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Mexico-U.S. Relations: Issues for the 108th Congress

Mexico-U.S. Relations: Issues for the 108th Congress

Date: October 26, 2004
Creator: Storrs, K. Larry
Description: None
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Mexico-U.S. Relations: Issues for the 109th Congress

Mexico-U.S. Relations: Issues for the 109th Congress

Date: October 26, 2004
Creator: Storrs, K. Larry
Description: This report discusses the United States and Mexico relations and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The major issues discussed by Congress are trade, migration/border security, drug trafficking, and political issues.
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Clean Water Act Issues in the 108th Congress

Clean Water Act Issues in the 108th Congress

Date: October 25, 2004
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: The Clean Water Act Issues has again received attention in the 108th Congress. At issue is how the federal government will assist states and cities in meeting needs to rebuild, repair, and upgrade wastewater treatment plants, especially in light of capital costs which are projected to be as much as $390 billion over the next two decades. In October 2004, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reported legislation to authorize $20 billion in funding for clean water infrastructure (S. 2550), while in July 2003, a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee also approved a water infrastructure financing bill (H.R. 1560). Still, prospects for further action during the 108th Congress are uncertain.
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Environmental Protection Issues in the 108th Congress

Environmental Protection Issues in the 108th Congress

Date: October 25, 2004
Creator: Fletcher, Susan R & Isler, Margaret M
Description: The 108th Congress has acted on a variety of disparate environmental measures; some of these represent proposals or issues that had been under consideration in the 107th Congress and earlier. Environmental issues considered by Congress tend to fall into several major categories: (1) funding issues — whether funding levels are adequate and focused on appropriate priorities; (2) expanding, renewing, or refocusing specific environment programs; (3) environmental issues that are important “subsets” of other major areas of concern, such as energy, defense, or transportation programs; and more recently, (4) terrorism and infrastructure protection in areas such as wastewater and chemical facilities.
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Clean Air Act Issues in the 108th Congress

Clean Air Act Issues in the 108th Congress

Date: October 22, 2004
Creator: McCarthy, James E
Description: The conference report on the energy bill (H.R. 6), which came to the House and Senate floor for action the week of November 17, 2003, contained several Clean Air Act provisions. Most of these are also contained in S. 2095, a revised version of the bill introduced February 12, 2004, and in H.R. 4503, which passed the House June 15, 2004. Most of the air provisions concern the gasoline additives MTBE and ethanol, used to meet Clean Air Act requirements that reformulated gasoline (RFG) sold in the nation’s worst ozone nonattainment areas contain at least 2% oxygen, to improve combustion.
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Senate Committee Reports: Required Contents

Senate Committee Reports: Required Contents

Date: October 22, 2004
Creator: Carr, Thomas P.
Description: This report briefly describes Senate rules and statutes that specify information that must be included as part of the written report about the purposes and provisions of a proposed measure. Senate committees also may include additional items in their reports.
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Congressional Oversight Manual

Congressional Oversight Manual

Date: October 21, 2004
Creator: Fisher, Louis; Kaiser, Frederick M; Oleszek, Walter J & Rosenberg, Morton
Description: Throughout its history, Congress has engaged in oversight of the executive branch — the review, monitoring, and supervision of the implementation of public policy. The first several Congresses inaugurated such important oversight techniques as special investigations, reporting requirements, resolutions of inquiry, and use of the appropriations process to review executive activity. Contemporary developments, moreover, have increased the legislature’s capacity and capabilities to check on and check the Executive. Public laws and congressional rules have measurably enhanced Congress’s implied power under the Constitution to conduct oversight.
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Private Bills: Procedure in the House

Private Bills: Procedure in the House

Date: October 21, 2004
Creator: Beth, Richard S.
Description: This report briefly discusses private bills, which are bills providing benefits to specified individuals (including corporate bodies). Individuals sometimes request relief through private law when administrative or legal remedies are exhausted, but Congress seems more often to view private legislation as appropriate when no other remedy is available, and when enactment would, in a broad sense, afford equity.
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Secret Sessions of Congress: A Brief Historical Overview

Secret Sessions of Congress: A Brief Historical Overview

Date: October 21, 2004
Creator: Amer, Mildred L
Description: None
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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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