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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Legislative History, Litigation, and Current Issues

Categories: Children,Disability,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Veterans,Vietnam

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43790.pdf

Covers what Agent Orange is, legislative and judicial efforts by veterans to obtain health care services and compensation, and current issues such as paternally mediated birth defects.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

State Minimum Wages: An Overview

Categories: Federal State Relations,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43792.pdf

Discusses the current federal minimum wage, how the federal rate compares with state rates, trends in state minimum wages, and mechanisms of adjustment used by the states.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Natural Gas for Cars and Trucks: Options and Challenges

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43791.pdf

The increase in natural gas supplies in the U.S. has raised interest in natural gas as a transportation fuel.  This report reviews vehicle technologies that could use natural gas as a fuel and legislative policies that could spur development.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. Family-Based Immigration Policy

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Marriage/Family

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43145.pdf

Focuses on current laws governing family-based immigration, the problems due to Immigration and Nationality Act numerical limits, and contradictory proposals about whether to expand efforts to reconstitute immigrant families or limit such efforts to nuclear families.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

“We Were Strangers Once Too”: The President Announces New Steps on Immigration

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/20/we-were-strangers-once-too-president-announces-new-steps-immigratio

President Obama’s address to the nation on his plan to reform immigration and prevent deportation of illegal aliens meeting certain conditions.  From the White House

 

Keystone XL Pipeline: Overview and Recent Developments

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43787.pdf

Reviews the economic, energy, and environmental controversies surrounding the proposed pipeline project and recent developments involving litigation and permit reviews. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Fact Sheet: FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Plan to Reboot the E-Rate Program to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Digital Learning

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db1117/DOC-330508A1.pdf

Presents the proposal of the FCC Chairman to modernize the E-Rate rules and funding levels.  Also describes the current high-speed Internet connectivity gap.  From the  Federal Communications Commission

 

E-Rate Data Update

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db1117/DOC-330505A1.pdf

Staff report which summarizes and analyzes data gathered since summer 2014 regarding long-term funding needs of the E-Rate program which sponsors broadband Internet connections for schools and libraries. From the Federal Communications Commission

 

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