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What Is the CBO Scorecard?

Although we have been hearing a lot recently on “CBO Scores” or “CBO Scorecard”, these terms actually do not exist within the federal government. These terms are really shorthand for “cost estimates” that the Congressional Budget Office issues. Of late, with the various iterations to replace/repeal the Affordable Care Act, the CBO has issued reports on the impact of each one. To review these health care “scorecards”, please come here.

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Here’s What the RAND Corporation Says About Transgender Military Personnel

The RAND Corporation is one of the most prestigious think tanks around. Read its report of transgender people serving in the military: Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly. This CRS report – Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress – provides needed contextual information.

 

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Recent Congressional Hearings On Security

There have been well over 100 hearings so far this year; transcripts for most of them can be found here.

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What New Jersey State Offices Are Closed Because of the Government Shutdown

A full listing is available here. Please remember that this budget impasse does NOT affect local or county governments.

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Recent U.S.Documents in the News

There have been more than a few important documents released of late. Among them: the Senate’s version of  the health care bill or its actual title – Better Care Reconcilitation Act of 2017; the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of this bill; and the Supreme Court’s per curiam decision on President Trump’s travel ban. SCOTUSblog has an excellent round-up of commentary on this ruling.

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Congressional Research Service’s 2016 Annual Report

This iteration highlights that “…Congress relied on CRS expertise, placing more than 62,000 requests for custom analysis and research. The Service hosted more than 9,200 congressional participants at seminars, briefings, and training; published more than 3,500 new or updated reports; summarized more than 6,300 bills; and maintained nearly 10,000 products on its website for Congress….”(iii) FYI, this $100,000,000 Congressional think tank is a branch of the Library of Congress. More on it here.

For those who would like access to the “products”; i.e., reports, sidebars, documents, etc. generated by the CRS in fulfillment of its mission, please go to either FAS (Federation of American Scientists) Congressional Research Reports page or everycrsreport.com (contrary to the .com suffix, the reports are freely available).

 

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Live! – Ex-FBI Director Comey’s Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee

His highly anticipated appearance begins at 10am today.

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