A Profile of the 113th Congress, and More from CRS

“The average age of Members of the 113th Congress is among the highest of any Congress in recent U.S. history,” according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.  The average age of Members of the House of Representatives is 57 years, while the average age of Senators is 62 years.

“The overwhelming majority of Members of Congress have a college education,” the CRS found. “The dominant professions of Members are public service/politics, business, and law. Most Members identify as Christians, and Protestants collectively constitute the majority religious affiliation. Roman Catholics account for the largest single religious denomination, and numerous other affiliations are represented.”

One hundred women (a record number) serve in the 113th Congress. There are 43 African American Members, and 38 Hispanic or Latino Members (a record number) serving. Thirteen Members are Asian American or Pacific Islanders. There is one Native American serving in the House. See Membership of the 113th Congress: A Profile, February 20, 2013.

Other noteworthy new and updated products of the Congressional Research Service that Congress has not made publicly available include the following.

Congressional Authority to Limit Military Operations
, February 19, 2013

Nuclear Weapons R&D Organizations in Nine Nations, February 22, 2013

Bond v. United States: Validity and Construction of the Federal Chemical Weapons Statute, February 21, 2013

Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements, February 20, 2013

Border Security: Understanding Threats at U.S. Borders, February 21, 2013

NAFTA at 20: Overview and Trade Effects, February 21, 2013

Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress, February 22, 2013, with new material on the anticipated impact of sequestration.

Azerbaijan: Recent Developments and U.S. Interests, February 22, 2013

U.S.-Japan Economic Relations: Significance, Prospects, and Policy Options, February 20, 2013

Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations, February 26, 2013

Unconventional Monetary Policy, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has chosen not to make available to the public include the following.

Federal Reserve: Unconventional Monetary Policy Options, February 19, 2013

Federal Assault Weapons Ban: Legal Issues, February 14, 2013

Pharmaceutical Patent Settlements: Issues in Innovation and Competitiveness, February 15, 2013

Unauthorized Aliens: Policy Options for Providing Targeted Immigration Relief, February 13, 2013

Cars, Trucks, and Climate: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases from Mobile Sources, February 14, 2013

Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress, February 15, 2013

Exemptions for Firearms in Bankruptcy, February 15, 2013

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News that have not been made readily available to the public include the following.

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues, February 12, 2013

Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and Security Issues, February 13, 2013

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments, February 12, 2013

Filling U.S. Senate Vacancies: Perspectives and Contemporary Developments, February 13, 2013

Child Well-Being and Noncustodial Fathers, February 12, 2013

Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy, February 12, 2013

Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues for the 113th Congress
, February 8, 2013

U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective, February 11, 2013

The State of the Union Address, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has opted not to make directly available to the public include the following.

U.S.-South Korea Relations, February 5, 2013

Government Assistance for AIG: Summary and Cost, February 7, 2013

Prospects for Coal in Electric Power and Industry, February 4, 2013

Role of Home State Senators in the Selection of Lower Federal Court Judges, February 11, 2013

Nondiscrimination in Environmental Regulation: A Legal Analysis, February 6, 2013:

Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy, February 8, 2013

The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases, February 7, 2013

Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress, February 11, 2013

Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress, February 11, 2013

The President’s State of the Union Address: Tradition, Function, and Policy Implications, December 17, 2012

US Military Casualty Statistics, and More from CRS

A sobering compilation of statistics on injuries sustained by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was updated this week by the Congressional Research Service based in part on data that CRS gathered from the Pentagon.

“This report includes statistics on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, evacuations, and the demographics of casualties,” the CRS report said. “Some of these statistics are publicly available at the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) website, whereas others have been obtained through contact with experts at DOD.”  See U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom, February 5, 2013.

Another newly updated CRS report presents an informative and diverting account of politics in China.

“China’s Communist Party dominates state and society in China, is committed to maintaining a permanent monopoly on power, and is intolerant of those who question its right to rule. Nonetheless, analysts consider China’s political system to be neither monolithic nor rigidly hierarchical. Jockeying among leaders and institutions representing different sets of interests is common at every level of the system.” See Understanding China’s Political System, January 31, 2013.

And for good measure there is a CRS report on the legal foundation for public access to government records.  See Access to Government Information In the United States: A Primer, January 16, 2013.

There is no legal foundation that would guarantee public access to CRS reports.  So they have to be obtained through alternate channels.

Veterans and Homelessness, and More from CRS

Newly updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made readily available to the public include the following.

Argentina’s Defaulted Sovereign Debt: Dealing with the “Holdouts”, February 6, 2013

Honduras-U.S. Relations, February 5, 2013

Veterans and Homelessness, February 4, 2013

VA Housing: Guaranteed Loans, Direct Loans, and Specially Adapted Housing Grants, February 4, 2013

Agricultural Conservation: A Guide to Programs, February 5, 2013

The National Flood Insurance Program: Status and Remaining Issues for Congress, February 6, 2013

Appropriations Subcommittee Structure: History of Changes from 1920 to 2013, February 5, 2013

U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress, February 6, 2013

Mental Disorders Among Iraq Veterans, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made readily available to the public include the following.

Mental Disorders Among OEF/OIF Veterans Using VA Health Care: Facts and Figures, February 4, 2013

Evaluating the “Past Performance” of Federal Contractors: Legal Requirements and Issues, February 4, 2013

Increasing the Social Security Payroll Tax Base: Options and Effects on Tax Burdens
, February 5, 2013

Water Resource Issues in the 113th Congress, January 31, 2013

Upcoming Rules Pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: The 2012 Unified Agenda, February 1, 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Modifications to the Budget Enforcement Procedures in the Budget Control Act, February 4, 2013

United Nations System Funding: Congressional Issues, January 15, 2013

U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians, January 18, 2013

European Union Enlargement, February 4, 2013

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made readily available to the public include the following.

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV): Background and Issues for Congress, February 4, 2013

U.S.-India Security Relations: Strategic Issues, January 24, 2013

Multilateral Development Banks: U.S. Contributions FY2000-FY2013, February 1, 2013

IMF Reforms: Issues for Congress, February 1, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Health Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, January 31, 2013

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity, December 18, 2012

Aftermath of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service which Congress has not made publicly available include the following.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Recent Activities and Ongoing Developments, January 31, 2013

The Unemployed and Job Openings: A Data Primer, January 31, 2013

Congressional Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act: A Legal Overview, January 31, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), January 31, 2013

Medicare Primer, January 31, 2013

U.S. Government Agencies Involved in Export Promotion: Overview and Issues for Congress, January 31, 2013

Sovereign Debt in Advanced Economies: Overview and Issues for Congress, January 31, 2013

Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy, January 31, 2013

United Nations Regular Budget Contributions: Members Compared, 1990-2010, January 15, 2013

U.S. and South Korean Cooperation in the World Nuclear Energy Market: Major Policy Considerations, January 28, 2013

 

Stealing Trade Secrets, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made available to the public include the following.

Stealing Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage: An Overview of U.S.C. 1831 and 1832, January 28, 2013

Cybersecurity: Cyber Crime Protection Security Act (S.2111) — A Legal Analysis, January 28, 2013

Unemployment Insurance: Legislative Issues in the 113th Congress, January 25, 2013

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions, January 22, 2013

Latin America and the Caribbean: Fact Sheet on Leaders and Elections, January 29, 2013

Mexico and the 112th Congress, January 29, 2013

U.S. Sanctions on Burma: Issues for the 113th Congress, January 11, 2013

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Countries: Comparative Trade and Economic Analysis, January 29, 2013