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Points of Order in the Congressional Budget Process

Points of Order in the Congressional Budget Process

Date: February 13, 2015
Creator: Saturno, James V.
Description: This report summarizes the points of order currently in effect under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended, as well as related points of order established in various other measures that have a direct impact on budget enforcement.
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The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI): Budget Authority and Request, FY2010-FY2016

The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI): Budget Authority and Request, FY2010-FY2016

Date: February 6, 2015
Creator: Lattanzio, Richard K.
Description: This report serves as a brief overview of the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI) and its structure, intents, and funding history. The GCCI aims to integrate climate change considerations into U.S. foreign assistance through a range of bilateral, multilateral, and private sector mechanisms to promote sustainable and climate-resilient societies, foster low-carbon economic growth, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and land degradation.
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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: February 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 fleet oilers for the Navy. The Navy wants to procure the first TAO(X) in FY2016. The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navy's funding requests and acquisition strategy for the TAO(X) program.
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Discretionary Budget Authority by Subfunction: An Overview

Discretionary Budget Authority by Subfunction: An Overview

Date: February 5, 2015
Creator: Austin, D. Andrew
Description: This report presents figures showing trends in discretionary budget authority as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) by subfunction within each of 17 budget function categories, using data from President Obama's FY2016 budget submission. This report provides a graphical overview of historical trends in discretionary budget authority from FY1977 through FY2014, estimates for FY2015 spending, and the levels consistent with the President's proposals for FY2016 through FY2020.
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House Committee Funding Requests and Authorizations, 104th-113th Congresses

House Committee Funding Requests and Authorizations, 104th-113th Congresses

Date: February 3, 2015
Creator: Glassman, Matthew E.
Description: This report describes the House Committee funding process provides tables for each of the Congresses from the 104th through the 113th containing committee funding requests and authorizations as adopted pursuant to primary expense authorizations.
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Biennial Budgeting: Options, Issues, and Previous Congressional Action

Biennial Budgeting: Options, Issues, and Previous Congressional Action

Date: February 2, 2015
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides background on options, issues, and previous congressional action related to biennial budgeting. It includes descriptions of the types of biennial budgeting, general arguments favoring and opposing biennial budgeting, biennial budgeting at the state level, and relevant Congressional actions.
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Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2015

Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2015

Date: February 2, 2015
Creator: Sargent, John F., Jr.
Description: This report begins with a discussion of the overall level of R&D funding requested in the President's budget, followed by analyses of requested R&D funding from a variety of perspectives and for selected multiagency R&D initiatives. The report concludes with discussion and analysis of the R&D budget requests of selected federal departments and agencies that, collectively, account for about 98% of total federal R&D funding.
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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: January 29, 2015
Creator: Saturno, James V.
Description: This report discusses the Budget Act that provides an optional expedited procedure for considering legislation in the Senate, called reconciliation, which was first used in 1980.
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Defense: FY2015 Authorization and Appropriations

Defense: FY2015 Authorization and Appropriations

Date: January 28, 2015
Creator: Towell, Pat
Description: This report discusses the Department of Defense (DOD) budget plan for FY2015. It includes an overview of the budget, historic context, and highlights in the base budget, as well as budget items that fall under the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the FY2015 DOD Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4870; H.R. 83, Division C).
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Changes in the Purposes and Frequency of Authorizations of Appropriations

Changes in the Purposes and Frequency of Authorizations of Appropriations

Date: January 16, 2015
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report discusses general principles in how the language concerning the purposes and frequency of authorizations of appropriations has changed over the past century. These general principles are illustrated through case studies on the authorizations of appropriations that were enacted during this period for three agencies: the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Peace Corps.
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