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A Parliamentary-Style Question Period: Proposals and Issues for Congress

Categories: Congress,Presidency

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL34599_20090305.pdf

Examines the arguments for and against introducing a question period where the president and his chief cabinet officers would go before Congress to answer questions and engage in debate. This report also surveys how question periods are conducted in Great Britain and other parliamentary democracies, and outlines some legislative considerations for policymakers considering a question period for Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

The Potential Role of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant in the Recessio

Categories: Business/Economics,Children,Financial Crisis/Markets,Marriage/Family,Welfare/Social Services

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/R40157_20090414.pdf

Argues that the current recession will be the first real test of how policies put in place in the mid-1990s affect the well-being of families with children during a period of high unemployment. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides states with funds to rethink the safety net for disadvantaged families. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.