Resolution Introduced To Make Public Domain Congressional Research Finally Accessible To The Public
from the that-would-be-good dept
Last year, we wrote about a bunch of groups sending a letter to Congress asking them to support making CRS reports public -- and it looks like some in Congress may actually be paying attention. Rep. Leonard Lance has introduced (with Reps. Quigley, Johnson, Cooper and Schiff) a resolution to make certain CRS publications available to the public. It's unclear if this has any chance of going anywhere, but it's good to see some interest in this issue.
The resolution asks the Clerk of the House to work with CRS to "establish and maintain a centralized, searchable, bulk downloadable, electronic database" which will include a bunch of CRS documents. Specifically:
(A) Congressional Research Service Issue Briefs.Having this info public would be a huge boon for the public. Hopefully Congress actually pays attention.
(B) Congressional Research Service Reports.
(C) Congressional Research Service Authorization of Appropriations Products and Appropriations Products.
(D) Materials intended or available for general congressional distribution that are the same or substantially similar in content to CRS Reports, Issue Briefs, and Appropriations Products.