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Congressional Membership and Appointment Authority to Advisory Commissions, Boards, and Groups

Congressional Membership and Appointment Authority to Advisory Commissions, Boards, and Groups

Date: May 11, 2009
Creator: Glassman, Matthew E.
Description: This report contains a compilation of commissions and boards that demonstrates the range of alternative membership-appointment structures. It includes any statutorily created advisory entity (boards, advisory panels, etc.) whose membership scheme mandates the participation of Members of Congress either as potential members or as participants in the process of appointing the membership.
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A Parliamentary-Style Question Period: Proposals and Issues for Congress

A Parliamentary-Style Question Period: Proposals and Issues for Congress

Date: March 5, 2009
Creator: Glassman, Matthew E.
Description: This report surveys how question periods are conducted in Britain and other parliamentary democracies, examines previous proposals for question periods in the United States, considers potential advantages and disadvantages of a question period, and outlines some legislative considerations for policymakers considering a question period for Congress.
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Omnibus Appropriations Acts: Overview of Recent Practices

Omnibus Appropriations Acts: Overview of Recent Practices

Date: July 15, 2015
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: Omnibus appropriations acts have become a significant feature of the legislative process in recent years as Congress and the President have resorted more frequently to their use to bring action on the regular appropriations cycle to a close. Following a discussion of pertinent background information, this report reviews the recent use of such measures and briefly addresses several issues that their use raises.
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Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Comparison of Legislative Proposals in the 114th Congress

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Comparison of Legislative Proposals in the 114th Congress

Date: June 18, 2015
Creator: Fischer, Eric A. & Logan, Stephanie M.
Description: This report compares two House bills and one Senate bill that address information sharing and related activities in cybersecurity. The report consists of an overview of those and other legislative proposals on information sharing, along with selected associated issues, followed by a side-by-side analysis of the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 (NCPAA), the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA), and the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA).
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Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources

Legislative Research for Congressional Staff: How to Find Documents and Other Resources

Date: June 22, 2015
Creator: Cornell, Ada S.; Greene, Michael & Hanson, Laura A.
Description: This report is one of a series of reports on legislative process and research; it is intended to serve as a finding aid to sources of information, such as documents, news articles, analysis, contacts and services, used in legislative research.
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The Military Commissions Act of 2006: Background and Proposed Amendments

The Military Commissions Act of 2006: Background and Proposed Amendments

Date: August 11, 2009
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K.
Description: This report provides a background and analysis of military commissions rules under the Military Commissions Act of 2006. After reviewing the history of the implementation of military commissions in the "global war on terrorism," the report provides an overview of the procedural safeguards provided in the MCA. The report identifies pending legislation, including Senate-passed S. 1390, and describes proposals suggested by the Obama Administration. Finally, the report provides two charts comparing the MCA with proposed legislation.
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Senate Consideration of Presidential Nominations: Committee and Floor Procedure

Senate Consideration of Presidential Nominations: Committee and Floor Procedure

Date: May 8, 2009
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth
Description: This report describes the process by which the Senate provides advice and consent on presidential nominations, including receipt and referral of nominations, committee practices, and floor procedure.
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Appointment and Confirmation of Executive Branch Leadership: An Overview

Appointment and Confirmation of Executive Branch Leadership: An Overview

Date: June 22, 2015
Creator: Hogue, Henry B. & Carey, Maeve P.
Description: This report begins by explaining the three distinct stages that comprise the advice and consent process, which is the means through which most of these positions are filled. The report then provides an overview of recess appointments and briefly discusses other options that are available to Presidents for temporarily filling vacant advice and consent positions. Finally, it discusses certain types of statutory provisions that Congress has applied selectively to specific advice and consent positions in the executive branch.
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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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Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Date: July 2, 2015
Creator: Fergusson, Ian F. & Beth, Richard S.
Description: The issue of TPA reauthorization raises a number of questions regarding TPA itself and the pending legislation. This report addresses a number of those questions that are frequently asked, including the following: What is trade promotion authority? Is TPA necessary? What are trade negotiating objectives and how are they reflected in TPA statutes? What requirements does Congress impose on the President under TPA? Does TPA affect congressional authority on trade policy?
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