ATR Releases Coalition Letter Urging Support for CRS Public Access

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Monday, February 29th, 2016, 8:00 AM PERMALINK


ATR President Grover Norquist today joined with 12 other free market, conservative groups urging Congress to make CRS reports available to the public.

Despite taxpayers spending $100 million per year on this research, they are not given easy access to CRS reports. Granting public access to these reports is a commonsense idea that will increase transparency, give taxpayers greater access to important information, and enrich public knowledge.

[Listen to Grover’s Latest Podcast on CRS Public Access]

The full letter can be found here and is pasted below:

Dear Chairman Miller, Chairman Blunt, and Vice Chairman Harper,

As a coalition of 13 conservative, free market organizations we urge you to expand public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports.

Each year CRS receives $100 million in taxpayer funding to produce and update thousands of nonpartisan reports describing government agencies, explaining public policy, and tallying government spending. They are an invaluable resource to Congress in its efforts to oversee our massive federal government and hold it accountable.

Members of Congress and their staff have easy access to CRS reports. So too do lobbyists and other Beltway insiders, who often pay for the reports through expensive subscription services. But taxpayers cannot easily get copies of CRS reports.

This policy is unfair and outdated. It also stands in stark contrast to other legislative branch agencies: both the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office release their reports to the public.

Making CRS reports easily accessible by the public will increase transparency in government, and allow everyday citizens access to important information that will better educate them on the issues before Congress.

The bottom line is taxpayers pay for these reports. It is only fair that they have easy access to them.

Sincerely,

Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Norm Singleton
President, Campaign for Liberty

Neil Bradley
Chief Strategy Officer, Conservative Reform Network

Tom Schatz
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Adam Brandon
President and CEO, Freedom Works

Michael Needham
CEO, Heritage Action for America

Seton Motley
President, Less Government

Michael Ostrolenk
Co-Founder, Liberty Coalition

Brandon Arnold
Executive Director, National Taxpayers Union

Jerry Taylor
President, Niskanen Center

Kevin Kosar
Senior Fellow and Director of the Governance Project, R Street Institute

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

 

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