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Congressional Research Service's side-by-side comparison of the House Agriculture Committee’s 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) with current law.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rulemaking page. EPA and the Army will also hold an informational webcast on January 10, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on January 23, 2019.

NOAA's Arctic Report Card. Issued annually since 2006.

NIH-supported Adolescent Brain Cognitive Study measuring the effect of screen time on the physical structure of the developing brain. Links to the 60 Minutes report aired December 9, 2018, with Anderson Cooper and Dr Gaya Dowling. NIH-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's We Can! page. 

Findings of Volume 2 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a report mandated by Congress, was released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program on November 23. Also listen to a media call hosted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Black Friday. Black Friday marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Find retail sales statistics and cautions about shopping sales on Census' Black Friday page. 

CDC's romaine lettuce alert

Census jobs. Both temporary and permanent Census positions in the Atlanta area are offered. For other areas, monitor opportunities at Census' page Field Opportunities by State. Apply at the 2020 Census Jobs site.

In the wake of release of data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey on November 15, 2018, the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering policy measures against a sharp increase in the use of "non-combustible forms of nicotine delivery", such as e-cigarettes. "The markedly accelerating rate of e-cigarette use among U.S. youth within the past year is a cause for grave concern" said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield. 

USAJOBS veterans may search for jobs using only their MOS codes. Jobs that appear will include "Compatible Military Assignments" under the "Qualifications" section. MOS codes may also be used on the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration's My Next Move page for veterans.

 Budget 

The Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2019.

Debt to the penny (daily history from Treasury Dept.; also see Treasury's FAQ about the public debt.

USAspending.gov is required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act to help citizens understand where tax dollars are spent. Click on a state on the map to see the total amount of spending and the top recipients.

Congressional calendars. Keep up with what they are working on. Senate Legislative Calendar. House Legislative Schedule

 Economy

U.S. Economy at a Glance. Summary page of the most closely watched statistics, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Economic Report of the President.  Annually written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the report contains text and extensive data appendices to describe current and foreseeable trends and annual numerical goals concerning topics such as employment, production, real income and Federal budget outlays.

Selected interest rates weekly release from the Federal Reserve. 

Latest unemployment rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. See Georgia's current unemployment rate (right-hand side).

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