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"Mad Cow Disease" or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy: Scientific and Regulatory Issues

"Mad Cow Disease" or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy: Scientific and Regulatory Issues

Date: July 9, 1997
Creator: Johnson, Judith A & Vogt, Donna U
Description: This report discusses the regulatory issues regarding cattle disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and a rare, fatal human illness, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
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Nitrogen Oxides and Electric Utilities: Revising the NSPS

Nitrogen Oxides and Electric Utilities: Revising the NSPS

Date: July 25, 1997
Creator: Parker, Larry
Description: None
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Clean Water Act and TMDLs

Clean Water Act and TMDLs

Date: September 11, 1997
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires states to identify waters that are impaired by pollution, even after application of pollution controls. For those waters, states must establish a total maximum daily load (TMDL) of pollutants to ensure that water quality standards can be attained. Implementation of this provision has been dormant until recently, when states and EPA were prodded by numerous lawsuits. The TMDL issue has become controversial, in part because of requirements and costs now facing states to implement a 25-year-old provision of the law. Congressional activity to reauthorize the Act, a possibility in the 2nd Session of the 105th Congress, could include TMDL issues, but the direction for any such action is unclear at this time.
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Managed Health Care: Federal and State Regulation

Managed Health Care: Federal and State Regulation

Date: October 8, 1997
Creator: Fuchs, Beth C
Description: None
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Food Safety Agencies and Authorities: A Primer

Food Safety Agencies and Authorities: A Primer

Date: February 5, 1998
Creator: Rawson, Jean M & Vogt, Donna U
Description: None
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Federal Regulation of Working Hours: The Ballenger and Ashcroft Proposals (H.R. 1 and S.4)

Federal Regulation of Working Hours: The Ballenger and Ashcroft Proposals (H.R. 1 and S.4)

Date: April 16, 1998
Creator: Whittaker, William G
Description: None
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The Financial Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

The Financial Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

Date: May 7, 1998
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart & Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: None
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Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Basic Sources

Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Basic Sources

Date: May 7, 1998
Creator: Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report is a guide to basic sources useful in tracking federal legislation and regulations. It has been prepared primarily for the use of constituents who wish to follow the federal government's legislative or regulatory activities at the local level. Brief annotations for the selected printed, telephone, electronic, and related sources describe their scope, focus, and frequency, include publisher contact information, and provide Internet addresses where available.
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Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Basic Sources

Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Basic Sources

Date: May 7, 1998
Creator: Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report is a guide to basic sources useful in tracking federal legislation and regulations. It has been prepared primarily for the use of constituents who wish to follow the federal government's legislative or regulatory activities at the local level. Brief annotations for the selected printed, telephone, electronic, and related sources describe their scope, focus, and frequency, include publisher contact information, and provide Internet addresses where available.
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Lobbying Regulations on Non-Profit Organizations

Lobbying Regulations on Non-Profit Organizations

Date: May 19, 1998
Creator: Maskell, Jack
Description: This report is intended to provide a brief overview of the various potential restrictions, rules or regulations upon lobbying activities of non-profit organizations.
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Lobbying Regulations on Non-Profit Organizations

Lobbying Regulations on Non-Profit Organizations

Date: May 19, 1998
Creator: Maskell, Jack
Description: This report is intended to provide a brief overview of the various potential restrictions, rules or regulations upon lobbying activities of non-profit organizations.
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Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts

Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts

Date: June 5, 1998
Creator: Makinen, Gail
Description: This report begins with a comprehensive presentation of current economic conditions focusing on income growth, unemployment, and inflation. The posture of monetary and fiscal policy is surveyed as are the forecasts of economic activity. It concludes with data on the factors important for economic growth.
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Are High Interest Rates a Threat to Sustained Economic Recovery?

Are High Interest Rates a Threat to Sustained Economic Recovery?

