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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2001
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
America's Growing Current Account Deficit: Its Cause and What It Means for the Economy

America's Growing Current Account Deficit: Its Cause and What It Means for the Economy

Date: April 19, 2001
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Description: This report discusses the reasons for the U.S. current account deficit, popularly known as the trade deficit, and which is on the rise.
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Amtrak: Overview and Options

Amtrak: Overview and Options

Date: January 25, 2001
Creator: Peterman, David Randall
Description: This report discusses Amtrak, an intercity railway transit system that being operatios in 1971. Amtrak receives considerable criticism for its inability to make a profit. The central policy issue, which this report addresses, is the following: Given that a national system of passenger rail service appears to be inherently unprofitable, as is the case for other public services, do we as a Nation wish to preserve our system or to liquidate it?
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American National Government: An Overview

American National Government: An Overview

Date: January 22, 2001
Creator: Kaiser, Frederick M
Description: Power in American national government is decentralized, divided, dispersed, and limited. This distribution of power derives in part from the Constitution, through limitations imposed on the government, the system of checks and balances among the three branches, and independent bases of support and authority for each branch. This report, which examines these elements, will be updated as developments require.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Statutory Language and Recent Issues

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Statutory Language and Recent Issues

Date: December 13, 2001
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Description: This report summarizes the major provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and also discusses selected recent issues, including ten ADA Supreme Court cases.
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Abortion: Termination of Early Pregnancy with RU-486 (Mifepristone)

Abortion: Termination of Early Pregnancy with RU-486 (Mifepristone)

Date: February 23, 2001
Creator: Johnson, Judith A.
Description: On September 28, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug mifepristone, also known as RU-486, for the termination of early pregnancy. Because RU-486 is an abortion agent, the process of moving it out of the lab and into mainstream medicine has been fraught with controversy. Since its discovery, the pro-life movement has been adamantly against the use of this drug for abortion. This report discusses the procedure of obtaining and using the drug, as well as the ongoing debate regarding its usage and related legislation.
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Across-the-Board Tax Cuts: Economic Issues

Across-the-Board Tax Cuts: Economic Issues

Date: September 24, 2001
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G.
Description: This report examines economic issues relating to across-the-board tax cuts, focusing primarily on distributional issues. The report is divided into four sections. The first section provides a general overview of the tax system. The next discusses recent proposals relating to across-the-board tax cuts. The third section discusses methods of evaluating alternative types of across-the-board tax cuts. The final section briefly discusses issues of efficiency, simplicity, and stabilization policy.
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Across-the-Board Tax Cuts: Economic Issues

Across-the-Board Tax Cuts: Economic Issues

Date: March 30, 2001
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G.
Description: This report examines economic issues relating to across-the-board tax cuts, focusing primarily on distributional issues. The report is divided into four sections. The first section provides a general overview of the tax system. The next discusses recent proposals relating to across-the-board tax cuts. The third section discusses methods of evaluating alternative types of across-the-board tax cuts. The final section briefly discusses issues of efficiency, simplicity, and stabilization policy.
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Air Force Transformation: Background and Issues for Congress

Air Force Transformation: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: March 27, 2001
Creator: Bolkcom, Christopher
Description: Many believe that the Department of Defense (DoD) — including the Air Force — must transform itself to ensure future U.S. military dominance. The Air Force has a transformation plan that includes advanced technologies, concept development, and organizational innovation. Issues for Congress include the efficacy of this plan, its feasibility, and the attendant costs.
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Air Quality and Electricity: Initiatives to Increase Pollution Controls

Air Quality and Electricity: Initiatives to Increase Pollution Controls

Date: March 29, 2001
Creator: Parker, Larry
Description: This report discusses air quality initiatives (such as the Ozone Transport Rule) that primarily focus on reducing and enforcing emissions from coal-fired electric generating utilities in the Midwest and South.
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Airborne Electronic Warfare: Issues for the 107th Congress

Airborne Electronic Warfare: Issues for the 107th Congress

Date: February 9, 2001
Creator: Bolkcom, Christopher
Description: This report discusses electronic warfare (EW) as an effective technique for increasing aircraft and aircrew survivability in hostile environments, which in turn improves the overall effectiveness of the air campaign.
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