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The Article V Convention to Propose Constitutional Amendments: Contemporary Issues for Congress

The Article V Convention to Propose Constitutional Amendments: Contemporary Issues for Congress

Date: April 11, 2014
Creator: Neale, Thomas H.
Description: This report looks at how Article V of the Constitution allows Congress to propose amendments -- specifically the process of organizing an Article V Convention, a method that has never been used and which is only briefly outlined in the Constitution.
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Housing Issues in the 113th Congress

Housing Issues in the 113th Congress

Date: unknown
Creator: Jones, Katie; Carpenter, David H.; Hoskins, Sean M.; Keightley, Mark P.; McCarty, Maggie & Weiss, N. Eric
Description: This report begins by providing an overview of the current state of housing markets (both homeownership and rental) and the mortgage market in order to provide context for the policy issues that have been active during the 113th Congress. It then provides a brief description of issues that the 113th Congress has been considering. These issues are broadly divided into two categories: issues related to homeownership and housing finance, and issues related to housing assistance for low-income households
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Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables

Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables

Date: June 17, 2014
Creator: Brudnick, Ida A.
Description: The report contains information on congressional pay procedure and recent adjustments. It includes historical information on pay rates since 1789; the adjustments projected by the Ethics Reform Act as compared to actual adjustments in Member pay; details on past legislation enacted with language prohibiting the annual pay adjustment; and Member pay in constant and current dollars since 1992.
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Receipt of Unemployment Insurance by Higher-Income Unemployed Workers ("Millionaires")

Receipt of Unemployment Insurance by Higher-Income Unemployed Workers ("Millionaires")

Date: June 11, 2014
Creator: Isaacs, Katelin P. & Whittaker, Julie M.
Description: This report addresses many of the questions that have arisen regarding proposals to restrict unemployment benefits for the wealthy, including the potential number of people who would be affected and the potential savings to federal and state governments.
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Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

Date: June 11, 2014
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report discusses the current state of Bahrain, which has undergone substantial political reforms since the late 1990s, but which still suffers from tension between the Shiite majority and the Sunni-led government. It focuses particularly on Bahrain's relationship with Iran and with the United States.
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El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations

El Salvador: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: June 23, 2014
Creator: Seelke, Clare Ribando
Description: This report examines current conditions in El Salvador as well as issues in U.S.-Salvadoran relations.
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U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues

U.S.-Taiwan Relationship: Overview of Policy Issues

Date: April 22, 2014
Creator: Kan, Shirley A. & Morrison, Wayne M.
Description: This report is a succinct overview of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship including an analysis of issues. For decades, Taiwan has been of significant security, economic, and political interest to the United States. While the United States does not diplomatically recognize Taiwan, it is a significant autonomous actor in the world.
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U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends and FY2015 Appropriations

U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends and FY2015 Appropriations

Date: June 3, 2014
Creator: Meyer, Peter J.
Description: This report provides an overview of U.S. assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean. It examines historical and recent trends in aid to the region as well as the Obama Administration's FY2015 request for State Department and U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)-administered assistance. It also tracks congressional action on foreign aid appropriations for Latin America and the Caribbean in FY2015, and raises questions Congress may consider as it appropriates funding for the region.
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Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview

Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview

Date: June 23, 2014
Creator: Seghetti, Lisa; Siskin, Alison & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report discusses the immigration problem regarding the number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) arriving in the United States borders. The report discusses the scope of the problem, current policy challenges, and the processing and treatment of the UAC apprehended.
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Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations

Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations

Date: June 19, 2014
Creator: Chanlett-Avery, Emma & Dolven, Ben
Description: This report looks at the relationship between the U.S. and Thailand, in particular, recent rivalries between populist political forces, nepotism in government, and Thai relationships with neighboring countries.
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