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Cuba: Issues for the 111th Congress

Cuba: Issues for the 111th Congress

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Description: This report tracks developments in U.S. policy toward Cuba and legislative initiatives in the 111th Congress.
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Defense: FY2009 Authorization and Appropriations

Defense: FY2009 Authorization and Appropriations

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Towell, Pat; Daggett, Stephen & Belasco, Amy
Description: This report discusses issues related to defense funding in the wake of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, generally referred to as the "economic stimulus" bill. The President's FY2009 budget request, released February 4, 2008, included $611.1 billion in new budget authority for national defense.
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The Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 11th Congress: Conflicting Values and Difficult Choices

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 11th Congress: Conflicting Values and Difficult Choices

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Buck, Eugene H.; Corn, M. L.; Sheikh, Pervaze A.; Meltz, Robert & Alexander, Kristina
Description: This report discusses U.S. policy toward global climate change, which evolved from a "study only" to a more "study and action" orientation in 1992 with ratification of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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Expedited Citizenship Through Military Service: Current Law, Policy, and Issues

Expedited Citizenship Through Military Service: Current Law, Policy, and Issues

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Lee, Margaret Mikyung & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report gives an overview of the history of naturalization based on military service, discusses current law and policy, analyzes data on noncitizens in the military today and prior to the enactment of P.L. 108- 136, and discusses current legislative proposals and related issues.
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The FHA Modernization Act of 2008

The FHA Modernization Act of 2008

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Foote, Bruce E.
Description: This report discusses the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Manufactured Housing Loan Modernization Act of 2008, which makes several amendments to the FHA program that insures loans on manufactured housing loan program under Title I of the National Housing.
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Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2009 Appropriations

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: FY2009 Appropriations

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Else, Daniel H.; Scott, Christine & Viranga Panangala, Sidath
Description: This report examines various aspects of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), otherwise known as the "economic stimulus," passed by both chambers and enacted by President Barak Obama on February 17, 2009.
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Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Homeporting at Mayport: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Homeporting at Mayport: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Navy's proposal to homeport a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) at Mayport, Florida. Transferring a CVN from Norfolk, Virginia, to Mayport would also shift the local economic activity associated with homeporting a CVN, which some sources estimate as being worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
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Small Business Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Small Business Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Weiss, N. E. & Gonzales, Oscar R.
Description: This report provides an overview of key provisions related to the Small Business Administration (SBA), based on appropriations in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, P.L. 111-5).
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Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: McCarthy, James E.
Description: This report provides information regarding pollution from ships and port facilities; discusses some of the measures being implemented and considered by local, state, and federal regulatory agencies; discusses the efforts to ratify and to strengthen Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL); and describes legislation in Congress to control emissions from ships by amending the Clean Air Act (CAA).
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Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: McCarthy, James E.
Description: This report provides information regarding pollution from ships and port facilities; discusses some of the measures being implemented and considered by local, state, and federal regulatory agencies; discusses the efforts to ratify and to strengthen Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL); and describes legislation in Congress to control emissions from ships by amending the Clean Air Act (CAA).
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Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

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

Date: February 24, 2009
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. This report focuses particularly on Bahrain's relationship with Iran and Bahrain's relationship with the United States.
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Detection of Nuclear Weapons and Materials: Science, Technologies, Observations

Detection of Nuclear Weapons and Materials: Science, Technologies, Observations

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: Nuclear weapons contain special nuclear material (SNM), which produces unique or suspect signatures that can be detected. This report seeks to help Congress understand this technology. It discusses the science of detecting nuclear weapons and materials, describes nine advanced U.S. technologies selected to illustrate the range of projects in the pipeline, and offers observations for Congress. The report does not compare technologies.
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FDA Regulation of Follow-On Biologics

FDA Regulation of Follow-On Biologics

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Johnson, Judith A.
Description: This report provides a brief introduction to the relevant law regarding follow-on biologics, the regulatory framework at the FDA, the scientific challenges for the FDA in considering the approval of follow-on biologics, and a description of the proposed legislation.
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Foreign Investor Visas: Policies and Issues

