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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The Federal Helium Program: The Reaction Over an Inert Gas

The Federal Helium Program: The Reaction Over an Inert Gas

Date: October 9, 1996
Creator: Mielke, James E
Description: None
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Cattle Prices: Questions and Answers

Cattle Prices: Questions and Answers

Date: November 14, 1996
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S
Description: After 7 years of relatively high returns, cattle producers by 1994 were experiencing steeply falling prices--mainly caused by abundant supplies of cattle destined for U.S. feedlots. Record-high grain prices and dry pastures amplified the problem. Because of the lengthy biological cycle governing cattle production, large numbers will be coming onto the market for some time, as producers undertake the slow process of curtailing herd expansion.
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Industrial Competitiveness and Technological Advancement: Debate Over Government Policy

Industrial Competitiveness and Technological Advancement: Debate Over Government Policy

Date: December 2, 1996
Creator: Schacht, Wendy H
Description: None
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Defense Industry in Transition: Issues and Options for Congress

Defense Industry in Transition: Issues and Options for Congress

Date: January 9, 1997
Creator: Grasso, Valerie Bailey
Description: The U.S. government and the defense industry continued to adjust to the post-Cold War era. Complicating the transition was the restructuring of the U.S. and other industrialized economies, and questions concerning the future direction of U.S. defense policy. The 104th Congress grappled with how to ensure that the U.S. retained a smaller, but capable, defense industry.
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Privatizing the United States Enrichment Corporation

Privatizing the United States Enrichment Corporation

Date: January 21, 1997
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Federal Land Management: Appeals and Litigation

Federal Land Management: Appeals and Litigation

Date: February 26, 1997
Creator: Baldwin, Pamela
Description: None
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The Abandoned Mine Land Fund: Grants Distribution and Issues

The Abandoned Mine Land Fund: Grants Distribution and Issues

Date: March 26, 1997
Creator: Bamberger, Robert L.
Description: The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA, P.L. 95-87), enacted in 1977, established reclamation standards for all coal surface mining operations, and for the surface effects of underground mining. It also established the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program to promote the reclamation of sites mined and abandoned prior to the enactment of SMCRA. To finance reclamation of abandoned mine sites, the legislation established fees on coal production. These collections are divided into federal and state shares; subject to annual appropriation, AML funds are distributed annually to states with approved reclamation programs. This report describes the distribution of these funds and the various issues that arise from said distribution.
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DOD's Dual-Use Strategy

DOD's Dual-Use Strategy

Date: July 3, 1997
Creator: Moteff, John D.
Description: In an effort to reduce the costs of its military systems and gain greater access to state-of-the-art technologies, the Department of Defense is pursuing what is being called a "dual-use" strategy. This strategy seeks to make greater use of the commercial sector in developing and manufacturing military goods. This report discusses issues raised over the implementation of this strategy.
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The Tobacco Settlement: An Overview

The Tobacco Settlement: An Overview

Date: July 31, 1997
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: None
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Attorneys' Fees in the State Tobacco Litigation Cases

Attorneys' Fees in the State Tobacco Litigation Cases

Date: September 23, 1997
Creator: Contrubis, John
Description: In the past few years, many states have filed complaints against the tobacco industry in state court to recover Medicaid costs paid by the states to treat their citizens for tobacco related illnesses. The states are also attempting to recover other damages, such as punitive damages, against the tobacco industry. For various reasons, the states have hired private attorneys to assist the state Attorneys General in prosecuting these cases. In most cases, the retention of private counsel has included a fee agreement specifying the amount of compensation that these attorneys will receive for their services. These agreements are not uniform among the states, but most tend to provide some form of contingency fee arrangement. Some of these states have developed a sliding scale contingency fee schedule which varies with the amount of time spent on the litigation and whether a trial has begun. This report briefly summarizes the different fee agreements that the states have with private counsel.
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Toxics Release Inventory: Do Communities Have a Right to Know More?

Toxics Release Inventory: Do Communities Have a Right to Know More?

