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July 16, 2014 Published in From Congress, Other News

Moran Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of CRS

Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Congressional Research Service today. First established as the Legislative Reference Service in 1914, the CRS provides legislative research and analysis to Members of Congress.

“The Congressional Research Service has proven a suburb resource to Congress during the past century by offering objective, nonpartisan comprehensive research on the issues that matter most to the American people,” said Rep. Moran. “CRS has armed Members of Congress with the knowledge and information needed to be effective lawmakers.”

CRS is staffed by more than 600 expert policy analysts that produce reports and confidential memoranda at the request of Members, while also holding periodical briefings and seminars open to Members and their staffs.

In FY 2013, CRS processed nearly 70,000 requests for information from Members and Committees, totaling 636,000 responses.

CRS has provided valuable information to the American public through its nearly 10,000 online reports.

“CRS has been instrumental in communicating legislative activity to our constituents.  Their work provides the country with the transparency any legislature needs to effectively represent its citizens,” added Rep. Moran.

CRS also hosts “THOMAS,” a legislative information-tracking system that anyone can access to read the text of bills, along with information about sponsors, co-sponsors, committee assignments, and key vote dates.

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