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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Filibusters and Cloture in the Senate

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30360.pdf

Reviews the rules of the Senate which make filibusters and other obstructive tactics possible, how cloture can be used to choke off filibusters, and how the threat of filibusters can lead to compromises and other effects, both desirable and undesirable. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Fruits, Vegetables, and Other Specialty Crops: Selected Federal Programs

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation

http://nationalaglawcenter.org/assets/crs/R42771.pdf

Discusses federal programs of assistance to farmers and how specialty crop producers are ineligible for federal commodity price and income support programs.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Center

 

Tax Provisions to Assist with Disaster Recovery

Categories: Taxes,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42839.pdf

Provides a basic overview of existing, permanent tax provisions that benefit victims of disasters, as well as past legislative responses to particular disasters as Congress considers Hurricane Sandy relief measures.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Economic Recovery: Sustaining U.S. Economic Growth in a Post-Crisis Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41332.pdf

Discusses the severity of the 2008-2009 recession and the shape of the economic recovery.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Addressing the Long-Run Budget Deficit: A Comparison of Approaches

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41970.pdf

Discusses the bleak options for deficit reduction unless entitlement spending is reduced and taxes are increased.  Also discusses possible effects on state governments if federal government reduced the revenue it currently sends to states.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The U.S. Income Distribution and Mobility: Trends and International Comparisons

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42400.pdf

Finds that the U.S. income distribution is among the most unequal in all major industrialized countries and that the U.S. is experiencing the greatest increases in measures of income dispersion.  Also questions what it calls the myth of upward income mobility in the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

USAID Policy Framework:2011-2015

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Govt Finance

http://transition.usaid.gov/policy/USAID_PolicyFramework.PDF

Discusses key trends shaping the development landscape and the need for wiser investment of development funds.  From the Agency for International Development