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Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43491.pdf

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

 

Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-Eighth Congress

Categories: Births/Deaths,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Presidency

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1865p4

Also known as Assassination of Abraham Lincoln … Appendix to Diplomatic Correspondence of 1865.  Features documents of condolence and sympathy from various countries on the occasion of the death of the president.  A unique volume in the Foreign Relations series.  From the State Department

 

National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Headlines,Health/Medical,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/national_action_plan_for_combating_antibotic-resistant_bacteria.pdf

Proposes a national campaign built around five goals to respond to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.  Claims the campaign will reduce the incidence of MRSA, CRE, and Clostridium Difficile and eliminate the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in food animals.  From the White House

 

Presidential Memorandum: Expanding Broadband Deployment and Adoption ….

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/23/presidential-memorandum-expanding-broadband-deployment-and-adoption-addr

Presidential directive that executive branch agencies identify funds, programs, and regulatory actions that could enhance broadband access to an estimated 50 million Americans who currently lack such access.  From the White House

 

Executive Order: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

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

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/19/executive-order-planning-federal-sustainability-next-decade

Directive from President Obama that sets goals for the next decade of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by federal agencies by 40% and increasing the use of clean energy resources by 25%.  Also calls for cutting energy use in federal buildings, decreasing federal vehicle emissions, and reducing water use in federal buildings. From the White House

 

Presidential Memorandum—Student Aid Bill of Rights

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Headlines,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/10/presidential-memorandum-student-aid-bill-rights

Presidential document that provides support for students with education debt through creation of  state-of-the-art complaint and feedback system, additional protections for student loan borrowers, higher standards for loan servicers, and fairer treatment of struggling borrowers.  From the White House

 

Fact Sheet: A Student Aid Bill of Rights: Taking Action to Ensure Strong Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/10/fact-sheet-student-aid-bill-rights-taking-action-ensure-strong-consumer-

Describes the nature of the assistance that will be provided to student borrowers including a state-of-the-art complaint system and new steps to analyze student debt trends and recommend solutions.  From the White House

 

Keystone XL Pipeline Veto Message

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Presidency

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/24/veto-message-senate-s-1-keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act

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

 

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