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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
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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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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Pakistan-U.S. Relations

Pakistan-U.S. Relations

Date: May 30, 2008
Creator: Kronstadt, K. Alan
Description: This report summarizes important recent developments in Pakistan and in Pakistan-U.S. relations. These include high-profile political assassinations in early 2011; the Raymond Davis affair involving a CIA operative accused of murder in the city of Lahore; and the May killing of Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, among others. The report also summarizes key issues in the bilateral relationship.
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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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Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Might One Be Utilized In Iraq?

Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Might One Be Utilized In Iraq?

Date: June 16, 2008
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report discusses multilateral and bilateral agreements addressing the status of U.S. armed forces while present in a foreign country. These agreements, commonly referred to as Status of Forces Agreements (SOFAs), generally establish the framework under which U.S. military personnel operate in a foreign country, addressing how the domestic laws of the foreign jurisdiction shall be applied toward U.S. personnel while in that country.
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Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2009

Resolutions of Inquiry: An Analysis of Their Use in the House, 1947-2009

Date: October 29, 2009
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: This report discusses resolution of inquiry, which is a measure that formally calls on the executive branch to provide specified factual information to Congress.
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Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2010 Appropriations

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2010 Appropriations

Date: July 29, 2009
Creator: Else, Daniel H.; Scott, Christine & Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget request for the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which provides funding for the planning, design, construction, alteration, and improvement of facilities used by active and reserve military components worldwide.
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Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress

Date: October 22, 2009
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and potential issues for Congress on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant equipped with modular "plug-and-fight" mission packages. The Navy's proposed FY2012 budget requests funding for the procurement of four LCSs.
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