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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21605 - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Estimated Allocations
26-Jun-2008; Libby Perl; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 26, 2008
July 5, 2007
March 22, 2007
October 10, 2006
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Abstract: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a block grant program under which the federal government gives annual grants to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Indian tribal organizations to operate multi-component home energy assistance program.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Information, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RS21688 - Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention: Summary of Federal Mandates and Financial Assistance for Reducing Hazards in Housing
12-Jun-2008; Linda-Jo Shierow; 5 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
June 12, 2008
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Abstract: Many U.S. children have unacceptably high levels of lead in their blood, which may result in reduced intellectual ability, learning disabilities, or other health concerns. A key source of lead exposure often is house dust containing lead-based paint (LBP) from deteriorated or abraded surfaces of .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General Interest, Government, Risk & Reform
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34087 - FIMA Disaster Housing and Hurricane Katrina: Overview, Analysis, and Congressional Issues
8-Aug-2008; Francis X. McCarthy; 45 p.
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Abstract: Some have criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) emergency housing policies, particularly its approach to health and safety standards (as exemplified by the evidence of formaldehyde in both trailers and mobile homes), as well as its overall strategy to perform its housing m.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General Interest, Population, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34459 - Animal Drug User Fee Program
4-Aug-2008; Sarah A. Lister; 29 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 4, 2008
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Abstract: The Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003 (ADUFA I, P.L. 108-130) gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initial authority to collect user fees from sponsors for the review of animal drug applications. ADUFA mirrors fee programs for human drugs and medical devices. Program authority sunsets Octob.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Legislative, General Interest
go directly to report _ RS22797 - Seafood Safety: Background and Issues
25-Jul-2008; Geoffrey S. Becker and Harold F. Upton; 6 p.
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March 28, 2008.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Although seafood consumption can contribute to a healthy diet, some fish and shellfish can cause foodborne illnesses or contain environmental contaminants. Are current food safety programs sufficiently protecting consumers, and if not, what changes should be considered? A complexity is that most .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Natural Resources, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22149 - Exemptions from Environmental Law for the Department of Defense: Background and Issues for Congress
1-May-2008; David M. Bearden; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 17, 2007
May 15, 2007
March 12, 2007
January 3, 2007 (/NLE/CRSreports/07Jan/RS22149.pdf)
December 12, 2006
June 19, 2006
May, 2006
August, 2005
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Abstract: Since FY2003, DOD has sought broader exemptions from environmental laws that it argues are needed to preserve training flexibility and ensure military readiness. There has been disagreement in Congress over the need for broader exemptions in the absence of data on the cumulative impact of environ.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, Legislative, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22869 - Bisphenol A (BPA) in Plastics and Possible Human Health Effects
8-Sep-2008; Linda-Jo Schierow and Sarah A. Lister; 6 p.
Abstract: Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to produce certain types of plastic. Containers made of these plastics may expose people to small amounts of BPA in food and water. Some animal experiments have found that fetal and infant development may be harmed by small amounts of BPA, but scientists disagree about t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ crr-0908 - Congressional Research Report
1-Sep-2008; 82 p.
Abstract: This monthly newsletter contains descriptions of research performed by the U.S. Congress’ Congressional Research Service (CRS) during the past month.

Descriptions are arranged alphabetically by broad topics ranging from “Abortion” to “Women’s Issues.” Following each description is an order n.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General Interest, Legislative, General

go directly to report, PDF _ RL34569 - International HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Key Changes to U.S. Programs and Funding
25-Aug-2008; Kellie Moss; 22 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
August 25, 2008
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Abstract: The United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-25) authorizes $15 billion for U.S. global efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria from FY2004 through FY2008. It also authorizes the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) to o.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Risk & Reform, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RL31595 - Organic Agriculture in the United States: Program and Policy Issues
22-Aug-2008; Jean M. Rawson; 15 p.
Update: Previous releases:
February 15, 2008
September 15, 2006
May 3, 2007
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Abstract: Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) in 1990 as part of a larger law governing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs from 1990 through 1996 (P.L. 101-624, the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990). The act authorized the creation of a National Organic.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Information, General Interest
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