Making Data More Accessible

There is No Reason Why CRS Reports Should Not be Public

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The Congressional Research Service does some excellent research and analysis on all manner of things. These reports are not officially accessible to taxpayers.

 

CRS reports to Congress or individual members of Congress should be readily accessible via the World Wide Web within two weeks of their delivery to the requesting member(s).

Why Is This Idea Important?

This is important because so much of the information which comes out of Congress is covered in partisanship. There are many issues and area of public policy where the unbiased, neutral, academic approach of the CRS would be more illuminating to the public than the sanitized versions committee chairs and ranking members push out through their websites. It seems ludicrous that research of all types done by the government is readily accessible - partly because we pay for it - yet CRS reports are not.

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