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About the CRS

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives. CRS is well-known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan.

Congressional Research Service reports are not distributed to depository libraries like Colgate.

CRS Texts

ProQuest Congressional (1912-2012)

University of North Texas
Attempts to collection all CRS reports freely available on the web, including some from the collections listed below. Can browse by subject or search.  

Federation of American Scientists
CRS reports are retrieved as part of a search of the FAS site along with other documents.

  • Secrecy & Information Policy
  • Intelligence
  • Homeland Security
  • Nuclear Weapons & Amrs Control
  • Conventional Weapons Systems
  • Terrorism
  • General National Security Topics
  • Middle East
  • Foreign Policy and Regional Affairs
  • Space Policy
  • Miscellaneous Topics

The Federation of American Scientists is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501c3 organization founded in 1945 as the Federation of Atomic Scientists. Founders were members of the Manhattan Project, creators of the atom bomb, and were concerned about the implications of its use for the future of humankind.  Online, openly available collection of CRS reports available on Congress's internal website. Some information is redacted. Older CRS reports.

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