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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Overview of the FY2016 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 719)

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

Explains what a continuing resolution is and how it substitutes for the failure by Congress to pass regular appropriation bills. Also provides summaries of so-called “anomalies” which have the effect of creating new law or changing existing law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


HR 719 – TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

The legislation that staved off a government shutdown in October 2015 by providing for FY2016 Continuing Appropriations. From


Text of Address to United States Congress by Pope Francis

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

Text of Pope’s address to Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015. From Scribd and the Government Publishing Office’s FDsys.


Renegotiating Arms Control Agreements: A Brief Review

Categories: Arms Control,Congress,Iran,Nuclear Arms

Amid the debate over the proposed nuclear treaty with Iran, this report reviews the four arms control treaties over the past 60 years that were not approved by the Senate. One was voted down (The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty) and the other three were not voted on. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Iran Nuclear Agreement: The Administration’s Case

Categories: Congress,Energy,Headlines,Iran,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

Testimony of Secretary of State Kerry before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 7/28/2015 defending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement with Iran.  From the State Department


114th Congress Mobile Member Guide App

Categories: Congress

For quick access to Congressional member information including picture, party affiliation, hometown, and length of service.  From the Government Publishing Office


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


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