Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) recently introduced a bill, H.R. 3762, into the House of Representatives to make published Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports available to the public via the Internet.
More than $100 million tax dollars are spent each year to fund CRS, which generates detailed reports for Congressional lawmakers and their staff. This bipartisan legislation, introduced with fellow freshman Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), would make published CRS reports available to the public in an effort to increase transparency and help citizens become more informed and engaged advocates.
This recent House activity complements Senate Resolution 118, introduced by Sen. Lieberman (I-CT) in April 2009.
We thank supporters of both pieces of legislation for demonstrating a understanding of the importance of access to information.
Assistant Director, ALA Office of Government Relations