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The Budget Control Act: Frequently Asked Questions

Description: This report addresses several frequently-asked questions related to the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) and the annual budget.
Date: June 22, 2017
Creator: Driessen, Grant A. & Lynch, Megan S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cross-Border Energy Trade in North America: Present and Potential

Description: This report provides an overview of the United States' energy trade with Canada and Mexico. For the principal energy commodities, it summarizes estimates of the resource potential for the three countries, recent energy production, and expectations for future production.
Date: January 24, 2017
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W.; Campbell, Richard J. & Pirog, Robert
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2017 Appropriations

Description: This report provides an overview of Veterans Affairs (VA) appropriations. The VA provides a range of benefits and services to veterans and eligible dependents who meet certain criteria as authorized by law.
Date: May 23, 2017
Creator: Viranga Panangala, Sidath
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Biennial Budgeting: Issues, Options, and Congressional Actions

Description: This report discusses biennial budgeting, which includes several variations. It may involve multiyear authorizations, two-year budget resolutions, two-year appropriations, or some combination of the three.
Date: January 10, 2017
Creator: Saturno, James V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

FY2018 Defense Budget Request: The Basics

Description: This report discusses the federal budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018 released by the Trump Administration on May 23, 2017.
Date: June 9, 2017
Creator: Williams, Lynn M. & Towell, Pat
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mexican-U.S. Relations: Increased Tensions

Description: This report describes the increased tensions in Mexican-U.S. relations after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled an upcoming meeting with President Donald J. Trump following exchanges between the two leaders over social media concerning U.S. policies toward Mexico.
Date: February 1, 2017
Creator: Ribando Seelke, Clare & Villarreal, M. A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sponsorship and Cosponsorship of House Bills

Description: This report briefly discusses the processes of sponsoring, cosponsoring, and gaining cosponsors for bills in the House of Representatives.
Date: January 12, 2017
Creator: Oleszek, Mark J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Iran's Foreign and Defense Policies

Description: This report discusses Iran's national security policy. Some experts forecast that Iran's foreign and defense policies might shift after international sanctions were eased in January 2016 in accordance with the July 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA).
Date: June 15, 2017
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dakota Access Pipeline: Siting Controversy

Description: This report discusses the Dakota Access Pipeline including background on the project and information about siting approval, as well as opposition and litigation against the pipeline.
Date: June 15, 2017
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Protection of Classified Information: The Legal Framework

Description: This report provides an overview of the relationship between executive and legislative authority over national security information, and summarizes the current laws that form the legal framework protecting classified information -- including current executive orders and some agency regulations pertaining to the handling of unauthorized disclosures of classified information by government officers and employees. The report also summarizes criminal laws that pertain specifically to the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, as well as civil and administrative penalties, and some recent developments.
Date: May 18, 2017
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

What is the Proposed U.S.-EU Insurance Covered Agreement?

Description: This report discusses the first insurance covered agreement between the United States and European Union (EU) that concluded on January 13, 2017.
Date: June 9, 2017
Creator: Webel, Baird & Fefer, Rachel F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Barriers Along the U.S. Borders: Key Authorities and Requirements

Description: This report discusses key statutory authorities and requirements governing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) construction of barriers along the U.S. borders. It also includes appendixes listing federal laws that have been waived by DHS in furtherance of border construction projects.
Date: January 27, 2017
Creator: Garcia, Michael J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Legislative Actions to Repeal, Defund, or Delay the Affordable Care Act

Description: This report a brief overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and discusses the legislative process known as budget reconciliation in an effort to repeal parts of the ACA.
Date: January 9, 2017
Creator: Redhead, C. S. & Kinzer, Janet
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S.-South Korea Relations

Description: This report contains two main parts: a section describing recent events and a longer background section on key elements of the U.S.-South Korea relationship. It also provides a list of CRS products on South Korea and North Korea. The report identifies South Korean individuals by using their last name first.
Date: May 23, 2017
Creator: Manyin, Mark E.; Chanlett-Avery, Emma; Nikitin, Mary Beth D.; Williams, Brock R. & Corrado, Jonathan R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report discusses the Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) aircraft, which may shift training from Field Training Units, where expensive fifth-generation aircraft are used, to less expensive trainer aircraft.
Date: March 31, 2017
Creator: Coral, Ceir
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Systemically Important or "Too Big to Fail" Financial Institutions

Description: This report discusses the economic issues raised by "too big to fail" (TBTF) financial firms including broad policy options and policy changes made by the relevant Dodd-Frank provisions.
Date: January 4, 2017
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Inauguration Security: Operations, Appropriations, and Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides information on inauguration security operations and inauguration security appropriations. It also discusses potential policy issues including some past inauguration security operations criticisms and inauguration security operation appropriations.
Date: January 11, 2017
Creator: Reese, Shawn; Straus, Jacob R. & Bailey, Christina M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Description: This report provides an overview of North American trade liberalization before NAFTA, an overview of NAFTA provisions, the economic effects of NAFTA, and policy considerations.
Date: unknown
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles & Fergusson, Ian F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

United Kingdom Election Result

Description: This report discusses the United Kingdom's (UK's) election of June 8, 2017, which resulted in a hung parliament, an outcome in which no single party won a majority of seats in the 650-seat House of Commons.
Date: June 14, 2017
Creator: Mix, Derek E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tanzania: Current Issues and U.S. Policy

Description: This report discusses the current political climate in Tanzania, an important U.S. ally in Africa. It also provides some general background information.
Date: June 7, 2017
Creator: Cook, Nicolas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department