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Congressional Research Service Reports Now Available Online

These are the reports which are supplied to Congressmen and women. These inform and therefore influence our Congress on important matters on which they create legislation, discuss the issues, and vote. 

I know these reports are unbiased to the best of their abilities. 

No, there are issues not discussed fully in these reports. No, many of the nuances and implied meanings are also not included. Sometimes one must logically extrapolate, read between the lines, and observe from a distinctly different perspective, when reading these reports in order to understand many of the issues to their fullest. 

Don’t forget that sometimes individual Congresspeople have a different agenda, as do the parties, so, often, the vote or the bill defies logic and does not align with the CRS report. Politics happens. 

Everybody that I have ever known who has worked for the CRS is a legend in my eyes. They are the best and the brightest, and perform miracles on a daily basis. 

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September 17, 2018 by Gayle Osterberg

This is a guest post by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

I’m pleased to announce that, for the first time, the Library of Congress is providing Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public. The reports are available online at Created by experts in CRS, the reports present a legislative perspective on topics such as agriculture policy, counterterrorism operations, banking regulation, veteran’s issues and much more.

Founded over a century ago, CRS provides authoritative and confidential research and analysis for Congress’ deliberative use.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 directs the Library to also make CRS reports publicly available online. We worked closely with Congress to make sure that we had a mutual understanding of the law’s requirements and Congress’ expectations in our approach to this project.

The result is a new public website for CRS reports based on the same search functionality that Congress uses – designed to be as user friendly as possible – that allows reports to be found by common keywords. We believe the site will be intuitive for the public to use and will also be easily updated with enhancements made to the congressional site in the future.

Moving forward, all new or updated reports will be added to the website as they are made available to Congress. The Library is also working to make available the back catalog of previously published reports as expeditiously as possible. More details about this process can be found on the site’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

CRS reports supplement the official congressional information the Library provides on its congress.govwebsite.

In keeping with our desire to engage users with the Library and its materials, we are happy to see these reports put to the widest use possible. I hope that you find them a useful addition to the many resources available to you from the Library of Congress.