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Selected CRS Reports

02.28.07 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

Analysts at the Congressional Research Service continue to churn out reports for Congress faster than they can reasonably be digested. Not all of them are of broad interest, nor do they consistently offer original content or significant analytical insight.

But as long as Congress refuses to make them available online to the general public, there seems to be value in our helping to do so.

Recent CRS products that are not already available in other online public collections such as OpenCRS and the State Department’s Foreign Press Center include the following.

“Is China a Threat to the U.S. Economy?,” updated January 23, 2007.

“China’s Trade with the United States and the World,” updated January 4, 2007.

“Yemen: Current Conditions and U.S. Relations,” updated January 4, 2007.

“State and Urban Area Homeland Security Plans and Exercises: Issues for the 110th Congress,” updated January 3, 2007.

“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,” updated January 19, 2007.

“Environmental Activities of the U.S. Coast Guard,” updated January 16, 2007.

“The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA): A Summary,” updated January 3, 2007.

“Countries of the World and International Organizations: Sources of Information,” updated January 8, 2007.

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