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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: February 15, 2000
Creator: Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report introduces selected basic sources that are useful in obtaining background information or specific facts on the status of federal legislative or regulatory initiatives. It includes telephone, online, and media sources are included, as well as pertinent directories, such as those of organizations that track areas of interest. Annotations describing each source's contents and organization are included so that researchers can select those that most closely fit their needs. Internet addresses usually provide information about the items, rather than access to them.
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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: February 15, 2000
Creator: Davis, Carol D.
Description: This report introduces selected basic sources that are useful in obtaining background information or specific facts on the status of federal legislative or regulatory initiatives. It includes telephone, online, and media sources are included, as well as pertinent directories, such as those of organizations that track areas of interest. Annotations describing each source's contents and organization are included so that researchers can select those that most closely fit their needs. Internet addresses usually provide information about the items, rather than access to them.
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Wetlands Regulation and the Law of Property Rights "Takings"

Wetlands Regulation and the Law of Property Rights "Takings"

Date: February 17, 2000
Creator: Meltz, Robert
Description: None
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Noise Abatement and Control: An Overview of Federal Standards and Regulations

Noise Abatement and Control: An Overview of Federal Standards and Regulations

Date: April 7, 2000
Creator: Bearden, David M
Description: None
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What if the National Debt Were Eliminated? Some Economic Consequences

What if the National Debt Were Eliminated? Some Economic Consequences

Date: July 14, 2000
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Description: None
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The National Forest Roadless Area Initiative

The National Forest Roadless Area Initiative

Date: August 22, 2000
Creator: Baldwin, Pamela
Description: None
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China's Economic Conditions

China's Economic Conditions

Date: September 21, 2000
Creator: Morrison, Wayne M
Description: China’s economy continues to be a concern to U.S. policymakers. On the one hand, China’s economic growth presents huge opportunities for U.S. exporters. On the other hand, the surge in Chinese exports to the United States has put competitive pressures on many U.S. industries. Many U.S. policymakers have argued that greater efforts should be made to pressure China to fully implement its WTO commitments and to change various economic policies deemed harmful to U.S. economic interests, such as its currency peg and its use of subsidies to support its SOEs. In addition, recent bids by Chinese state-owned firms to purchase various U.S. firms have raised concerns among Members over the impact such acquisitions could have on U.S. national and economic security.
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Derivatives Regulation: Legislation in the 106th Congress

Derivatives Regulation: Legislation in the 106th Congress

Date: October 10, 2000
Creator: Jickling, Mark
Description: The 106th Congress is considering a general overhaul of derivatives regulation. Pending legislation would codify the unregulated status of certain derivatives, exempt many other currently-regulated contracts from oversight by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and permit the trading of a new kind of contract: a futures contract based on the stock of an individual corporation. Derivatives legislation has been reported out of committee in both House and Senate. This report analyzes this legislation in the 106th Congress, and will be updated as developments warrant.
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Renewal Communities and New Markets Initiatives: Legislation in the 106th Congress

Renewal Communities and New Markets Initiatives: Legislation in the 106th Congress

Date: October 12, 2000
Creator: Mulock, Bruce K
Description: None
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Paying Off the National Debt: Some Intergenerational Consequences

Paying Off the National Debt: Some Intergenerational Consequences

Date: October 17, 2000
Creator: Labonte, Marc & Makinen, Gail
Description: None
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Low Power FM Radio Service: Regulatory and Congressional Issues

Low Power FM Radio Service: Regulatory and Congressional Issues

Date: January 5, 2001
Creator: Bass, Gwenell L & Nunno, Richard M
Description: None
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Authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Fix Electricity Rates and Charges and to Require Refund Payments by a Public Utility

Authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Fix Electricity Rates and Charges and to Require Refund Payments by a Public Utility

Date: January 9, 2001
Creator: Seitzinger, Michael V
Description: Sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act concern rates and charges collected by a public utility in transmitting or selling electric energy in interstate commerce. These rates and charges are required to be just and reasonable. States retain jurisdiction over facilities for generation, distribution, or transmission of electric energy in intrastate commerce. The Commission has the authority to determine that an existing rate is unjust or unreasonable and set a new rate. In certain situations Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may have authority to refund amounts paid in excess of just and reasonable rates. Case law is useful in determining when such a situation may exist.
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Broadband Internet Access: Background and Issues

