Congressman Mike Quigley, Representing the 5th District of Illinois 2012-07-16


“In an effort to increase transparency and access to congressional research services, Reps. Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced they have introduced the ‘Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Act of 2012.’  The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a little-known but highly regarded division of the Library of Congress.  The research service is by law exclusively for the use of members of Congress and congressional staff.  The Lance-Quigley measure would amend that law and allow the public release of congressional reports that CRS produces. ‘The Congressional Research Service is invaluable to lawmakers, who rely on its non-partisan work to help inform the policy decisions we make every day,’ said Congressman Mike Quigley. ‘Their policy reports are funded by American taxpayers and should be accessible to American taxpayers.  This legislation will put more power in the hands of the public and increase transparency, so that every day citizens can continue being the government’s best watchdog.’ ‘American taxpayers spend more than $100 million a year supporting the work of the Congressional Research Service,’ said Congressman Leonard Lance.  ‘It is good public policy to allow educators, students, members of the news media and everyday citizens access to CRS' non-partisan taxpayer-funded reports.  What is good for Congress should be good for the general public.’  The lawyers, economists, reference librarians, and social, natural, and physical scientists of CRS offer invaluable research and analysis to members of Congress on all current and emerging issues of national policy. CRS has a responsibility to ensure that members of the House and Senate and their staff have available the best possible information and analysis on which to base the policy decisions...”


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Date tagged:

07/16/2012, 14:34

Date published:

07/16/2012, 10:34