By DANA LIEBELSON
A bipartisan group of representatives introduced a bill Wednesday that would give the public unprecedented access to valuable congressional reports.
Taxpayers pour over $100 million into the Congressional Research Service (CRS) each year but aren’t allowed access to its work. CRS compiles expert advice, and produces nonpartisan briefs for Members of Congress and their staff. These reports cover everything from international terrorist issues, to Food and Drug Administration oversight, to military space programs—many issues that are important to voters.
The Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Resolution was introduced by Rep. Lance Leonard (R-N.J.) and is cosponsored by Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Timothy V. Johnson (R-Ill.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).