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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Disaster Mitigation Assistance Bills in the 106th Congress: Comparison of Provisions

Disaster Mitigation Assistance Bills in the 106th Congress: Comparison of Provisions

Date: May 5, 2000
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: The Administration initiative to shift federal emergency management policy away from a "response and recovery" emphasis has generated little congressional controversy, although some have raised concerns about the cost effectiveness of implementing a mitigation strategy. Greater attention, it is generally argued, should be given to mitigation (loss reduction) efforts before disasters occur in order to reduce future losses. Legislation (H.R. 707, S. 1691) pending before the 106th Congress would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act) which authorizes federal assistance when the President declares that a catastrophe has overwhelmed state and local resources.
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Secret Sessions of Congress: A Brief Historical Overview

Secret Sessions of Congress: A Brief Historical Overview

Date: September 27, 2006
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: "Secret" or "closed door" sessions of the House of Representatives and Seante are held periodically to discuss business, including impeachment deliberations, deemed to require confidentiality and secrecy. Authority for the two chambers to hold these sessions is implied by Article I, Section 5, of the Constitution. National Security is the principal reason for such sessions in recent years. This report provides a historical background of such sessions, as well as relevant regulations and expectations for Members of Congress during such sessions.
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References for Congressional Offices: Print, Online, and Services

References for Congressional Offices: Print, Online, and Services

Date: September 5, 2002
Creator: Leary, Stephen
Description: None
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Medal of Honor Recipients: 1979-2005

Medal of Honor Recipients: 1979-2005

Date: April 27, 2005
Creator: Gomez, Julissa
Description: None
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Special Order Speeches and Other Forms of Non-Legislative Debate in the House

Special Order Speeches and Other Forms of Non-Legislative Debate in the House

Date: March 19, 2002
Creator: Carr, Thomas P
Description: None
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H.Res. 450, Rule for Getting the Trade Bill to Conference

H.Res. 450, Rule for Getting the Trade Bill to Conference

Date: June 25, 2002
Creator: Rundquist, Paul S
Description: None
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House Sergeant at Arms: Fact Sheet on Legislative and Administrative Duties

House Sergeant at Arms: Fact Sheet on Legislative and Administrative Duties

Date: March 22, 2002
Creator: Tong, Lorraine H
Description: None
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Salaries of Members of Congress: A List of Payable Rates and Effective Dates, 1789-2006

Salaries of Members of Congress: A List of Payable Rates and Effective Dates, 1789-2006

Date: April 14, 2005
Creator: Dwyer, Paul E
Description: None
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Floor Procedure in the House of Representatives: A Brief Overview

Floor Procedure in the House of Representatives: A Brief Overview

Date: March 15, 2005
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth & Bach, Stanley
Description: None
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"Dear Colleague" Letters: A Brief Overview

"Dear Colleague" Letters: A Brief Overview

Date: January 4, 2005
Creator: Petersen, R. Eric
Description: “Dear Colleague” letters are official correspondence distributed in bulk to Members in both chambers. Primarily, they are used by one or more Members to persuade others to cosponsor or oppose a bill (generally, prior to introduction). Dear Colleague letters might also inform Members of an event connected with congressional business, of new or modified House procedures, or of some other matter. The use of the phrase “‘Dear Colleague’ letter” to refer to a widely distributed letter among Members dates at least to the start of the 20th century. New technologies and expanded use of the Internet have increased the speed and facilitated the process of preparing Dear Colleague letters.
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