...
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service on nuclear weapons policy and other issues of topical interest include the following. Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background...Show More Summary