Date: June 15, 1998
Creator: Elwell, Craig K
Description: A major question that arises in Congress during its considerations of what policies promote and what inhibit the restoration of a healthy economy is the influence that interest rates exert. In particular, are high interest rates a threat to sustained economic recovery?
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Tobacco Control: Enforcement and Effectiveness of Federal and State Youth Access Laws

Tobacco Control: Enforcement and Effectiveness of Federal and State Youth Access Laws

Date: August 19, 1998
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen & Austin-Lane, Joy
Description: None
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Tobacco Legislation in the 105th Congress: Side-by-Side Comparison of S. 1415, S. 1530, S. 1638, S. 1889, H.R. 3474, and H.R. 3868

Tobacco Legislation in the 105th Congress: Side-by-Side Comparison of S. 1415, S. 1530, S. 1638, S. 1889, H.R. 3474, and H.R. 3868

Date: August 19, 1998
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen & Austin-Lane, Joy
Description: None
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Maritime Economic Deregulation: Background and Selected Public Policy Issues

Maritime Economic Deregulation: Background and Selected Public Policy Issues

Date: November 13, 1998
Creator: Thompson, Stephen J
Description: None
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Federal Sales of Natural Resources: Pricing and Allocation Mechanisms (1998)

Federal Sales of Natural Resources: Pricing and Allocation Mechanisms (1998)

Date: December 11, 1998
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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Air Quality and Vehicle Emission Standards: An Overview of the National Low Emission Vehicle Program and Related Issues

Air Quality and Vehicle Emission Standards: An Overview of the National Low Emission Vehicle Program and Related Issues

Date: January 4, 1999
Creator: Bearden, David M
Description: This report provides background information on federal emission standards for motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act and stricter standards originally developed to address the severity of air quality problems in California, explains the low emission standards and flexible compliance mechanisms to which states and manufacturers have voluntarily agreed under the National Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program, discusses the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) estimates of the program's air quality benefits and costs, and examines regulatory issues related to its implementation including sulfur levels in gasoline and the relative stringency of emission standards for light trucks.
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Environmental Reauthorizations and Regulatory Reform: From the 104th Congress to the 106th

Environmental Reauthorizations and Regulatory Reform: From the 104th Congress to the 106th

Date: January 8, 1999
Creator: Blodgett, John E
Description: The 104th Congress pursued efforts to reform environmental regulations on several fronts: (1) revising regulatory decision making processes; (2) attaching specific reforms to funding bills; (3) establishing a House corrections day calendar of bills addressing specific regulatory problems; and (4) incorporating regulatory reforms into individual program reauthorization bills. The 105th Congress has pursued regulatory reform in four primary directions: (1) proposals to establish a comprehensive cost-benefit/risk analysis framework for regulatory programs, (2) private property “takings” initiatives, (3) amendments and reforms directed at individual environmental statutes, and (4) oversight of environmental programs.
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Nationwide Permits for Wetlands Projects: Permit 26 and Other Issues and Controversies

Nationwide Permits for Wetlands Projects: Permit 26 and Other Issues and Controversies

Date: January 21, 1999
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: None
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Inflation and the Real Minimum Wage: Fact Sheet

Inflation and the Real Minimum Wage: Fact Sheet

Date: January 27, 1999
Creator: Cashell, Brian W
Description: None
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Roadless Areas: The Administration's Moratorium

Roadless Areas: The Administration's Moratorium

Date: April 8, 1999
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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Science Behind the Regulation of Food Safety: Risk Assessment and the Precautionary Principle

Science Behind the Regulation of Food Safety: Risk Assessment and the Precautionary Principle

Date: August 27, 1999
Creator: Parish, Mickey
Description: None
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Air Quality and Motor Vehicles: An Analysis of Current and Proposed Emission Standards

Air Quality and Motor Vehicles: An Analysis of Current and Proposed Emission Standards

Date: September 2, 1999
Creator: Bearden, David M
Description: The extent to which emissions from motor vehicles and the amount of sulfur in commercial gasoline should be regulated has become a controversial issue. The EPA is proposing national limits on gasoline sulfur levels which would become effective in 2004. This report provides background information on the regulation of vehicle emissions in the United States, analyzes key elements of the National Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Tier 2 proposal, summarizes major views on the proposal that have been expressed by the automobile industry, the oil refining industry, and some environmental organizations, and discusses relevant legislative activity in the 106th Congress.
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