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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Secret Sessions of the House and Senate

Secret Sessions of the House and Senate

Date: November 3, 2005
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: None
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Invoking Cloture in the Senate

Invoking Cloture in the Senate

Date: February 9, 2005
Creator: Davis, Christopher M
Description: None
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Legislative Branch: FY2006 Appropriations

Legislative Branch: FY2006 Appropriations

Date: August 30, 2005
Creator: Dwyer, Paul E
Description: This report is a guide to the regular appropriations bills that Congress considers each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House Committee on Appropriations and Senate Subcommittee on Legislative Branch of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. It summarizes the current legislative status of the bill, its scope, major issues, funding levels, and related legislative activity.
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Constitutionality of a Senate Filibuster of a Judicial Nomination

Constitutionality of a Senate Filibuster of a Judicial Nomination

Date: June 14, 2005
Creator: Shampansky, Jay R
Description: This report provides an overview of the major issues which have been raised recently in the Senate regarding the Judicial Nominations, Filibusters, and the Constitution: When a Majority Is Denied Its Right to Consent and in the press concerning the constitutionality of a Senate filibuster (i.e., extended debate) of a judicial nomination.
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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare: The 24-Month Waiting Period for SSDI Beneficiaries Under Age 65

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare: The 24-Month Waiting Period for SSDI Beneficiaries Under Age 65

Date: July 14, 2005
Creator: Whittaker, Julie M
Description: None
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A Sunset Commission for the Federal Government: Recent Developments

A Sunset Commission for the Federal Government: Recent Developments

Date: August 11, 2005
Creator: McMurtry, Virginia A
Description: The sunset concept provides for programs and agencies to terminate automatically on a periodic basis unless explicitly renewed by law. In recent years bills to create a federal sunset commission, modeled on the sunset review process in Texas, have been introduced. President Bush called for creation of a federal sunset commission in his FY2006 budget submission. Bills reflecting an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) draft proposal have been introduced (S. 1399, H.R. 3276, H.R. 3277). This report will be updated as events warrant.
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Reconciliation Instructions in the FY2006 Budget Resolution

Reconciliation Instructions in the FY2006 Budget Resolution

Date: October 18, 2005
Creator: Bley, Mary Frances & Keith, Robert
Description: None
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Spending Reconciliation Directives to the Senate Finance Committee in Congressional Budget Resolutions

Spending Reconciliation Directives to the Senate Finance Committee in Congressional Budget Resolutions

Date: May 18, 2005
Creator: Keith, Robert & Heniff, Bill, Jr
Description: None
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Speed of Presidential and Senate Actions on Supreme Court Nominations, 1900-2005

Speed of Presidential and Senate Actions on Supreme Court Nominations, 1900-2005

Date: October 18, 2005
Creator: Garrett, R. Sam & Rutkus, Denis Steven
Description: None
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Kosovo's Future Status and U.S. Policy

Kosovo's Future Status and U.S. Policy

Date: July 19, 2005
Creator: Woehrel, 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: September 1, 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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Summary of Joint Committee on Taxation's Staff Proposals Relating to Charitable Contributions

Summary of Joint Committee on Taxation's Staff Proposals Relating to Charitable Contributions

Date: July 29, 2005
Creator: Lunder, Erika
Description: None
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Speaker Hastert's Plan to Offset Spending: A Procedural Perspective

Speaker Hastert's Plan to Offset Spending: A Procedural Perspective

Date: October 26, 2005
Creator: Keith, Robert
Description: None
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Legislative Procedures for Adjusting the Public Debt Limit: A Brief Overview

Legislative Procedures for Adjusting the Public Debt Limit: A Brief Overview

Date: February 11, 2005
Creator: Keith, Robert & Heniff, Bill, Jr
Description: None
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Appropriations Bills: What is Report Language?

Appropriations Bills: What is Report Language?

