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Congressional Briefing to Explore Biological Sex Differences' Impact on Medical Research

The Endocrine Society and Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR(r)) are co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing on July 10 to examine the need to include more female subjects in preclinical and clinical biomedical research - a move that could revolutionize medical research and scientific discovery.

Criminal Justice Reform, and More from CRS

“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

Contrasting Views on Public Release of CRS Reports

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

Open thread for night owls: Congressional panel again bars federal research into gun violence

Americans who may have hoped that the latest of American mass murders would result in even the tiniest reflection on American gun policies got a blunt answer from House Republicans this week: No. A GOP-led panel blocked a proposal Wednesday...Show More Summary

Public Access to CRS Reports, Revisited

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

TPP, FDI, and ‘good jobs’ in the US

The fate of the TransPacific Partnership rests on US Congressional decisions that will be taken in the next few days. This column discusses research that shows TPP is likely to be pro-jobs, pro-trade, and pro-investment. Blocking the TransPacific Partnership is not a way for members of the US Congress to show that they care about the creation of good jobs in the US.

Reform of Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and More from CRS

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

Reform of U.S.

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...

Nuclear Weapons Policy, and More from CRS

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

CRS Outlines Four Important Aspects of the EITC

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently released a report on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a tax credit that is aimed at helping low-income taxpayers while increasing labor force participation. As a refundable...Show More Summary

The Federal Grand Jury, and More from CRS

A Congressional Research Service report on The Federal Grand Jury, May 7, 2015, presents “a brief general description of the federal grand jury, with particular emphasis on its more controversial aspects–relationship of the prosecutor...Show More Summary

Most Say Guinta Should Resign

A new American Research Group survey finds that 74% of registered voters in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district say Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) should resign from Congress following the FEC finding that Guinta broke federal campaign finance laws by accepting [...]

Average U.S. Troop Cost Nearly Doubled Since 1980

The average cost to the U.S. defense budget per individual troop member has increased sharply over the past few decades, a new analysis from the Congressional Research Service found, reflecting changes in the size and structure of the U.S. Show More Summary

Congress Continues To Withhold Congressional Research Service Documents From The Public

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Congressional Research Service conducts research for Congress on a multitude of topics. This information is (theoretically) used to guide policy decisions. The research itself is (again, theoretically) valuable, considering it's free of partisan rhetoric and biased conclusions. Show More Summary

House Renews Ban on CRS Publication of Its Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) will continue to be barred from releasing its reports to the public, the House Appropriations Committee said yesterday in its report on legislative branch appropriations for the coming year. “The...Show More Summary

The Future of Internet Governance, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from public distribution include the following. The Future of Internet Governance: Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over ICANN?, May 5,...Show More Summary

Weekly Tax Roundup

Bloomberg, Paper Companies’ Bid to Reduce Tax Bills Curtailed by IRS Len Burman (Tax Vox), TPC Receives A Major Gift From Bob Pozen, Establishes the Pozen Director’s Chair Congressional Research Service, Corporate Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): An Examination of the Data Russ Fox (Taxable Talk), Honesty Is...

How DoD Spends Its Contracting Dollars, and More from CRS

The Department of Defense spends more money on contractors than all other federal agencies combined, a new report from the Congressional Research Service explains. “This report examines (1) how much money DOD obligates on contracts,Show More Summary

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service looks at the use of mandatory minimum sentencing to punish certain types of crimes, and reviews current legislation to modify that controversial practice. “A surprising number of federal crimes carry mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment,” CRS said. Show More Summary

NASA pushes back against proposal to slash climate budget

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA pushed back against a congressional proposal to slash more than $300 million in funding from its branch focused on climate issues. The proposal would cut funding to NASA’s Earth Sciences division, which researches the planet’s natural systems and processes — including climate...

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