In episode 55 of The Grover Norquist Show, Kevin Kosar of the R Street Institute joins Grover to discuss the issues of government transparency, specifically in regards to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), and why CRS reports should be released to the public to enhance citizens’ knowledge of public policy issues that matter to them.
The CRS has over 600 employees and provide Congress with non-partisan reports on everything from agriculture policy to the effect of raising the minimum wage. These reports are only made available to Members of Congress and their staff, but often are leaked and can be found scattered over the Internet. An easy solution to this problem, would be Congress ordering the CRS to create a public website or database so all taxpayers can see what their money is funding. While the CRS transparency issue is not one that gets much attention, creating a public website is a small step towards a more accessible, accountable government.
It is imperative that Republicans and Democrats alike urge their Congressman and Senators and move forward and make these reports public as a common-sense, bi-partisan measure that benefits the public good.
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