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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts

U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts

Date: May 16, 2005
Creator: Nanto, Dick K & Lum, Thomas
Description: None
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Hydropower Licenses and Alternative Licensing Conditions in H.R. 6, 109th Congress

Hydropower Licenses and Alternative Licensing Conditions in H.R. 6, 109th Congress

Date: May 12, 2005
Creator: Powers, Kyna
Description: None
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Petroleum Refining: Economic Performance and Challenges for the Future

Petroleum Refining: Economic Performance and Challenges for the Future

Date: May 9, 2005
Creator: Pirog, Robert L
Description: None
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Plan Colombia: A Progress Report

Plan Colombia: A Progress Report

Date: May 9, 2005
Creator: Veillette, Connie
Description: None
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Honduras: Political and Economic Situation and U.S. Relations

Honduras: Political and Economic Situation and U.S. Relations

Date: May 3, 2005
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P
Description: None
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El Salvador: Political, Economic, and Social Conditions and Relations with the United States

El Salvador: Political, Economic, and Social Conditions and Relations with the United States

Date: May 3, 2005
Creator: Ribando, Clare
Description: None
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China's Economic Conditions

China's Economic Conditions

Date: April 25, 2005
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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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports

Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports

Date: April 25, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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Plan Colombia: A Progress Report

Plan Colombia: A Progress Report

Date: April 12, 2005
Creator: Veillette, Connie
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The Rise of China and Its Effect on Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea: U.S. Policy Choices

The Rise of China and Its Effect on Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea: U.S. Policy Choices

Date: April 12, 2005
Creator: Nanto, Dick K & Chanlett-Avery, Emma
Description: None
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Broadband Internet Access: Background and Issues

Broadband Internet Access: Background and Issues

Date: April 4, 2005
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A & Kruger, Lennard G
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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Regulation of Broadcast Indecency: Background and Legal Analysis

Regulation of Broadcast Indecency: Background and Legal Analysis

Date: March 30, 2005
Creator: Welborn, Angie A & Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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The Budget Deficit and the Trade Deficit: What Is Their Relationship?

The Budget Deficit and the Trade Deficit: What Is Their Relationship?

Date: March 24, 2005
Creator: Labonte, Marc & makinen, gail
Description: During the last half of the 1990s, real gross domestic investment rose as a fraction of real GDP. This resulted from the rise in U.S. productivity and the related rise in the real yield on U.S. assets. This drew additional private capital from abroad. If the twin deficits theory is correct, it has an adverse implication for the efficacy of fiscal policy as a stimulus tool. It suggests that in an environment of highly mobile international capital flows the effect of policy induced increases in the structural budget deficit (e.g., tax cuts) on short-run economic growth would be largely offset by increases in the trade deficit. The experience during both the 1980s and 1990s demonstrates that a large and growing trade deficit need not be an impediment to overall job creation even though it may have had an effect on the type of jobs that were created since it affected the composition of U.S. output.
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Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Date: March 24, 2005
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S
Description: None
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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports

Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports

Date: March 7, 2005
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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Plan Colombia: A Progress Report

Plan Colombia: A Progress Report

Date: February 17, 2005
Creator: Veillette, Connie
Description: None
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The Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative: An Overview

The Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative: An Overview

Date: February 15, 2005
Creator: Sharp, Jeremy M
Description: The Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA) is a multilateral development and reform plan aimed at fostering economic and political liberalization in a wide geographic area of Arab and non-Arab Muslim countries. In December 2004, the first BMENA meeting took place in Rabat, Morocco and was called the “Forum for the Future.”At the forum, foreign ministers and finance ministers of the countries in the region stretching from Morocco to Pakistan as well as from the countries of the G8 pledged to create several new development programs and committed $60 million to a regional fund for business development. Critics of BMENA contend that the initiative focuses too heavily on economic issues instead of political reform and does little to strengthen non-governmental organizations and civil society groups in Arab and non- Arab Muslim countries.
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Medical Records Privacy: Questions and Answers on the HIPAA Rule

Medical Records Privacy: Questions and Answers on the HIPAA Rule

Date: February 4, 2005
Creator: Redhead, C. S.
Description: This report discuses the HIPAA privacy rule, which gives patients the right of access to their medical information and prohibits health plans and health care providers from using or disclosing individually identifiable health information without a patient’s written authorization except as expressly permitted or required by the rule.
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Nationwide Permits for Wetlands Projects: Issues and Regulatory Developments

Nationwide Permits for Wetlands Projects: Issues and Regulatory Developments

Date: February 2, 2005
Creator: Copeland, Claudia
Description: None
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Social Security and Medicare: The Economic Implications of Current Policy

Social Security and Medicare: The Economic Implications of Current Policy

Date: January 28, 2005
Creator: Labonte, Marc
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 27, 2005
Creator: Elwell, Craig K
Description: None
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Honduras: Political and Economic Situation and U.S. Relations

Honduras: Political and Economic Situation and U.S. Relations

Date: January 19, 2005
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P
Description: None
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Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Mad Cow Disease: Agricultural Issues for Congress

Date: January 13, 2005
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S
Description: None
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El Salvador: Political, Economic, and Social Conditions and Relations with the United States

El Salvador: Political, Economic, and Social Conditions and Relations with the United States

Date: January 13, 2005
Creator: Ribando, Clare
Description: None
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