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

Description: This report discusses Bahrain's political and governmental structure, economy, regional policies, defense agreements with the U.S., and human rights concerns. The 2011 uprising against the royal family and its aftermath are also discussed.
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Commemorative Commissions: Overview, Structure, and Funding

Description: This report discusses commemorative commissions created by Congress to oversee a special event for a commemoration of an event or person. Using a dataset of all commemorative commissions created by statute since the 96th Congress (1979-1980), this report examines the content of typical legislative language used to create commemorative commissions and how commemorative commissions are funded. This report does not address noncommemorative congressional commissions, nor does it address commemorati… more
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Straus, Jacob R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Discretionary Spending Levels Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Description: This report discusses how the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 effected discretionary spending levels and provides statistics related to discretionary levels over the past few years.
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Driessen, Grant A. & Labonte, Marc
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Guide to Committee Activity Reports: Purpose, Rules, and Contents

Description: This report provides a discussion of the types of information that may be included in the activity reports, variations across reports and time, and the filing process. A table provides a comparison of the committee activity reports and other congressional publications, including the types of information found in each as well as their timeframe for coverage and publication.
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Brudnick, Ida A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Has the Economy Reached Full Employment? If So, Will It Stay There?

Description: This report considers the question of whether the U.S. has reached full employment (defined as the lowest level of unemployment that is sustainable for the economy without over-inflating wages) and provides statistical charts of the unemployment rate and labor force participation rates along with analysis of the data.
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Methane and Other Air Pollution Issues in Natural Gas Systems

Description: This report provides information on the natural gas industry and the types and sources of air pollutants in the sector. It examines the role of the federal government in regulating these emissions, including the provisions in the Clean Air Act and other statutes, and EPA's and other agencies' regulatory activities. It concludes with a brief discussion of a number of issues under debate.
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Lattanzio, Richard K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Resolving Legislative Differences in the Congress: Conference Committees and Amendments Between the Houses

Description: This report summarizes the procedures the two houses of Congress use most frequently to resolve their legislative differences. It is based upon an interpretation of the rules and published precedents of the House and Senate and an analysis of the application of these rules and precedents in recent practice.
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Tax Exempt Bonds: A Description of State and Local Government Debt

Description: This report provides information about state and local government debt. State and local governments issue debt instruments in exchange for the use of individuals' and businesses' savings. This debt obligates state and local governments to make interest payments for the use of these savings and to repay, at some time in the future, the amount borrowed. State and local governments may finance capital facilities with debt rather than out of current tax revenue to more closely align benefits and ta… more
Date: February 15, 2018
Creator: Driessen, Grant A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The DACA and DAPA Deferred Action Initiatives: Frequently Asked Questions

Description: This report provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiatives.
Date: February 15, 2017
Creator: Bruno, Andorra
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Sanctuary Jurisdictions: Congressional Action and President Trump's Interior Enforcement Executive Order

Description: This report discusses President Trump's executive order (EO) "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" issued on January 25, 2017, which seeks, among other things, to penalize "sanctuary jurisdictions." The term refers to states and localities that limit their cooperation with federal agencies on immigration law enforcement.
Date: February 15, 2017
Creator: Kandel, William A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects

Description: This report provides a brief history of the European Union (EU) and the major challenges currently confronting the EU as an institution. It also discusses the potential implications both for the EU itself and for U.S.-EU relations.
Date: February 15, 2016
Creator: Archick, Kristin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues for the 113th Congress

Description: This report provides an overview of U.S. policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, including the Obama Administration's priorities; examines changes in the region's economic and political environment that affect U.S. relations with the region; and analyzes U.S. policy toward the region and various recommendations made by policy analysts and think tanks. The report then examines the role of Congress and congressional interests in Latin America, looking at selected regional and country issue… more
Date: February 15, 2014
Creator: Sullivan, Mark P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments

Description: This report discusses the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear explosion and was in 1996 adopted by the U.N. General Assembly but rejected by the U.S. Senate in 1997. This report discusses the Obama Administration's stated goal of pursuing U.S. ratification of the CTBT, although the Administration has mainly focused on securing Senate consent to ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). This report also discusses other nuclear weapons-r… more
Date: February 15, 2013
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Exemptions for Firearms in Bankruptcy

Description: This report is categorized into three categories: (I) Federal Exemption Under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, (II) States' Exemption for Firearms and (III) Legislation Proposed in Earlier Congresses.
Date: February 15, 2013
Creator: Pettit, Carol A. & Platte, Vastine D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Pipeline Permitting: Interstate and Intrastate Natural Gas Permitting Processes Include Multiple Steps, and Time Frames Vary

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Both the interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline permitting processes are complex and can involve multiple federal, state, and local agencies, as well as public interest groups and citizens, and include multiple steps. The interstate process involves a voluntary pre-filing phase, an application phase, and a post-authorization phase with multiple steps that stakeholders reported to be consistent a… more
Date: February 15, 2013
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Recovery Act: Low-Cost, Highly Lambertian Reflector Composite For Improved LED Fixture Efficiency and Lifetime

Description: The overall objective of the program was to demonstrate a 98% or greater reflective, highly diffuse, low-cost composite material that significantly improves luminaire efficiency, is able to withstand 50,000 hours or greater luminaire operation under expected LED system thermal and environmental operating extremes and meets the cost targets required to be an effective commercial solution for the Solid State Lighting industry. This project met most of the goals defined and contributed to the unde… more
Date: February 15, 2013
Creator: Teather, Eric
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Social Security: The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)

Description: This report discusses the windfall elimination provision (WEP), which reduces the Social Security benefits of workers who also have pension benefits from employment not covered by Social Security. Its purpose is to remove an advantage or “windfall” these workers would otherwise receive as a result of the interaction between the Social Security benefit formula and the workers’ relatively short careers in Social Security-covered employment. Opponents contend the provision is basically imprecise a… more
Date: February 15, 2013
Creator: Scott, Christine
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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