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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Tactical Aircraft Modernization: Issues for Congress

Tactical Aircraft Modernization: Issues for Congress

Date: July 25, 2005
Creator: Bolkcom, Christopher
Description: None
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NASA's Space Shuttle Program: Issues for Congress Related to The Columbia Tragedy and "Return to Flight"

NASA's Space Shuttle Program: Issues for Congress Related to The Columbia Tragedy and "Return to Flight"

Date: June 2, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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War Powers Resolution: Presidential Compliance

War Powers Resolution: Presidential Compliance

Date: July 14, 2005
Creator: Grimmett, Richard F
Description: None
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Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate

Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate

Date: July 6, 2005
Creator: Rutkus, Denis Steven
Description: None
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"Fast Track" Congressional Consideration of Recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission

"Fast Track" Congressional Consideration of Recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission

Date: May 12, 2005
Creator: Davis, Christopher M
Description: The recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission will automatically take effect unless, within a stated period after the recommendations are submitted to the House and Senate, Congress adopts a joint resolution of disapproval rejecting them in their entirety. Congressional consideration of this disapproval resolution is not governed by the regular rules of the House and Senate, but by special expedited or “fast track” procedures laid out in statute. This report describes these expedited parliamentary procedures and explains how they differ from the regular legislative processes of Congress.
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House Select Committee on Intelligence:  Leadership and Assignment Limitations

House Select Committee on Intelligence: Leadership and Assignment Limitations

Date: April 25, 2005
Creator: Schneider, Judy
Description: None
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Agriculture:  Prospective Issues for Congress

Agriculture: Prospective Issues for Congress

Date: January 3, 2005
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S
Description: A number of issues affecting U.S. agriculture could receive attention during the 109th Congress. Some are related to new initiatives or to unfinished legislation from the 108th Congress; others have been the focus of ongoing congressional oversight. Although the current (2002) farm bill (P.L. 107-171) generally does not expire until 2007, the agriculture committees could begin hearings on a new measure as early as 2005. The farm bill spells out the types and levels of benefits provided to producers and landowners under commodity price support and conservation programs, both of which could receive close scrutiny in the coming year as lawmakers seek ways to control federal spending. Other concerns include agroterrorism, food safety, and animal and plant diseases (e.g., “mad cow” disease); interest in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations; the rising cost of energy on farms; environmental issues; and a number of agricultural marketing matters.
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Congressional Oversight of Judges and Justices

Congressional Oversight of Judges and Justices

Date: May 31, 2005
Creator: Bazan, Elizabeth B & Rosenberg, Morton
Description: This report addresses Congress’ oversight authority over individual federal judges or Supreme Court Justices. Congressional oversight authority, although broad, is limited to subjects related to the exercise of legitimate congressional power. First the report addresses the general powers and limitations on Congress’ oversight authority. Second, the report examines the Senate approval process for the nominations of individual judges or Justices, and the Senate’s ability to obtain information on judges or Justices during that process. The report also considers the limits of existing statutory authority for judicial discipline and how Congress has influenced such procedures. It discusses the issue of how far the congressional investigatory powers can be exercised regarding possible judicial impeachments. Finally, it treats investigations regarding the individual actions of a judge outside of the above contexts, such as how a judge imposes sentences under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.
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Creation of Executive Departments: Highlights from the Legislative History of Modern Precedents

Creation of Executive Departments: Highlights from the Legislative History of Modern Precedents

Date: July 30, 2002
Creator: Carr, Thomas P
Description: This report describes the principal elements of legislative process used to establish these executive branch entities. Legislative histories of the organic acts of these Cabinet departments are set out in narrative form in the body of the report, and in tabular format in the appendix.
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Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress

Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress

Date: May 9, 2005
Creator: Cronin, Richard P; Cooper, William H; Manyin, Mark E & Niksch, Larry A
Description: None
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