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ALA-backed bill to make CRS reports publicly available introduced

“Today, after months of behind-the-scenes stage-setting, the bipartisan “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016” was introduced in the House and Senate. The two identical bills (numbers pending) direct the US Government Publishing Office to release CRS reports online, allowing the public virtually the same free access to these high-quality reports on an enormous range of subjects that Members of ­Congress and their staffs have enjoyed for decades. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sponsored the bill in the Senate, while Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced the bill jointly in the House, starting the celebration of Sunshine Week a few days early.” (via District Dispatch)

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Former CRS employees put heat on Congress to make reports public

“Earlier today, a letter was delivered to a group of lawmakers with the power to push the Congressional Research Service (CRS) toward the sunlight. The letter urged them to make nonconfidential CRS reports available to the public. Signed by former employees of the CRS who together represent more than 500 years of experience at the agency, the letter calls for “timely, comprehensive free public access to CRS reports.” (via Sunlight Foundation)

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Issues for the 111th Congress

A CRS report

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