The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to 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.
CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives.
While these reports are timely and thorough, they are not officially part of the legislative process and therefore are not distributed through the Federal Depository Library system. Generally available on request from your members of Congress, many organizations realize the value of these reports and seek to collect them and make them publicly available.