The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, November 22, 2003
They killed our access to CRS Reports! You bastards!
In the previous piece, looking at the question of riders to appropriation bills, I find with relief that there is a CRS Report on that very subject . I go to Rep Mark Green's CRS page - to find that they have all vanished! I've been there a good many times, but, obviously not so much recently. (FAS have a CRS page, but only for foreign and defence reports, and I've been getting my CRS fixes there for a while, I reckon.)
I find that Rep Chris Shays had a similar deal - his CRS page has gone, too.
A little digging proves this to be conspiracy, not cock-up: the Shays/Green access was an experiment, according to this - which CRS is not planning to restart.
A WaPo piece (February 17) goes further: it refers to S Res 54 from John McCain - designed to put a proper system of net access to CRS Reports in place - but makes clear that the CRS are positively Siberian about the idea:
The CRS, however, has issued a terse response to the idea, saying that it is not designed to perform -- at least not directly -- a "public information function" and that courts have upheld its role as a "confidential and exclusive adviser to Congress."
Charles Dickens' Circumlocution Office scarcely contained a greater concentration of jobsworths!
Why did the CRS allow the Shays/Green experiment in the first place? I sense a soap opera here of Guiding Light dimensions...
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