Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following.
Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, September 20, 2013
Private Health Plans Under the ACA: In Brief, September 19, 2013
Medicare Financing, September 19, 2013
U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities, Uncertain Outcomes, September 17, 2013
America COMPETES Acts: FY2008-FY2013 Funding Tables, September 20, 2013
The DHS S&T Directorate: Selected Issues for Congress, September 17, 2013
U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress, September 18, 2013
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.
The federal government should remove housing tax benefits for all landowners in cities that refuse to build housing at a necessary pace.