Reports of the Congressional Research Service are predicated on the belief that readers in Congress or elsewhere care about the minutia of government policy. But if this was ever true, is it still the case today?
The members of CRS’s presumed target audience have not yet made up their minds about any number of issues, and they eagerly look forward to weighing the competing arguments pro and con. Are there such people?
To Congress, CRS reports must be treated as a controlled substance. CRS is literally prohibited from making them directly available to the public. If anybody were able to get their hands on them, who knows what might happen?
Let’s find out. New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from public distribution in the last few days include the following.
How Much Slack Remains in the Labor Market?, CRS Insight, August 5, 2016
Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA, updated August 8, 2016
Automakers Seek to Align Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Regulations, CRS Insight, August 8, 2016
Al Qaeda’s Syria Affiliate Declares Independence, CRS Insight, August 5, 2016
Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, updated August 8, 2016
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).