ALA is working with a broad coalition to ensure no-fee online public access to all Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. While CRS reports may be requested by constituents from their legislators, this is a slow and unreliable process and there is no way to know what reports have been produced. Additionally, several private companies sell CRS reports to those who can pay; while the majority of constitutuents lack the information necessary to even request reports. Reflective of public demand, OpenCRS.com — a website that provides CRS reports by various members to the public — has had more than 3.5 million CRS reports downloaded.
In light of the transparency trend going on in Congress, we are hoping for strong consideration. ALA recently signed on to letters to Speaker Pelosi and others: