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The Unified Agenda: Implications for Rulemaking Transparency and Participation

Description: This report examines the Unified Agenda's issue and discusses options that Congress or the President can use to improve transparency and participation via the Unified Agenda or other means. The report also discusses Obama Administration's open government initiative, the rulemaking process, and the potential value of comments prior to the publication of a proposed rule.
Date: July 20, 2009
Creator: Copeland, Curtis W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Constitutional Issues Relating to Proposals for Legislation to Impose an Interest Rate Freeze/Reduction on Existing Mortgages

Description: This report presents an overview of Congress's authority to pass laws pertaining to mortgages, and reviews the Contract Clause, Takings Clause, and Substantive Due Process jurisprudence. However, the umber of likely successful claims and the overall potential liability of the federal government for those claims (and the litigation costs of unsuccessful claims) are not possible to assess, at least within the scope of this report.
Date: February 15, 2008
Creator: Carpenter, David H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Congressional Budget Process: A Brief Overview

Description: This report provides an overview of the congressional budget process with an accompanying flow chart, that are intended to describe in brief each of the parts of the budget process that involve the Congress, clarify the role played by each, and explain how they operate together.
Date: December 6, 2006
Creator: Saturno, James V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Civilian Patrols Along the Border: Legal and Policy Issues

Description: This report provides a history of civilian border patrol groups, with a focus on those groups operating along the southwest border, including most particularly, the "Minuteman Project". It also addresses some of the legal and policy issues that have surfaced from civilian activities at the border. The report concludes with an overview of legislative proposals introduced in the 109th Congress that addressed the issue of civilian border patrol groups.
Date: December 18, 2006
Creator: Vina, Stephen R. & Nnez-Neto, Blas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Considerations for a Catastrophic Declaration: Issues and Analysis

Description: This report examines concerns expressed by policymakers and experts that current Stafford Act declarations are inadequate to respond to, and recover from, highly destructive events, and presents the argument for and against amending the act to add a catastrophic declaration amendment. This report includes data analyses of past and potential disasters to determine what incidents might be deemed as catastrophic, and explores alternative policy options that might obviate the need for catastrophic declarations.
Date: July 6, 2015
Creator: Lindsay, Bruce R. & McCarthy, Francis X.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Congressional Statistics: Bills Introduced and Laws Enacted, 1947-2004

Description: This report is designed to fill the need for a simple tabulation of legislative workload. It provides the numbers of bills and joint resolutions introduced, and the numbers of public and private laws enacted, from the 80th Congress through the 108th Congress. This report contains historical data.
Date: January 13, 2005
Creator: Manning, Jennifer E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Congressional Salaries and Allowances

Description: This report provides basic information on congressional salaries and allowances. The report briefly summarizes the current salary of Members of Congress, limits on their outside earned income and honoraria, and applicable health insurance and retirement benefits. The report also provides information on allowances available to Representatives and Senators. Lastly, this report lists the salaries of congressional officers and officials and committee staff.
Date: August 30, 2007
Creator: Brudnick, Ida A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department