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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Preventable Tragedies: Superbugs and How Ineffective Monitoring of Medical Device Safety Fails Patients

Categories: Congress,Health/Medical

Reports the results of an investigation into the cause of and response to outbreaks of antibiotic resistant infections linked to medical devices called duodenoscopes at hospitals nationwide. Calls for legislative and regulatory changes. From the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


Use of the Annual Appropriation Process to Block Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (FY2011-FY2016)

Categories: Congress,Govt Finance,Govt Processes/Organization,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the revisions made by legislative opponents of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare to the annual appropriations process in an effort to defund, delay, or weaken the act. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Student Success Act (S.1177)

Categories: Congress,Education,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Text, legislative actions, and other materials related to the passage of the Student Success Act, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act in defining the federal role in supporting public education in the states. From


Report on the Inquiry into the Department of Defense’s May 2014 Transfer to Qatar of Five Law-of-War Detainees in Connection with the Recovery of a Captive U.S. Soldier

Categories: Afghanistan,Congress,Defense/Military,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Alleges that the transfer of five Guantanamo Taliban detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was illegal in that the department failed to notify Congress before the exchange was made. From the House Armed Services Committee


Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations

Introduces congressional staff (and anyone else) to basic resources, such as and GPO’s Federal Digital System, for tracking the development of federal laws and regulations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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.


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