Date: January 12, 2005
Creator: Streeter, Sandy
Description: When the Senate or House Appropriations Committee reports an appropriations bill to the full Senate or House, respectively, the committee typically publishes a committee report explaining the bill. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of what these reports entail and the language used within them.
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Consolidating Intelligence Appropriation and Authorization in a Single Committee: 9/11 Commission Recommendation and Alternatives

Consolidating Intelligence Appropriation and Authorization in a Single Committee: 9/11 Commission Recommendation and Alternatives

Date: October 29, 2004
Creator: Streeter, Sandy
Description: This report focuses on the commission’s proposal, to consolidate appropriation and authorization functions in the existing Senate and House Select Intelligence Committees. The report (1) describes the proposal; (2) compares it to the existing committee system; (3) describes a 19th century precedent for consolidation; (4) provides selected arguments in favor of consolidation as well as against; (5) discusses two alternatives to consolidating authorization and appropriation functions: a Joint Committee on Intelligence and separate intelligence appropriations subcommittees in the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations; and (6) describes current legislation.
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Senate Rule XIV Procedures for Placing Measures Directly on the Senate Calendar

Senate Rule XIV Procedures for Placing Measures Directly on the Senate Calendar

Date: October 25, 2005
Creator: Koempel, Michael L
Description: This report describes the Senate Rule XIV, para. 2, which requires that bills and resolutions have three readings before passage, and that they be read twice before being referred to committee.
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Congressional Budget Resolutions: Revisions and Adjustments

Congressional Budget Resolutions: Revisions and Adjustments

Date: October 19, 2005
Creator: Keith, Robert
Description: Following a brief discussion of budget resolutions and the congressional budget process, this report examines the several ways in which budget levels and other matters included in budget resolutions may be revised or adjusted, the authorities that underpin the making of such revisions and adjustments, and actual practices of the House and Senate in this regard.
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Homeland Security Act of 2002: Legislative History and Pagination Key

Homeland Security Act of 2002: Legislative History and Pagination Key

Date: November 26, 2002
Creator: Gressle, Sharon S
Description: None
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Congress and the Courts: Current Policy Issues

Congress and the Courts: Current Policy Issues

Date: September 20, 2005
Creator: Oleszek, Walter J
Description: The purposes of this report are to examine the Congress-court connection along several discrete, but overlapping, dimensions. First, the constitutional authority of Congress and the judiciary is summarized briefly. Second, the report highlights the court’s role as legislative-executive “umpire” and federal-state “referee” in our constitutional system. Third, the report discusses the court’s part in statutory interpretation as well as the diverse ways Congress may “check and balance” the judiciary. Fourth, the paper reviews several current controversies associated with the judicial nominations process. Fifth, the state of play with respect to the so-called “nuclear” or “constitutional” option for ending judicial filibusters is discussed along with the compromise that so far has averted use of this procedural maneuver in the Senate. Finally, the report closes with several observations about the judicial nominations process.
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House Committee Funding Requests and Authorizations, 104th-109th Congresses

House Committee Funding Requests and Authorizations, 104th-109th Congresses

Date: May 3, 2005
Creator: Petersen, R. Eric
Description: None
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Senate Committee Funding Resolutions, 109th Congress, and Funding Authorizations 104th-109th Congresses

Senate Committee Funding Resolutions, 109th Congress, and Funding Authorizations 104th-109th Congresses

Date: February 25, 2005
Creator: Petersen, R. Eric
Description: None
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Appropriations Subcommittee Structure: History of Changes from 1920-2005

Appropriations Subcommittee Structure: History of Changes from 1920-2005

Date: March 9, 2005
Creator: Saturno, James V
Description: This report details the evolution of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ subcommittee structure from the 1920s to the present.
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Informing Congress: The Role of the Executive in Times of War and Military Conflict, 1941-2001

Informing Congress: The Role of the Executive in Times of War and Military Conflict, 1941-2001

Date: August 2, 2002
Creator: Relyea, Harold C & Halchin, L. Elaine
Description: None
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