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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2008
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Membership of the 111th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 111th Congress: A Profile

Date: December 31, 2008
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report presents a profile of the membership of the 111th Congress. Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age and length of service, occupation, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service.
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Legislative Branch Staffing, 1954-2007

Legislative Branch Staffing, 1954-2007

Date: October 15, 2008
Creator: Petersen, Eric R.
Description: This report provides data and analysis concerning legislative branch staffing levels since 1954. Legislative branch staff include congressional staff, who work in the House or Senate, and legislative agency staff, who work in a legislative branch agency. At present, there is no legislation pending before Congress to change existing staff arrangements in Congress or legislative branch agencies. As policies and issues before Congress continue to proliferate in volume and complexity, new proposals for change in staffing levels or changes in the balance between congressional staff and legislative agency staff may emerge. This report, which will be updated annually, is one of several CRS products focusing on various aspects of congressional operations and administration.
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Expulsion and Censure Actions Taken by the Full Senate Against Members

Expulsion and Censure Actions Taken by the Full Senate Against Members

Date: November 12, 2008
Creator: Maskell, Jack
Description: The Senate has censured nine Senators for various misconduct, including conduct not a violation of any law or specific written Senate ethics rule, when such conduct is found contrary to "acceptable norms of ethical conduct in the Senate," contrary to "accepted morals" and "senatorial ethics," when found to "derogate from the public trust expected of a Senator," and/or found to be "reprehensible" conduct which brings the Senate into "dishonor and disrepute." Conduct resulting in Senate "censure" has included violating orders of secrecy of documents; fighting in the Senate ("censure"); allowing a lobbyist with interests in particular legislation to be on official staff with access to the secret considerations of the legislation by committee ("condemn"); non-cooperation and abuse of investigating committees of the Senate ("condemn"); financial irregularities concerning political contributions ("censure"), office expenses and contributions ("denounce"), and excessive honoraria, official reimbursements and gifts ("denounce").
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Pages of the United States Congress: History, Background Information, and Proposals for Change

Pages of the United States Congress: History, Background Information, and Proposals for Change

Date: July 3, 2008
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report provides a brief history of the congressional page programs, including their duties, and background information about House and Senate pages. It also has an overview of changes and reforms from 1981-2001, and proposed changes, reforms, and various issues.
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The Federal Minimum Wage and American Samoa

The Federal Minimum Wage and American Samoa

Date: April 8, 2008
Creator: Whittaker, William G.
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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Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Duration of Continuing Resolutions in Recent Years

Date: May 28, 2008
Creator: Keith, Robert
Description: This report provides information on congressional practices with respect to the duration of continuing resolutions, including the use of full-year measures, and focuses particularly on the period covering FY1998-FY2008.
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Salaries of Members of Congress: A List of Payable Rates and Effective Dates, 1789-2008

Salaries of Members of Congress: A List of Payable Rates and Effective Dates, 1789-2008

Date: November 26, 2008
Creator: Brudnick, Ida A.
Description: This report summarizes by what measures the Constitution requires Congress to determine its own pay, the annual payment adjustment procedure, changes in pay over time since 1789, and related legislation.
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Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking: An Update and Assessment of The Congressional Review Act after a Decade

Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking: An Update and Assessment of The Congressional Review Act after a Decade

Date: May 8, 2008
Creator: Rosenberg, Morton
Description: This report will provide a brief explanation of how the structure of the review scheme was expected to operate and describes how it has in fact been utilized.
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Annual Appropriations Acts: Consideration During Lame-Duck Sessions

Annual Appropriations Acts: Consideration During Lame-Duck Sessions

Date: July 25, 2008
Creator: Keith, Robert
Description: This report provides information on the consideration of annual appropriations acts in connection with lame-duck sessions occurring between 1994 and 2006 as background for the possibility of such a session during 2008.
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Bush Administration Policy Regarding Congressionally Originated Earmarks: An Overview

Bush Administration Policy Regarding Congressionally Originated Earmarks: An Overview

Date: September 4, 2008
Creator: Brass, Clinton T.; Hatch, Garrett L. & Petersen, R. E.
Description: This report focuses on Bush Administration policy regarding earmarks originated by Congress and related issues. Specific definitions for the term earmark (and related terms, like congressional earmark, presidential earmark, and others) vary considerably and are controversial.
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