December 1, 2015

New: Library Organizations Show Support for Legislation to Provide Public Access to Congressional Research Service Reports

From Matthew Rumsey at the Sunlight Foundation:

Today, Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) reintroduced legislation that will make it easier for the public, the media, and government employees to better understand the important policy matters facing Congress. The bipartisan “Public Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Resolution of 2013″ would ensure that these reports, which are often cited by courts and the media and sold by third parties for $20 per copy, are freely available to the public on a website maintained by the House Clerk.


The resolution opens the doors to greater public understanding of Congress and should be applauded and supported.

More than 30 organizations have signed on to a letter supporting the resolution. If you want to learn more about the importance of making CRS reports publicly available, please take the time to read the letter, which is embedded below.

Read the Complete Blog Post by Matthew Rumsey

Library organizations supporting the resolution include:

  • AALL
  • ALA
  • ARL
  • Free Government Information

Open CRS Resolution Support Letter by

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