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Uncut, Unfiltered … but Not Necessarily Uninterrupted

By Scott West

Government documents update! Among the newest that might interest patrons of Roesch Library: Histories, briefings ... and lots and lots of hearings. Here's a sampling:

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress, 1900-2017

By the Office of the Historian and Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives

This substantial publication provides not only a detailed history of Asian and Pacific Islander participation in the U.S. Congress, but also a profile of each delegate up to the present day. The first is Robert W. Wilcox representing the territory of Hawaii in 1900. Interestingly, Hawaiian independence was the centerpiece of his efforts. Lots of pictures and interesting details make this an easy book to browse.

  • Call Number: Y 1.1/7:108-226
  • Format: Print and Online
Bureaucratic Challenges to Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico

Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S.House of Representatives

This March 2018 hearing primarily focused on what needed to happen in the restoration of power and water to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017. In addition, the subcommittee discussed how to be better prepared for the next hurricane season. Witnesses represented the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Edison Electric Institute, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Call Number: Y 4.G 74/7:115-74
  • Format: Print and Online
Campus Safety: Improving Prevention and Response Efforts

Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, U.S. Senate

This July 2016 hearing was inspired by the sexual assault of a Stanford University student. The opening statement recognized the disagreement in Congress about the role of the federal government in this area but initiated a discussion of the need to ensure that college campuses provide safe learning environments for all students. Witnesses represented Security Risk Management Consultants,, Washington State University, DeSales University, SUNY-Albany and the Tyler Clementi Foundation.

  • Call Number: Y 4.L 11/4:S.HRG.114-791
  • Format: Print and Online
A “Caravan” of Illegal Immigrants: a Test of U.S. Borders

Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives

This hearing in April 2018 was a discussion of the impact of the arrival of a “caravan” of illegal immigrants heading toward the United States. Witnesses at the hearing represented the National Border Patrol Council, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Center for Immigration Studies, and the Truman Center. In addition, letters were submitted from Amnesty International and various civil rights groups in California.

  • Call Number: Y 4.G 74/7:115-77
  • Format: Print and Online
The Dayton Legacy and the Future of Bosnia and the Western Balkans

Hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

This April 2018 hearing focused on the challenges confronting the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended years of conflict in the Balkans. The hearing addressed the current political environment in Bosnia and threats to stability in this region.

  • Call Number: Y 4.F 76/1:115-148
  • Format: Print and Online
Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data

Hearing before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives

This is the April 2018 transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress. This hearing was splashed across all media outlets, so it’s interesting to see what the Facebook founder has to say for himself.

  • Call Number: Y 4.C 73/8:115-114
  • Format: Print and Online
Health Care: Issues Impacting Cost and Coverage

Hearing before the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate

This September 2017 hearing investigated the increasing costs of health care in the United States. Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), in an unapologetically biased opening statement, identified this as the 37th such discussion since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Witnesses came from the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, the Heritage Foundation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • Call Number: Y 4.F 49:S.HRG.115-312
  • Format: Print and Online
Reality vs. Rhetoric: Assessing the Trump Administration’s Russia Policy

Briefing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Washington: 2018)

This briefing provides a transcript of a briefing provided by a panel made up of representatives from the American Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution as well as Yulia Latynina, a journalist from Echo Moskvy and Novaya Gazeta. The group responds to questions focused on policies of the Trump Administration and their impact on the American relationship with Russia.

  • Call Number: Y 4.SE 2:R 92/22
  • Format: Print
The Very Few, the Proud: Women in the Marine Corps, 1977-2001

By Col. Nancy P. Anderson (Ret.)

This book looks at the development of female participation in the U.S. Marine Corps. In fact, Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, the first woman to receive a three-star rank, provides the introduction. Anderson says that this book “serves as an argument the meaningful military service does not rest upon gender homogeneity but rather upon the strength and defense of the United States through the most efficient use of personnel.”

  • Call Number: D 214.13:W 84/3
  • Format: Print

— Scott West is an information resources specialist in the University Libraries.

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