Date: October 26, 1997
Creator: Schierow, Linda-Jo
Description: None
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Business and Labor Spending in U.S. Elections

Business and Labor Spending in U.S. Elections

Date: October 28, 1997
Creator: Cantor, Joseph E
Description: Federal election law has long prohibited corporate and union spending in federal elections, but distinctions in statutes and judicial rulings have opened avenues by which these groups have been able to spend money in the electoral process. Business groups make particular use of political action committee (PAC) donations to candidates and soft money donations to parties. Unions made prominent use of issue advocacy in 1996, but labor’s political strength lies in exempt activity communications with members. This report explains these tools and their use in today’s elections.
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Business and Labor Spending in U.S. Elections

Business and Labor Spending in U.S. Elections

Date: October 28, 1997
Creator: Cantor, Joseph E.
Description: Federal election law has long prohibited corporate and union spending in federal elections, but distinctions in statutes and judicial rulings have opened avenues by which these groups have been able to spend money in the electoral process. Business groups make particular use of political action committee (PAC) donations to candidates and soft money donations to parties. Unions made prominent use of issue advocacy in 1996, but labor’s political strength lies in exempt activity communications with members. This report explains these tools and their use in today’s elections.
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China: Commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND) and Defense Industries

China: Commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND) and Defense Industries

Date: December 3, 1997
Creator: Kan, Shirley A
Description: Congressional interest in the Chinese military, or People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has increased as a result of the March 1996 tensions in the Taiwan Strait, continuing allegations of Chinese proliferation of technology useful in weapons of mass destruction, and reports that some Chinese defense-related corporations have circumvented U.S. export controls to acquire dual-use technology. The Commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND), an important, high-level PLA organization, plays a role in China’s weapon programs, sales of civilian goods, acquisition of military technology, and arms sales and export controls. The purpose of this CRS Report is to examine the origins and command, roles, and influence of COSTIND.
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Small Business Administration: Overview and Issues

Small Business Administration: Overview and Issues

Date: March 10, 1998
Creator: Mulock, Bruce K
Description: None
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Legal Analysis of the 10% Disadvantaged Small Business Set-Aside Provisions of H.R. 2400, the "Building Efficient Surface Transportation and Equity Act of 1997"

Legal Analysis of the 10% Disadvantaged Small Business Set-Aside Provisions of H.R. 2400, the "Building Efficient Surface Transportation and Equity Act of 1997"

Date: March 25, 1998
Creator: Dale, Charles V
Description: This report discusses the vote on H.R. 2400, the "Building Efficient Surface Transportation and Equity Act of 1997"(BESTEA), an omnibus bill to fund surface transportation into the next century.
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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit: A Fact Sheet

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit: A Fact Sheet

Date: April 2, 1998
Creator: Levine, Linda
Description: The 104th Congress replaced the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit (TJTC, 1978-1994) with the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) in section 1201 of the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-188). This document provides basic facts about the WOTC.
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Ideas for Privatizing Social Security

Ideas for Privatizing Social Security

Date: April 6, 1998
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart
Description: None
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The Proposed Tobacco Settlement: Who Pays for the Health Costs of Smoking?

The Proposed Tobacco Settlement: Who Pays for the Health Costs of Smoking?

Date: April 30, 1998
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G
Description: None
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The Proposed Tobacco Settlement: Effects on Prices, Smoking Behavior, and Income Distribution

The Proposed Tobacco Settlement: Effects on Prices, Smoking Behavior, and Income Distribution

Date: May 5, 1998
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G
Description: None
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Mandates Information Act: Implications for Congressional Action on Legislation Containing Private Sector Mandates

Mandates Information Act: Implications for Congressional Action on Legislation Containing Private Sector Mandates

Date: May 15, 1998
Creator: Beth, Richard S
Description: None
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The U.S. Tobacco Industry in Domestic and World Markets

The U.S. Tobacco Industry in Domestic and World Markets

Date: June 9, 1998
Creator: Knight, Edward; Ayers, Patricia C & Mayer, Gerald
Description: None
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Stormwater Permits: Status of EPA's Regulatory Program

Stormwater Permits: Status of EPA's Regulatory Program

Date: June 10, 1998
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: None
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Compensating Farmers for the Tobacco Settlement

Compensating Farmers for the Tobacco Settlement

Date: July 6, 1998
Creator: Womach, Jasper
Description: The legislative proposals designed to reduce smoking, primarily by teenagers, are likely to have negative economic consequences for tobacco growers and tobacco-dependent communities. This report discusses the possibility of some kind of compensation to farmers as part of the settlement package legislation.
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