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Senate Rules Affecting Committees

Senate Rules Affecting Committees

Date: February 28, 2003
Creator: Bach, Stanley & Palmer, Betsy
Description: This report identifies and summarizes the provisions of the Senate's standing rules, standing orders, precedents, and other directives that relate to legislative activity in the Senate's standing committees. It covers four main issues: committee organization, committee meetings, hearings, and reporting.
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The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Waiver Authority and Modification of Volumes

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Waiver Authority and Modification of Volumes

Date: February 10, 2016
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi
Description: This report discusses the process and criteria for the Environmental Protection Agency to waive various portions of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), and the modification of applicable volumes.
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Amendments in the Senate: Types and Forms

Amendments in the Senate: Types and Forms

Date: November 2, 2004
Creator: Saturno, James V.
Description: This report briefly describes the various types of amendments that take place in the Senate. It has sections describing distinctions among amendments, degrees of amendments, forms of amendments, and the scope of amendments.
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FY2017 Defense Budget Request: In Brief

FY2017 Defense Budget Request: In Brief

Date: February 12, 2016
Creator: Williams, Lynn M. & Towell, Pat
Description: This report discusses the Obama Administration's FY2017 budget request, which includes $619.5 billion for national defense of which $590.6 billion is for the Department of Defense (DOD). It includes an overview of the defense budget structure including defense and budget caps, the base budget request, funding over overseas contingency operations, and other selected budget issues.
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Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress

Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress

Date: January 21, 2016
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report discusses the process of naming Navy ships, which have traditionally been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy. Rules for giving certain types of names to certain types of Navy ships have evolved over time.
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Federalism Jurisprudence: The Opinions of Justice O'Connor

Federalism Jurisprudence: The Opinions of Justice O'Connor

Date: July 19, 2005
Creator: Thomas, Kenneth R. & Tatelman, Todd B.
Description: This report examines the opinions of Justice O'Connor related to limits on federal power. In majority opinions regarding the Tenth Amendment, sovereign immunity, and the power of Congress under the 14th Amendment, she has emphasized the dictates of the Founding Fathers and noted the policies underlying federalism such as the promotion of state accountability.
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Border Security: Fences Along the U.S. International Border

Border Security: Fences Along the U.S. International Border

Date: January 11, 2006
Creator: Nuñez-Neto, Blas & Viña, Stephen R.
Description: This report outlines the issues involved with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) completion of the San Diego border fence and highlights some of the major legislative and administrative developments regarding the construction of new border fences.
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Automatic Enrollment in Section 401(k) Plans

Automatic Enrollment in Section 401(k) Plans

Date: October 14, 2004
Creator: Purcell, Patrick
Description: This report discusses enrollment practices for 401k retirement plans. Historically, most employers that have sponsored retirement savings plans under §401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) have required employees to decide whether to enroll in the plan. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued rulings to inform employers that current law allows them to enroll employees automatically, provided that the employee is notified in advance and is permitted to leave the plan.
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What Does Justice Scalia's Death Mean for Congress and the Nation?

What Does Justice Scalia's Death Mean for Congress and the Nation?

Date: February 16, 2016
Creator: unknown
Description: This legal sidebar briefly provides an overview of the major implications of Justice Scalia's death for Congress. Justice Scalia's absence may alter the outcome of several cases of interest to Congress pending before the Court and could mark a seismic shift in many legal doctrines, depending on who is confirmed to fill the newly vacant seat on the Court. The job of confirming the President's nomination to fill the vacancy resides with the Senate, making Justice Scalia's death likely to have a profound impact in both the short and long term on Congress.
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Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2016

Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2016

Date: January 5, 2016
Creator: Carter, Nicole T.
Description: This report briefly discusses authorization legislation for the water resources activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in 2016, which the 114th Congress is anticipated to consider. These issues span the agency's role in new and existing navigation improvements, coastal and riverine flood risk reduction, and environmental restoration and protection efforts.
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