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CRS – The European Union: Questions and Answers

The European Union: Questions and Answers, Kristin Archick, Specialist in European Affairs. February 21, 2017. Via FAS.

“The European Union: Questions and Answers Congressional Research Service Summary The European Union (EU) is a political and economic partnership that represents a unique form of cooperation among sovereign countries. The EU is the latest stage in a process of integration begun after World War II, initially by six Western European countries, to foster interdependence and make another war in Europe unthinkable. The EU currently consists of 28 member states, including most of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and has helped to promote peace, stability, and economic prosperity throughout the European continent. The EU has been built through a series of binding treaties. Over the years, EU member states have sought to harmonize laws and adopt common policies on an increasing number of economic, social, and political issues. EU member states share a customs union; a single market in which capital, goods, services, and people move freely; a common trade policy; and a common agricultural policy. Nine teen EU member states use a common currency (the euro), and 22 member states participate in the Schengen area of free movement in which internal border controls have been eliminated. In addition, the EU has been developing a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), which includes a Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), and pursuing cooperation in the area of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) to forge common internal security measures. Member states work together through several EU institutions to set policy and to promote their collective interests…”

Letters to Regulators 17 Organizations Comment on CFPB Request for Information Regarding Consumer Access to Financial Records

Americans for Financial Reform – Letters to Regulators: 17 Organizations Comment on CFPB Request for Information Regarding Consumer Access to Financial Records, February 21, 2017. “…Thank you for this opportunity to respond to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) request for information regarding consumer-permissioned access to financial account and account-related data in usable electronic form.… Continue Reading

GAO – Presidential and Congressional Transition documents

“During presidential transitions, GAO provides information specifically for new administrations as well as new Congresses. The resources and recommendations here can help policymakers and other leaders find ways to greatly improve government operations and potentially save millions of dollars. Three sets of resources are available here, specifically focusing on the issues and challenges that should… Continue Reading

Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized

Pew – February 16, 2017 – In First Month, Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized – Opposition to Trump’s refugee policy “Less than a month after Donald Trump took office, the public’s initial impressions of the new president are strongly felt, deeply polarized and far more negative than positive. The latest national… Continue Reading

Atlantic FAQ on President Trump and conflict of interest issues

The Atlantic – “President Donald Trump still has not taken the necessary steps to distance himself from his businesses while in office. In accordance with a plan that he and one of his lawyers, Sheri Dillon, laid out at a press conference on January 11, Trump has filed paperwork to remove himself from the day-to-day… Continue Reading

Report – A Close Look at the Decline of Homeownership

Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Liberty Street Economics – Andrew Haughwout, Richard Peach, and Joseph Tracy, February 17, 2017 “The homeownership rate—the percentage of households that own rather than rent the homes that they live in—has fallen sharply since mid-2005. In fact, in the second quarter of 2016 the homeownership rate fell to… Continue Reading

WaPo – Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants

David Nakamura, The Washington Post – “Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border. In a pair of memos, Kelly offered more detail on plans for the agency to hire thousands of additional enforcement… Continue Reading

Politico posts 19-page internal GOP policy brief on Obamacare repeal and replace

Via Politico: Internal GOP Talking Points and Plans for Replacing Obamacare – Policy Brief and Resources – “Obamacare has failed. Six years after the enactment of Obamacare, here’s what we know: This law has failed the American people. Insurance markets are collapsing. Premiums and deductibles are soaring. Patients’ choices are dwindling. The law has failed… Continue Reading

Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile

Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile, Jennifer E. Manning, Senior Research Librarian. February 10, 2017. “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 115th Congress (2017-2018) as of January 4, 2017. Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional… Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Democrats Demand Retention of All Documents Related to Trump, Russia

“All nine Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today called on the White House, the Justice Department and the FBI to preserve all documents related to communication between Russia and all Trump officials and associates, as well as all documents related to Russian interference in the 2016 election. Letter to White House Letter to DOJ, FBI In… Continue Reading

Interactive: Compare Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act

Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act – President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other? –  Plans available for comparison: The Affordable Care Act, 2010 (PDF) Rep. Tom… Continue Reading