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 Country: United States
 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2007
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The Federal Minimum Wage and American Samoa

The Federal Minimum Wage and American Samoa

Date: May 22, 2007
Creator: Dilger, Robert Jay
Description: This report discusses the federal minimum wage in American Samoa. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the minimum wage for the islands is fixed by a commission established by the Secretary of Labor. The minimum wage for fish processing is currently $3.26 an hour. Were Congress to extend the general (federal) minimum wage to American Samoa (and raise it to $7.25 an hour, as is currently proposed), the fish processing industry might absorb the increase, change the way it processes tuna, or migrate to other low-wage countries.
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The Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act and Circular A-76

The Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act and Circular A-76

Date: April 6, 2007
Creator: Halchin, L. E.
Description: This report begins with a brief history of Circular A-76, a review of the its key components, and an assessment of the implementation of the circular. The section on FAIR (Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act) describes how it emerged from a series of compromises, explains the statute's key provisions, and reviews the implementation process, including guidance issued by OMB. The final section addresses recent initiatives, notably the President's competitive sourcing initiative and the Commercial Activities Panel.
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District of Columbia Voting Representation in Congress: An Analysis of Legislative Proposals

District of Columbia Voting Representation in Congress: An Analysis of Legislative Proposals

Date: April 23, 2007
Creator: Boyd, Eugene
Description: This report provides a summary and analysis of legislative proposals that would provide voting representation in Congress to residents of the District of Columbia.
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Congress’s Contempt Power: A Sketch

Congress’s Contempt Power: A Sketch

Date: August 1, 2007
Creator: Rosenberg, Morton & Tatelman, Todd B.
Description: This report outlines the source of the contempt power, reviews major developments in the case law, and analyzes the procedures associated with each of the three different types of contempt proceedings.
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Hearings in the U.S. Senate: A Guide for Preparation and Procedure

Hearings in the U.S. Senate: A Guide for Preparation and Procedure

Date: December 3, 2007
Creator: Palmer, Betsy
Description: This report discusses hearings in the U.S. Senate and is divided into four main sections. This introduction addresses the role of hearings in the committee process, types of hearings, and broad organizational issues.
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Proposals to Reform “Holds” in the Senate

Proposals to Reform “Holds” in the Senate

Date: December 20, 2007
Creator: Oleszek, Walter J.
Description: This report examines, over a more than three decade period, a wide range of proposals to reform holds. In general, the objective of these recommendations is not to abolish holds but to infuse more accountability, uniformity, and transparency in their use and to make it clear that holds are not a veto on the majority leader's prerogative of calling up measures or matters.
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Emergency Spending: Statutory and Congressional Rules

Emergency Spending: Statutory and Congressional Rules

Date: July 24, 2007
Creator: Saturno, James V.
Description: This report discusses the designation of spending as emergency, which has had significance in both procedural and budgetary terms.
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