New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following.
The Debt Limit Since 2011, February 12, 2014
The Corporate Income Tax System: Overview and Options for Reform, February 14, 2014
The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: In Brief, February 10, 2014
Lebanon: Background and U.S. Policy, February 14, 2014
Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations, February 12, 2014
A uniform software tool for inputting building permit data would make the U.S. Census Bureau’s Building Permit Survey (BPS) more reliable, and it would also facilitate more fine-grained geographical analysis of new housing development.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) should prioritize funding water projects for local governments that would expand the production of new housing in their service areas if given the water resources to do so.
Congress needs to amend the definition of a manufactured home to remove the phrase “on a permanent chassis.” By doing this, Congress can eliminate wasted construction materials, allow new multifamily design options under the HUD Code, and unleash competition from factory-built manufactured housing.
Satellite images show that the Navy has begun construction of a new nuclear weapons storage and handling facility at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.