Foreign Investor Visas: Policies and Issues

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Haddal, Chad C.
Description: This report provides a brief legislative background, discussions of immigrant and nonimmigrant investor's visas, a comparison of U.S. and Canadian immigrant investor programs, an analysis of the relationship between investment and migration, and finally a review of current issues.
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Intelligence Authorization Legislation: Status and Challenges

Intelligence Authorization Legislation: Status and Challenges

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Best, Richard A., Jr.
Description: This report assesses the effects of the absence of intelligence authorization legislation since FY2005. Since FY2005, no annual intelligence authorization bill has been enacted. Although the National Security Act requires intelligence activities to be specifically authorized, this requirement has been satisfied in recent years by one-sentence catch-all provisions in defense appropriations acts authorizing intelligence activities.
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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminals: Siting, Safety, and Regulation

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminals: Siting, Safety, and Regulation

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W. & Vann, Adam
Description: This report provides an overview of recent industry development of new LNG import terminals. The report summarizes LNG hazards and the industry's safety record. It discusses federal laws and regulations related to LNG terminal siting with a focus on the authorities of key federal agencies and safety provisions in the permitting of onshore facilities.
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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminals: Siting, Safety, and Regulation

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminals: Siting, Safety, and Regulation

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W. & Vann, Adam
Description: This report provides an overview of recent industry proposals for new LNG import terminals. The report summarizes LNG hazards and the industry's safety record. It discusses federal laws and regulations related to LNG terminal siting with a focus on the authorities of key federal agencies and safety provisions in the permitting of onshore facilities.
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North Korean Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States

North Korean Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A.
Description: This report briefly reviews North Korea's ballistic missile program. In summer 2007, North Korea tested modern, short-range missiles. In February 2009, South Korea reported the DPRK had deployed a new intermediate-range missile.
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The Potential Role of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant in the Recession

The Potential Role of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant in the Recession

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Falk, Gene
Description: This report discusses the potential role that the block grant to states of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may play in mitigating the effects of the recession for poor families with children. It discusses the recession and the economic insecurity of disadvantaged families, the TANF block grand and potential role in the recession, as well as legislative issues.
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Who Regulates Whom? An Overview of U.S. Financial Supervision

Who Regulates Whom? An Overview of U.S. Financial Supervision

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Jickling, Mark & Murphy, Edward V.
Description: This report provides an overview of current U.S. financial regulation: which agencies are responsible for which institutions and markets, and what kinds of authority they have. Federal financial regulation in the United States has evolved through a series of piecemeal responses to developments and crises in the markets.
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Agriculture, Nutrition, and Rural Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Rural Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

Date: February 23, 2009
Creator: Monke, Jim; Richardson, Joe; Stubbs, Megan; Cowan, Tadlock; Chite, Ralph M.; Becker, Geoffrey S. et al.
Description: This report analyzes the agriculture, nutrition, and rural provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, P.L. 111-5). The ARRA boosts government spending on various infrastructure programs and government benefits programs, and offers individual and business tax benefits.
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Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Date: February 23, 2009
Creator: Folger, Peter
Description: This report covers carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), but not other types of carbon sequestration activities whereby CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and stored in vegetation, soils, or oceans. Forests and agricultural lands store carbon, and the world's oceans exchange huge amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere through natural processes.
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Carbon Tax and Greenhouse Gas Control: Options and Considerations for Congress

Carbon Tax and Greenhouse Gas Control: Options and Considerations for Congress

Date: February 23, 2009
Creator: Ramseur, Jonathan L. & Parker, Larry
Description: This report provides an overview of the fundamental choices involved between a cost (tax) and a quantity (cap) control instrument, including a discussion of policy tools that could be employed to bridge the gap between a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade program. It also analyzes the potential advantages and disadvantages of a carbon tax, discusses implementation issues for a carbon tax -- including where to apply the tax, at what level to set the tax, and options for distributing the tax revenues-- and provides conclusions.
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Climate Change: Science Highlights

Climate Change: Science Highlights

Date: February 23, 2009
Creator: Leggett, Jane A.
Description: This report summarizes highlights of scientific research and assessments related to human-induced climate change.
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