Politicizing the Congressional Research Service

Friday, December 21, 2012


Last week, the Congressional Research Service released an updated version of a report that repudiates a mainstay of conservative economic doctrine: namely, that reducing top marginal tax rates spurs economic growth. Despite the CRS's bipartisan track record, and despite the report's potentially explosive implications for the ongoing "fiscal cliff" debate, the media have barely paid it any attention. Roll Call reporter Emma Dumain talks with Bob about the peculiar role of the CRS as a non-partisan football in a fiercely partisan game. 

The Accidental- The Killing Floor


Emma Dumain

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Bob Garfield

Comments [2]

I agree with Mr. Roche. The CRS should have an open link to the public & media for its reports. It's the closest thing we have to an independent source of examined data whereas the GPO only releases "approved" documents & is influenced by both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

It was the CRS that post-Iran Contra released the English translation of the Guerilla Handbook that the School of the Americas & CIA distributed in Central & South America.

Consumer protection for Congress can start with a more independent & transparent CRS.

Thanks for the document link.

Dec. 23 2012 04:47 PM
Tom Roche

Thanks for posting a link to this report: of the ridiculously small media reaction to this re-release, yours has the only link to the actual document which I've seen. Which reminds me of one more thing: the next time youse are on one of your goo-goo openness kicks (for which, thanks in advance), you might mention that, Congressional Research Service reports are still (in 2012!) not directly available to the public. Usually they can only be obtained via one's representative, or, as in this case, via one of the parties or committees.

Dec. 22 2012 11:06 AM

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