6/16/16 CRS Report – Hydropower: Comparison of Selected Provisions in S. 2012, as Engrossed in the House, and S. 2012, as Engrossed in the Senate

June 16, 2016

In the 114th Congress, the House and Senate have passed energy legislation that addresses hydropower. Both the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016 (S. 2012, as engrossed in the House) and the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012, as engrossed in the Senate) contain provisions that would alter the regulation and development of nonfederal hydropower, among other things.

5/19/16 CRS Report: Reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000

June 2, 2016

Many counties are compensated for the tax-exempt status of federal lands. Counties with national forest lands and with certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands historically have received a percentage of agency revenues, primarily from timber sales. However, timber sales have declined substantially—by more than 90% in some areas—which had led to substantially reduced payments to the counties.

5/19/16 CRS Report – Public Health Service Agencies: Overview and Funding (FY2015-FY2017)

June 1, 2016

Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), eight agencies are designated components of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). The PHS agencies are funded primarily with annual discretionary appropriations.

5/19/16 CRS Report – Federal Reserve: Legislation in the 114th Congress

May 26, 2016

The Federal Reserve (Fed) is the subject of legislation being considered in the 114th Congress.

5/19/16 CRS Report: Earthquake Risk and U.S. Highway Infrastructure: Frequently Asked Questions

May 23, 2016

Earthquakes and related events, such as soil liquefaction, landslides, tsunamis, flooding, and fires, pose risks to highway infrastructure.

5/19/16 CRS Report – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): FY2016 Appropriations

May 20, 2016

Enacted on December 18, 2015, Title II of Division G of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (P.L. 114-113; H.R. 2029) provided $8.14 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for FY2016.

5/10/16 CRS Report – Military Officer Personnel Management: Key Concepts and Statutory Provisions

May 20, 2016

Congress and the executive branch are currently considering changes to the officer personnel management system.

5/11/16 CRS Report – Softwood Lumber Imports From Canada: Current Issues

May 19, 2016

Softwood lumber imports from Canada have been of concern to Congress for many years. Under the Constitution, Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce and exercises authority over trade relations with foreign nations.