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 Decade: 2010-2019
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Puerto Rico's Current Fiscal Challenges

Puerto Rico's Current Fiscal Challenges

Date: September 25, 2015
Creator: Austin, D. A.
Description: This report discusses multiple challenges the government of Puerto Rico faces in the fall of 2015. Concerns regarding the sustainability of Puerto Rico's public finances have intensified over the past year, despite several measures taken by the island's government to reduce spending, increase revenues, and restructure its obligations. The Puerto Rican government outlined a medium-term strategy to address those challenges in a fiscal plan put forth in mid-September 2015.
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Potential Policy Implications of the House Reconciliation Bill (H.R. 3762)

Potential Policy Implications of the House Reconciliation Bill (H.R. 3762)

Date: November 13, 2015
Creator: Mach, Annie L.; Heisler, Elayne J.; Lister, Sarah A.; Lowry, Sean; Redhead, C. S.; Saturno, James V. et al.
Description: This report provides background on the reconciliation process of the FY2016 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 11) and summarizes the provisions in H.R. 37622. It then briefly examines some of the bill's policy implications. The report will be updated as necessary to reflect key legislative developments.
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Navy TAO(X) Oiler Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy TAO(X) Oiler Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 6, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the TAO(X) oiler shipbuilding program, a program to build a new class of 17 fleet oilers for the Navy. The Navy wants to procure the first TAO(X) in FY2016. Decisions that Congress makes regarding the program could affect Navy capabilities and funding requirements and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base.
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Points of Order Limiting the Contents of Reconciliation Legislation: In Brief

Points of Order Limiting the Contents of Reconciliation Legislation: In Brief

Date: October 14, 2015
Creator: Saturno, James V.
Description: This report discusses various provisions in the Budget Act (as well as other provisions adopted by the House and Senate) that impose constraints on the policy content or budgetary impact of reconciliation measures or amendments.
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Overview of the FY2016 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 719)

Overview of the FY2016 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 719)

Date: October 1, 2015
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides an analysis of the FY2016 continuing appropriations in H.R. 719. None of the FY2016 regular appropriations bills were enacted by the start of the fiscal year (October 1, 2015). As of September 30, 2015, H.R. 719, a continuing resolution (CR) for FY2016, had passed the House and Senate.
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Defense: FY2012 Budget Request, Authorization and Appropriations

Defense: FY2012 Budget Request, Authorization and Appropriations

Date: June 15, 2011
Creator: Towell, Pat
Description: This report discusses legislative action that applied the Budget Control Act (BCA)-mandated spending reduction to FY2012 defense funding legislation was taken by the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 7, 2011, when it adopted discretionary spending ceilings for each of its 12 subcommittees that required the Defense Subcommittee to cut $25.9 billion from the President's request for programs funded by the DOD Appropriations bill. On September 15, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported an amended version of the House-passed DOD Appropriations bill (H.R. 2219) that would cut $29.3 billion from the Administration request.
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Reducing the Budget Deficit: Policy Issues

Reducing the Budget Deficit: Policy Issues

Date: April 22, 2011
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Description: This report addresses questions such as, how large are projected deficits under current policy? How much deficit reduction is necessary? How quickly should the deficit be reduced? The report also discusses policy options for deficit reduction.
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Ocean Energy Agency Appropriations, FY2016

Ocean Energy Agency Appropriations, FY2016

Date: February 5, 2016
Creator: Comay, Laura B. & Humphries, Marc
Description: This report discusses FY2016 appropriations for the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR)--the three agencies that collectively administer federal ocean energy resources covering more than 1.7 billion acres on the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS).
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Federal Health Centers: An Overview

Federal Health Centers: An Overview

Date: January 6, 2016
Creator: Heisler, Elayne J.
Description: This report provides an overview of the federal Health Center Program, including its statutory authority, program requirements, and appropriation levels. It then describes health centers in general, including where they are located, their patient population, and outcomes associated with health center use. The report also describes federal programs available to assist health center operations, including the federally qualified health center (FQHC) designation for Medicare and Medicaid payments. The report concludes with two appendices that describe FQHC payments for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries served at health centers and programs that are similar to health centers but not authorized in Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.
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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016: Effects on Budgetary Trends

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016: Effects on Budgetary Trends

Date: January 11, 2016
Creator: Driessen, Grant A.
Description: This report discusses recent changes to the federal budget outlook and the effects of these amendments on recent budgetary trends using the CBO and JCT cost estimates for the legislation, the CBO budget forecast released in August 2015, and OMB historical data.
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