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Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills: FY1970-FY2015

Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills: FY1970-FY2015

Date: March 10, 2015
Creator: DeBruyne, Nese F.
Description: This report is a research aid which lists the Department of Defense authorization bills and appropriations bills for FY1970-FY2015. This report includes all the pertinent information on the passage of these bills through the legislative process: bill numbers, report numbers, dates reported and passed, recorded vote numbers and vote tallies, dates of passage of the conference reports with their numbers and votes, vetoes, substitutions, dates of final passage, and public law numbers.
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Federal Employees' Retirement System: The Role of the Thrift Savings Plan

Federal Employees' Retirement System: The Role of the Thrift Savings Plan

Date: March 10, 2015
Creator: Isaacs, Katelin P.
Description: This report discusses the two retirement systems available to federal employees. The Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) was established in 1920 and covers only employees hired before 1984. The Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS) was created to involve Social Security, a basic retirement annuity, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP is discussed and illustrated.
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Nigeria's Boko Haram and the Islamic State

Nigeria's Boko Haram and the Islamic State

Date: March 10, 2015
Creator: Ploch Blanchard, Lauren
Description: This report discusses the Nigerian Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, and their statement pledging loyalty to the leader of the Syria/Iraq-based Islamic State (IS/ISIL) organization and the implication for U.S. foreign policy and national security.
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The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Background and Overview

The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Background and Overview

Date: March 10, 2015
Creator: Coleman, Kevin J.
Description: This report provides background information on the historical circumstances that led to the adoption of the VRA, a summary of its major provisions, and a brief discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court decision and related legislation in the 113th and 114th Congresses. Two identical bills--H.R. 3899 and S. 1945--were introduced in the 113th Congress that would have amended the VRA to add a new coverage formula, among other provisions.
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Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A.
Description: This report discusses the continued debate amongst congressional policymakers regarding telecommunications reform. A major point of the ongoing discussion is whether action is needed to ensure unfettered access to the Internet.
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China-U.S. Trade Issues

China-U.S. Trade Issues

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Morrison, Wayne M.
Description: This report provides an overview of U.S.-China commercial relations, including major trade disputes.
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Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Coast Guard's programs for procuring 8 National Security Cutters (NSCs), 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs), and 58 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs).
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Congressional Action on FY2015 Appropriations Measures

Congressional Action on FY2015 Appropriations Measures

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Tollestrup, Jessica
Description: This report provides information on the budget enforcement framework for the consideration of FY2015 appropriations measures, the status of the FY2015 regular appropriations bills as of the beginning of the fiscal year, and the enactment of FY2015 continuing appropriations.
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The Debt Limit Since 2011

The Debt Limit Since 2011

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Austin, D. A.
Description: This report discusses the federal debt increase. The accumulation of federal debt accelerated in the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession.
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Guide to Individuals Seated on the Senate Dais

Guide to Individuals Seated on the Senate Dais

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report is a brief summary of House and Senate procedures for reaching agreement on legislation. It discusses the provisions of House Rule XXII and Senate Rule XXVIII as well as other applicable rules, precedents, and practices. The report focuses on the most common and customary procedures.
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