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CRS – Executive Branch Reorganization

Executive Branch Reorganization, August 3, 2017 R44909 “The federal bureaucracy of the present day is the product of more than two centuries of legislative and administrative actions by successive generations of elected and appointed officials. As such, the diverse organizations and processes of the federal government are a consequence of the influence and decisions of… Continue Reading

EPIC Urges Congress To Hold Equifax Accountable, Update Data Protection Law

“EPIC has sent statements to Congress ahead of hearings in the House and Senate on the Equifax data breach. EPIC underscored the risk to American consumers of data breaches which are increasingly severe. EPIC urged Congress to require prompt data breach notification, data minimization, and privacy enhancing techniques. In 2011 EPIC testified in the House… Continue Reading

How the House and Senate Budgets Stack Up

Committee for Responsible Federal Budget – How the House and Senate Budgets Stack Up: With the release of the Senate budget resolution, we now have the two Congressional budgets that will set up the budget process for the rest of the fiscal year. There are many similarities between the two budgets but also key differences… Continue Reading

Corporate Tax Reform: Issues for Congress

CRS report via FAS – Corporate Tax Reform: Issues for Congress, Jane G. Gravelle, Senior Specialist in Economic Policy. September 22, 2017. “Interest in corporate tax reform that lowers the rate and broadens the base has developed in the past several years. Some discussions by economists in opinion pieces have suggested there is an urgent… Continue Reading

Overview of the Federal Government’s Power to Exclude Aliens

CRS report via FAS – Overview of the Federal Government’s Power to Exclude Aliens, Ben Harrington, Legislative Attorney. September 27, 2017. “The Supreme Court has determined that inherent principles of sovereignty give Congress“ plenary power” to regulate immigration. The core of this power—the part that has proven most impervious to judicial review—is the authority to… Continue Reading

U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress

Via FAS – CRS report – U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress, September 19, 2017. “The overall U.S. role in the world since the end of World War II in 1945 (i.e., over the past 70 years) is generally described as one of global leadership and significant engagement in international affairs.… Continue Reading

GOP 9 page tax plan framework and corporate impact

Axios – “Here’s a [copy of the] summary of the plan that’s being released today, obtained by Axios from outside sources. More details to come.” Axios – What you need to know about the GOP tax plan – “While it includes some key policies — like the elimination of the deduction for state and local… Continue Reading

GPO and LC release digital Congressional Record 1921-1930

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1921-1930 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers the debates and proceedings of the 67th through the 71st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The final two years of… Continue Reading

Hearing: Transforming GPO for 21st Century and Beyond: FDLP

COMMITTEE HEARING – Tuesday, September 26, 2017. 10:15 a.m. 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond: Part 3 – Federal Depository Library Program VIDEO of the Hearing is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I43nulqEf-E First Panel • Ms. Laurie Hall, Acting Superintendent of Documents, Government Publishing Office Second Panel • Mr. Mike… Continue Reading

Preliminary Analysis of Legislation That Would Replace Subsidies for Health Care With Block Grants

As posted on Senator Bill Cassidy’s website on September 25, 2017. “At the request of the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have analyzed the direct spending and revenue effects of legislation sponsored by Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson that would… Continue Reading

Highly ideological members of Congress have more FB followers than moderates do

Pew: “The most liberal and conservative members of the 115th Congress have attracted more Facebook followers than moderates, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis [See full methodology here (PDF).]. In both legislative chambers, members’ ideology is a strong predictor of the number of people who follow them on Facebook. The most liberal and… Continue Reading

CBO’s Projections of Federal Receipts and Expenditures in the National Income and Product Accounts

“The fiscal transactions of the federal government are recorded in two major sets of accounts that are conceptually quite different. One set is The Budget of the United States Government, prepared by the Office of Management and Budget. The budget is the framework generally used by executive branch agencies and the Congress and is the… Continue Reading