New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made readily available to the public include the following.
India-U.S. Security Relations: Current Engagement, November 13, 2012
A Guide to China’s Upcoming Leadership Transitions, October 16, 2012
Roles and Duties of a Member of Congress, November 9, 2012
The Congressional Research Service made a humorous appearance in the Doonesbury comic strip on November 24, in connection with the report on tax cuts that was withdrawn in response to criticism from some Republican Senators.
In fact, as often noted, members of Congress of both parties consistently withhold public access to most CRS reports.
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.