Last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed Congress that U.S. national security interests required a waiver of statutory limitations on security aid to Pakistan. “The Secretary’s accompanying justification for the waiver was delivered in classified form,” a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service noted, adding that the waiver “appeared extremely difficult to justify” in view of Pakistan’s uneven cooperation with U.S. and NATO forces. See Pakistan: U.S. Foreign Assistance, updated October 4, 2012
Some other Congressional Research Service products that have not been made readily available to the public include the following.
Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations, updated October 3, 2012
Federal Grants-in-Aid Administration: A Primer, October 3, 2012
Sequestration: A Review of Estimates of Potential Job Losses, October 2, 2012
A supply-side tax credit (STC) could offer a tax incentive to material suppliers and professional service consultants that provide goods or services to affordable housing projects.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Commerce, and Department of Transportation should jointly develop and manage a data resource—a Housing Production Dashboard—to track housing production within and across states.
Exempting affordable housing from volume caps would address the underlying issue and have the greatest impact in this housing emergency.
To increase the supply of affordable homes, Congress should make greater investments in the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF).