Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Research Tip, En Pointe

From the erudite and graceful Tom Bartee,

The Congressional Research Service, technically a branch of the
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Library of Congress, provides research for members of Congress and their staff, including analyzing and drafting legislation and generating reports. The CRS, with hundreds of employees and a budget of over $100 million, is prolific. Although the CRS doesn’t directly publish its reports, the Federation of American Scientists gathers the non-confidential ones and makes them available on-line. Reports include legislative history research, statutory construction (a real page-turner, by the way), congressional authority to regulate firearms, electronic privacy, the aggravated identity theft statute, obstruction statutes, and the list goes on. Really a great resource. The link to CRS reports posted by the FAS is http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/.

-- Melody


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