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Brief Preliminary Distributional Analysis of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”

“The Tax Policy Center has produced preliminary distributional estimates of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as introduced on November 3, 2017. We find the legislation would reduce taxes on average for all income groups in 2018 and 2027. The largest cuts, in dollars and as a percentage of after-tax income, would accrue to higher-income… Continue Reading

EFF – Here’s How Congress Should Respond to the Equifax Breach

“There is very little doubt that Equifax’s negligent security practices were a major contributing factor in the massive breach of 145.5-million Americans’ most sensitive information. In the wake of the breach, EFF has spent a lot of time thinking through how to ensure that such a catastrophic breach doesn’t happen again and, just as importantly,… Continue Reading

GPO and LC release digitized version of Congressional Record 1891-1911

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1891-1911 on GPO’s govinfo (https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/crecb_gpo/_crecb). This release covers the debates and proceedings of the 52nd through the 61st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The final two years… Continue Reading

Some “Acting” Officials in the Federal Government Will Authority

Steve Aftergood – Secrecy News, November 6, 2017: “Some government officials who are serving on an “acting” basis because a permanent replacement has not yet been named will lose their ability to function this month when their legal authority is nullified under the terms of the Vacancies Act. In the Trump Administration there are hundreds… Continue Reading

HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017

115th Congress 1st Session, H.R. 1 [released on November 2, 2017] PDF 429 pages Section-by-section summary House GOP outline JCX-46-17 (November 02, 2017) Estimated Revenue Effects Of H.R. 1, The “Tax Cuts And Jobs Act,” Scheduled For Markup By The Committee On Ways And Means On November 6, 2017 Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget… Continue Reading

Wharton – How a Lower 401(k) Cap Could Cause More Harm Than Good

[email protected] – “The Republican tax overhaul is a plan in search of revenue – and one solution that appears to be under consideration for covering the proposed cuts is lowering the cap on pre-tax contributions to 401(k) retirement savings plans. More than 62 million Americans have put money into 401(k) retirement plans, according to The… Continue Reading

Study: GOP tax plan would cost $2.4 trillion

The Hill – GOP tax plan will explode deficit: “The Republican tax plan expected to be released this week will explode the deficit, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School released Monday. The study, which relies on the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), found that the deficit would increase by $1 trillion… Continue Reading

Non partisan resources on tax code reform for researchers

Committee for a Responsible Budget: “Efforts to reform the tax code are underway, and they will pick up further this fall when the legislative process formally begins. CRFB has published several resources on recent tax reform plans, policies that may be included, gimmicks lawmakers may use, the status of the current tax code, and other… Continue Reading

Writing the Law: Developing the ‘Citizen Lawyer’ Identity Through Legislative, Statutory, and Rule Drafting Courses

Schiavone, Ann L, Writing the Law: Developing the ‘Citizen Lawyer’ Identity Through Legislative, Statutory, and Rule Drafting Courses (2017). Duquesne Law Review, Vol. 55, No.1, 2017; Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper Series 2017-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3041371 “At the time of the American Founding, Thomas Jefferson, among others, viewed lawyers as the class… Continue Reading

The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection – NARA

“The National Archives today released 2,891 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act). These records are available for download online. The President has also ordered that all remaining records governed by section 5 of the… Continue Reading

Signing Statements and Presidentializing Legislative History

Signing Statements and Presidentializing Legislative History. John M. de Figueiredo, Edward H. Stiglitz. NBER Working Paper No. 23951. Issued in October 2017. “Presidents often attach statements to the bills they sign into law, purporting to celebrate, construe, or object to provisions in the statute. Though long a feature of U.S. lawmaking, the President has avowedly… Continue Reading

Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act

The Register: “Two members of the US House of Representatives today introduced a law bill that would allow hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) [PDF] amends the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make limited retaliatory strikes against cyber-miscreants legal in America… Continue Reading