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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33817 - Climate Change: Federal Funding and Tax Incentives
2-Aug-2007; Jane A. Leggett; 30 p.
Update: August 2, 2007
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Abstract: As the prospect of climate change induced by greenhouse gases has gained increased attention, U.S. federal funding to address this issue has expanded from a few million dollars per year in the 1970s to $5.44 billion in FY2007. The rise in funding is primarily attributed to the evolution of the fe.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Government, Federal Agencies
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go directly to report _ RL32683 - The Emergency Planning and and Community: Right to Know Act (EPCRA): A Summary
19-Mar-2008; Linda-Jo Schierow; 9 p.
Abstract: This report summarizes the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to- Know Act (EPCRA) and the major regulatory programs that mandate reporting by industrial facilities of releases of hazardous chemicals to the environment, as well as local planning to respond in the event of significant, acciden.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General Interest, Government, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31734 - Federal Disaster Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries
18-Mar-2008; Mary Jordan; 17 p.
Abstract: This report summarizes principal federal disaster assistance programs for possible use by Members of Congress and their staff in helping address the needs of constituents. A number of federal agencies provide assistance to individual victims; state, territorial, and local governments; and non-gov.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, Natural Resources, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34003 - Africa Command: U.S. Strategic Interests and the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa
10-Mar-2008; Lauren Ploch ; 42 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 16, 2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: On February 6, 2007, the Bush Administration announced its intention to create a new unified combatant command, U.S. Africa Command or AFRICOM, to promote U.S. national security objectives in Africa and its surrounding waters. U.S. military involvement on the continent has been divided among thre.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: International, Government
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go directly to report _ RL34294 - Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: A Summary of Major Provisions
22-Feb-2008; Fred Sissine; 29 p.
Abstract: The Energy Independence and Security Act (P.L. 110-140, H.R. 6) is an omnibus energy policy law that consists mainly of provisions designed to increase energy efficiency and the availability of renewable energy. This report describes the key provisions of the enacted law, summarizes the legislati.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Government, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34046 - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD): FY2008 Appropriations
14-Feb-2008; Randall Peterman and John Frittelli; 32 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
July 23, 2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. The process begins with the President’s budget request and is bound by the rules of the Hou.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Transportation, Federal Agencies, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34147 - Managing Electronic Waste: An Analysis of State E-Waste Legislation
6-Feb-2008; Linda Luther; 25 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 10, 2007.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established regulations regarding the disposal of hazardous wastes. Although there are federal requirements under RCRA for the management of hazardous waste, some states have opted to.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Government, General Interest
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34048 - Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2008
5-Feb-2008; John F. Sargent, Christine M. Matthews, John D. Moteff, Daniel Morgan, Robert Esworthy, Wendy H. Schacht, Pamela W. Smith, and Wayne A. Morrissey; 43 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 20, 2007
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Abstract: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (P.L. 110-161) was the measure used by Congress and the President to wrap up action on the regular appropriations acts in late 2007. On December 19, 2007, Congress completed action on the act, and it was signed into law by President Bush on December 26, 2.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Science & Technology, Federal Agencies, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21128 - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
4-Feb-2008; James K. Jackson; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
February 7, 2006

June 1, 2006

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Abstract: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organization in which the 30 member countries1 discuss, develop and analyze economic and social policy. While all of the member countries are considered to be economically advanced and collectively p.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Economics & Trade, Government

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33152 - The National Environmental Policy Act: Background and Implementation
29-Feb-2008; Linda Luther; 39 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 7, 2008
March 27, 2006
November 16, 2005
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Abstract: Beginning in the late 1950s and through the 1960s, Congress reacted to increasing public concern about the impact that human activity could have on the environment. A key legislative option to address this concern was the declaration of a national environmental policy. Advocates of this approach .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, Legislative, General Interest
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