Update on Legislation to Access CRS Reports

Back in December, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on the E-Government Reauthorization Act of 2007 (S. 2321), introduced by Committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT). As we reported here in the Blawg, Chairman Lieberman introduced another piece of legislation at the hearing, S.RES.401, to provide the public with access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) publications online.

The proposal is now stalled in the Senate Rules Committee. Chairwoman of the Committee Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) supports a scaled-back plan for public access to CRS reports, in which members would choose whether to make reports public. For details about this development, please see Dan Friedman’s article on GovExec.com and a summary of the issue at stake by Sunlight Foundation’s John Wonderlich at the Open House Project.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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