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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Congressional Careers: Service Tenure and Patterns of Member Service, 1789-2015

Categories: Congress,Statistics

Presents data on member tenure and a historical analysis of tenure trends.  Through the 20th Century, the average years of service have steadily increased.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations


Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Treaties

Explains the basics of trade promotion authority, formerly called fast track, that lays out U.S. trade negotiating objectives, procedures for congressional-executive notification, and expedited legislative procedures under which such bills are considered.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate, Covering the Period January 3, 2013 to January 5, 2015

Categories: Congress,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

A report on committee activities for the designated period, which covers the Snowden leaks and the release of the redacted report on CIA interrogation practices.  This report describes the committee oversight of intelligence during that period including struggles to promote the sharing of classified information among intelligence agencies.  From the committee, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Federal Grants to State and Local Governments: A Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues

Categories: Congress,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,History

Federal grants account for about one-third of total state funding and more than half of state funding for health care and public assistance.  This report provides a historical synopsis of the evolving nature of the federal grants-in-aid system with a focus on the role that Congress has played in the system’s scope and nature.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Federal Budget: Overview and Issues for FY2016 and Beyond

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

Provides an overview and background on the current budget debate.  Tracks legislative events related  to the federal budget and will be updated as budgetary legislation moves through Congress. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Freedom of Information Act Legislation in the 114th Congress: Issue Summary and Side-by-Side Analysis

Categories: Congress,Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the differences that would result from passage of two bills, introduced in the Senate and House, to the Freedom of Information Act.  The proposed legislation would establish a greater presumption of openness than is the case at present. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Keystone XL Pipeline Veto Message

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Presidency

Brief message from President Obama on the occasion of his veto of S.1: The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.  From the White House


Remarks by the President on Request to Congress for Authorization of Force Against ISIL

Categories: Arab,Congress,Defense/Military,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Middle East Conflict

Explanation of the president for the decision to seek from Congress an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State.  From the White House


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