Category «Congress»

Analysis of the Energy Bill, the EPA’s Refusal to Grant Waivers and State Laws With Respect to Climate Change

Beth Wellington reviews the contentious debate underway on the state, national and international level, concerning efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Legislative

CongressLine: The Committee Markup

Paul Jenks describes how the committee markup is where the real work of Congress takes place. According to Paul, in the House, where floor amendments can be strictly regulated, they are the only place a member can propose a change. In some cases, the actual bill is written completely in a markup. This usually happens for appropriations bills, but is done increasingly for other really big bills.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine, Legal Research, Legislative

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: Lobbying and Ethics Rules

This month Paul Jenks provides readers with a copy of a recent CRS report, Lobbying Law and Ethics Rules Changes in the 110th Congress.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine, CRS Reports, Government Resources, Legislative

Commentary: Congress Looks Again at FISA

Beth Wellington’s commentary reviews legislative activity, advocacy group positions and news articles related to proposed changes to portions of the Protect America Act.

Subjects: 9-11-2001, Congress, Extras, Legislative, Privacy

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: The Earmark Reality

Paul Jenks offers insights into the procedures by which Congressional earmarks are used to inject opinions and priorities, great and small, into the governing process.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine, E-Government, Legal Research

Commentary on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Beth Wellington examines the contentious battle currently underway, on the state and federal level, over increasing health care coverage for non-insured children throughout our country.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Healthcare, Legal Research

CongressLine by Gallerywatch.com: Votes and Whips

Paul Jenks explains voting, a finely orchestrated legislative process that is full of arcane and ancient precedents and many mechanisms to get around the rules.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine, Government Resources, Legal Research

Commentary: The Protect America Act and Legislation Related to the Domestic Surveillance Program

Beth Wellington’s commentary examines the rapid introduction and passage of the Protect America Act, and the impact of related legislation on civil liberties in America.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Legal Research, Legislative

FOIA Facts: Two Steps Forward, (At Least) One Step Back

Scott A. Hodes highlights the status of FOIA legislation in Congress as well as recent White House imposed hurdles to public access to government documents.

Subjects: Congress, FOIA Facts, Legal Research, Legislative
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