Category «Congress»

CongressLine: Congress and Money

Paul Jenks examines how the appropriations process this year has provided a multitude of interesting examples of the wide variety of tools available to Congress and the federal government for appropriating money, beyond just the ordinary appropriations bills in Congress.

Subjects: Columns, Congress, CongressLine, Government Resources

Commentary: Immunity for Telecom Eavesdropping

Beth Wellington’s commentary tracks the legislative path of retroactive immunity for telecom eavesdropping.

Subjects: Congress, Government Resources, Legislative

FOIA Facts: My Proposals for the FOIA

Following up on the passage earlier this year of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, FOIA expert Scott A. Hodes make two proposals absent from the law, but which would help FOIA requesters.

Subjects: Columns, Congress, FOIA Facts, Freedom of Information, Government Resources, Legal Research

CongressLine: Running for Congress

Paul Jenks recounts how for the past two years he has run marathons and monitored Congress at the same time, describing how the two experiences are very similar.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine, Legislative

FOIA Facts: The Congressional Role in FOIA Operations

Scott A. Hodes contends that Congress must actively use its oversight role to ensure that the new FOIA law, and the FOIA and other disclosure laws that are already on the books, are actively followed and funded.

Subjects: Congress, FOIA Facts, Government Resources, Legal Research, United States Law

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

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 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
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