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Country-of-Origin Labeling for Foods and the WTO Trade Dispute on Meat Labeling

Country-of-Origin Labeling for Foods and the WTO Trade Dispute on Meat Labeling

Date: September 16, 2013
Creator: Jurenas, Remy & Greene, Joel L.
Description: This report covers the dispute between the U.S with its neighbors Canada and Mexico, who say that the recent country-of-origin labeling (COOL) system implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is unfair and does not meet its original objectives. This dispute was brought before the WTO dispute panel and found to be valid. The report ends with a discussion of options for the U.S. in regards to modifying COOL to follow WTO rulings.
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Expiration and Extension of the 2008 Farm Bill

Expiration and Extension of the 2008 Farm Bill

Date: September 16, 2013
Creator: Monke, Jim; Aussenberg, Randy Alison & Stubbs, Megan
Description: This report discusses the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill for 2013, and provides background information on extension and expiration of this bill.
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Synthetic Drugs: Overview and Issues for Congress

Synthetic Drugs: Overview and Issues for Congress

Date: September 16, 2013
Creator: Sacco, Lisa N. & Finklea, Kristin M.
Description: This report discusses the federal scheduling of controlled substances, including the temporary scheduling of substances. It also provides an overview of current trends in selected synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants. It concludes with a review of relevant legislation as well as possible issues policymakers might consider.
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Syria: Overview of the Humanitarian Response

Syria: Overview of the Humanitarian Response

Date: September 16, 2013
Creator: Margesson, Rhoda & Chesser, Susan G.
Description: This report examines the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and the U.S. and international response. The report discusses the use of chemical weapons in Syria on August 21, 2013, that triggered an intense debate over possible U.S. military intervention.
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The DHS S&T Directorate: Selected Issues for Congress

The DHS S&T Directorate: Selected Issues for Congress

Date: September 17, 2013
Creator: Shea, Dana A.
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate's mission, organization, and budgetary structure; a discussion of selected critiques of the S&T Directorate; and an analysis of selected issues facing congressional policymakers.
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Federal Permitting and Oversight of Export of Fossil Fuels

Federal Permitting and Oversight of Export of Fossil Fuels

Date: September 17, 2013
Creator: Vann, Adam; Shedd, Daniel T. & Murrill, Brandon J.
Description: This report reviews federal laws and the regulatory regime governing the export of natural gas, crude oil, and coal.
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Rare Earth Elements in National Defense: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

Rare Earth Elements in National Defense: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

Date: September 17, 2013
Creator: Grasso, Valerie Bailey
Description: This report covers concerns that Congress has expressed over U.S. acquisition of rare earth elements, particularly those used in various components of defense weapon systems. Specific concerns are the acquisition of these elements, especially from foreign sources such as China; how dependence of foreign sources affects national security; and methods for decreasing the relationship between reliance on foreign sources and national security.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Categorical Eligibility

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Categorical Eligibility

Date: September 17, 2013
Creator: Falk, Gene & Aussenberg, Randy Alison
Description: This report discusses categorical eligibility and some of the issues raised by it. It first describes the three different types of categorical eligibility: traditional categorical eligibility conveyed through receipt of need-based cash assistance, and the newer "narrow" and "broad-based" categorical eligibilities conveyed via TANF "noncash" benefits. It also provides recent information on current state practices with regard to categorical eligibility. Finally, the report discusses proposals to restrict categorical eligibility.
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U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities, Uncertain Outcomes

U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities, Uncertain Outcomes

Date: September 17, 2013
Creator: Ratner, Michael; Parfomak, Paul W.; Fergusson, Ian F. & Luther, Linda
Description: This report examines what has changed in the U.S. natural gas market and the prospects and implications of the United States becoming a significant net natural gas exporter.
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Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits

Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits

Date: September 17, 2013
Creator: Whittaker, Julie M. & Isaacs, Katelin P.
Description: This report describes three kinds of unemployment benefit programs: regular Unemployment Compensation (UC), Extended Benefits (EB), and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) . The report explains their basic eligibility requirements, benefits, and financing structure.
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