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NATO Enlargement: Senate Advice and Consent

NATO Enlargement: Senate Advice and Consent

Date: May 2, 2003
Creator: Ackerman, David M
Description: None
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Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications

Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications

Date: January 14, 2003
Creator: Ackerman, David M & Grimmett, Richard F
Description: This report provides historical background on the enactment of declarations of war and authorizations for the use of force and analyzes their legal effects under international and domestic law. It also sets forth their texts in two appendices. Because the statutes that confer standby authority on the President and the executive branch potentially play such a large role in an armed conflict to which the United States is a party, the report includes an extensive listing and summary of the statutes that are triggered by a declaration of war, a declaration of national emergency, and/or the existence of a state of war. The report concludes with a summary of the Congressional procedures applicable to the enactment of a declaration of war or authorization for the use of force and to measures under the War Powers Resolution.
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Congressional Record: Its Production, Distribution, and Accessibility

Congressional Record: Its Production, Distribution, and Accessibility

Date: October 27, 2006
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report briefly discusses how the Congressional Record is created and distributed. The Congressional Record is the most widely recognized published account of the debates and activities in Congress and it often reflects the intent of Congress in enacting legislation.
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The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the House Floor

The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the House Floor

Date: October 31, 2008
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report focuses on the floor activities of the House during its first formal session in a new Congress, and serves as a guide for those participating in or watching these proceedings.
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Guide to Individuals Seated on the Senate Dais

Guide to Individuals Seated on the Senate Dais

Date: October 20, 2004
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report briefly discusses where various individuals are seated in the Senate chamber.
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House and Senate Chaplains

House and Senate Chaplains

Date: October 9, 2001
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report discusses the two chaplains, one in the House, the other in the Senate, who are the official clergy of Congress. At the beginning of each Congress, the House chaplain is elected for a 2-year term. The Senate chaplain does not have to be reelected at the beginning of a new Congress. There have been 61 Senate chaplains and 59 House chaplains.
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Major Leadership Election Contests in the House of Representatives, 94th-111th Congresses

Major Leadership Election Contests in the House of Representatives, 94th-111th Congresses

Date: December 31, 2008
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report contains data on votes for Speaker of the House for the 94th through 110th Congresses and elections in party conferences or caucuses for major leaders within each party for the 94th through 111th Congresses. It reflects actual balloting on the House floor for Speaker and in the Democratic Caucus and Republican Conference for other positions.
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Membership of the 109th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 109th Congress: A Profile

Date: November 29, 2006
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report presents a profile of the membership of the 109th Congress. Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age and length of service, occupation, religious affiliation, female and minority Members, foreign-born Members, and military service.
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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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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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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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Secret Sessions of the House and Senate

Secret Sessions of the House and Senate

Date: May 25, 2007
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report discusses the “Secret,” or “closed,” sessions of the House and Senate that exclude the press and the public.
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Selected Privileges and Courtesies Extended to Departing and Former Senators

Selected Privileges and Courtesies Extended to Departing and Former Senators

Date: September 14, 2004
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report provides information on selected privileges and courtesies (with the exception of federal health insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits) extended to departing and former Senators. Some are derived from law and Senate Rules, but most are courtesies that have been extended as a matter of custom.
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A User's Guide to the Congressional Record

A User's Guide to the Congressional Record

Date: October 27, 2005
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report discusses use of the Congressional Record, which is a substantially verbatim account of remarks made during the proceedings of the House and Senate, subject only to technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections. It consists of four main sections: the proceedings of the House and Senate, the Extensions of Remarks, and the Daily Digest.
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A User’s Guide to the Congressional Record

A User’s Guide to the Congressional Record

Date: February 7, 2001
Creator: Amer, Mildred
Description: This report provides a user's guide to the proceedings of the House and Senate, the proceedings of the House and Senate.
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Black Members of the United States Congress: 1789-2001

Black Members of the United States Congress: 1789-2001

Date: July 12, 2001
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: Thirty-nine black Members serve in the 107th Congress, all in the House of Representatives. In 210 years of congressional history, there have been 107 black Members of Congress: 103 elected to the House and four to the Senate. This report includes alphabetical listing of black members, selected biographical information, and committee assignments during their tenure in office.
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Black Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2004

Black Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2004

Date: March 4, 2004
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: Thirty-nine black Members serve in the 107th Congress, all in the House of Representatives. In 210 years of congressional history, there have been 107 black Members of Congress: 103 elected to the House and four to the Senate. This report includes alphabetical listing of black members, selected biographical information, and committee assignments during their tenure in office.
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Black Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2005

Black Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2005

Date: August 4, 2005
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: Forty three black or African-American Members serve in the 109th Congress; 42 in the House of Representatives, one in the Senate. There have been 117 black Members of Congress: 112 elected to the House and five to the Senate. The majority of the black Members (90) have been Democrats; the rest (27) have been Republicans. This report includes alphabetical listing of black members, selected biographical information, and committee assignments during their tenure in office.
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Colleges and Universities Attended by Senators of the 107th Congress

Colleges and Universities Attended by Senators of the 107th Congress

Date: January 2, 2002
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: This report identifies the colleges and universities attended by Senators serving in the 107th Congress. Where available in published sources, the degrees earned are also listed.
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Colleges and Universities Attended by Senators of the 109th Congress

Colleges and Universities Attended by Senators of the 109th Congress

Date: September 13, 2005
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: This report identifies the colleges and universities attended by Senators serving in the 109th Congress. Where available in published sources, the degrees earned are also listed.
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Congressional Gifts and Travel: Legislative Proposals for the 109th Congress

Congressional Gifts and Travel: Legislative Proposals for the 109th Congress

Date: January 17, 2006
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: The House and Senate examined their rules on the acceptance of gifts and travel expenses. Press accounts of alleged excesses in privately funded congressional travel and gifts, particularly from lobbyists, have provided an impetus for proposed changes in the 109th Congress. This report provides an analysis of the proposals for change introduced or discussed in the 109th Congress and will be updated as events warrant.
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Congressional Gifts and Travel, Legislative Proposals for the 109th Congress

Congressional Gifts and Travel, Legislative Proposals for the 109th Congress

Date: November 8, 2005
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: None
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Congressional Record: Its Production, Distribution, and Accessibility

Congressional Record: Its Production, Distribution, and Accessibility

Date: July 17, 2003
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: The Congressional Record is the most widely recognized published account of the debates and activities in Congress. The Record often reflects the intent of Congress in enacting legislation. This fact sheet is one of a series on the legislative process.
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The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the House Floor

The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the House Floor

Date: May 23, 2003
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: This report focuses on the floor activities of the House during its first formal session in a new Congress, and serves as a guide for participating in or watching these proceedings.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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