Broadband Internet Access: Background and Issues

Date: January 10, 2001
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G & Gilroy, Angele A
Description: From a public policy perspective, the goals are to ensure that broadband deployment is timely, that industry competes fairly, and that service is provided to all sectors and geographical locations of American society. The federal government -- through Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- is seeking to ensure fair competition among the players so that broadband will be available and affordable in a timely manner to all Americans who want it. While the FCC's position is not to intervene at this time, some assert that legislation is necessary to ensure fair competition and timely broadband deployment. One proposal would ease certain legal restrictions and requirements, imposed by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, on incumbent telephone companies who provide high speed data (broadband) access. Another proposal would compel cable companies to provide "open access" to competing Internet service providers.
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Rising Oil Prices: What Dangers Do They Pose for the Economy?

Rising Oil Prices: What Dangers Do They Pose for the Economy?

Date: January 10, 2001
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Description: None
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The U.S. Trade Deficit in 1999: Recent Trends and Policy Options

The U.S. Trade Deficit in 1999: Recent Trends and Policy Options

Date: January 10, 2001
Creator: Elwell, Craig K
Description: None
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Diesel Fuel and Engines: An Analysis of EPA's New Regulations

Diesel Fuel and Engines: An Analysis of EPA's New Regulations

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D; McCarthy, James E; Fischer, John W; Segarra, Alejandro E & Kumins, Lawrence C
Description: This report reviews the final regulations on diesel fuel and diesel engine emissions signed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner December 21, 2000 and promulgated January 18, 2001. This report examines the rule’s potential impacts on fuel supply, summarizes the issues related to pollution controls, discusses potential impacts on the economy, and discusses issues raised by the timing and implementation schedule of the proposed rule.
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OSHA Reform: "Partnership" with Employers

OSHA Reform: "Partnership" with Employers

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Rappaport, Edward B
Description: None
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Patient Protection and Managed Care: Legislation in the 106th Congress

Patient Protection and Managed Care: Legislation in the 106th Congress

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Hearne, Jean P
Description: None
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Trade, Trade Barriers, and Trade Deficits: Implications for U.S. Economic Welfare

Trade, Trade Barriers, and Trade Deficits: Implications for U.S. Economic Welfare

Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Elwell, Craig K
Description: None
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Ergonomics in the Workplace: Is It Time for an OSHA Standard?

Ergonomics in the Workplace: Is It Time for an OSHA Standard?

Date: January 16, 2001
Creator: Rappaport, Edward B
Description: Improper ergonomic design of jobs is one of the leading causes of work-related illness, accounting for perhaps a third of employers’ costs under state workers’ compensation laws. Due to the wide variety of circumstances, however, any comprehensive standard would probably have to be complex and costly, while scientific understanding of the problem is not complete.
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Economic Development Administration: Overview and Issues

Economic Development Administration: Overview and Issues

Date: January 17, 2001
Creator: Mulock, Bruce K
Description: The Economic Development Administration (EDA), targeted for elimination or major “reinvention” early in the 104th Congress, gained a new lease on life in the waning days of the 105th. Having been kept alive via appropriations bills since its last authorizing legislation expired in 1982, P.L. 105-393 reauthorized the EDA and its programs for 5 years. On October 27, Congress approved a conference agreement recommending $286.7 million for EDAP and $28 million for S&E, for a totalFY2001 appropriation of$411.9 million for EDA. It became part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 4942, P.L. 106-553) signed into law on December 21, 2000.
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The U.S. Long-Term Growth Rate: Has it Increased?

The U.S. Long-Term Growth Rate: Has it Increased?

Date: January 18, 2001
Creator: Elwell, Craig K
Description: None
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The New Economic Paradigm: Is It New and Is It a Paradigm?

The New Economic Paradigm: Is It New and Is It a Paradigm?

Date: January 19, 2001
Creator: Labonte, Marc & Makinen, Gail
Description: None
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Federal Regulatory Reform: An Overview

Federal Regulatory Reform: An Overview

Date: January 24, 2001
Creator: Garcia, Rogelio
Description: None
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