Text: S.Res.118 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (04/29/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 118


To provide Internet access to certain Congressional Research Service publications.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 29, 2009

Mr. Lieberman (for himself, Mr. McCain, Mr. Harkin, Ms. Collins, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Lugar, and Mr. Feingold) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration


RESOLUTION

To provide Internet access to certain Congressional Research Service publications.

Resolved,

SECTION 1. Public availability of information.

The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate shall make information available to the public in accordance with the provisions of this resolution.

SEC. 2. Availability of certain Congressional Research Service information.

(a) Availability of information.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, in consultation with the Director of the Congressional Research Service, shall make available through a centralized electronic system, for purposes of access and retrieval by the public under section 3 of this resolution—

(A) all information described in paragraph (2) that is available through the Congressional Research Service website; and

(B) an index of all information described in paragraph (2) that is available through the Congressional Research Service website.

(2) INFORMATION TO BE MADE AVAILABLE.—The information to be made available under paragraph (1) is the following:

(A) Congressional Research Service Issue Briefs.

(B) Congressional Research Service Reports that are available to Members of Congress through the Congressional Research Service website.

(C) Congressional Research Service Authorization of Appropriations Products and Appropriations Products.

(b) Limitations.—

(1) CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.—Subsection (a) does not apply to—

(A) any information that is confidential, as determined by—

(i) the Director of the Congressional Research Service; or

(ii) the head of a Federal department or agency that provided the information to the Congressional Research Service; or

(B) any documents that are the product of an individual, office, or committee research request (other than a document described in subsection (a)(2)).

(2) REDACTION AND REVISION.—In carrying out this section, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, in consultation with the Director of the Congressional Research Service, may—

(A) remove from the information required to be made available under subsection (a) the name and phone number of, and any other information regarding, an employee of the Congressional Research Service;

(B) remove from the information required to be made available under subsection (a) any material for which the Director of the Congressional Research Service, determines that making that material available under subsection (a) may infringe the copyright of a work protected under title 17, United States Code; and

(C) make any changes in the information required to be made available under subsection (a) that the Director of the Congressional Research Service, determines necessary to ensure that the information is accurate and current.

(c) Manner.—The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, in consultation with the Director of the Congressional Research Service, shall make the information required under this section available in a manner that is practical and reasonable.

SEC. 3. Method of access.

(a) CRS information.—Public access to Congressional Research Service information made available under section 2 shall be provided through the websites maintained by Members and Committees of the Senate. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall ensure that the websites maintained by Members and Committees of the Senate provide the same capability to find information made available under section 2 as the Congressional Research Service website.

(b) Editorial responsibility for CRS reports online.—The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate is responsible for maintaining and updating the information made available on the Internet under section 2.

SEC. 4. Implementation.

The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate shall establish the database described in section 2(a) within 6 months after the date of adoption of this resolution.


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