Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940
July 20, 1994
Congressional Research Service Marks 80th Birthday with Celebration July 26
WHAT: On July 16, 1914, an appropriation amendment introduced by Sen. Robert LaFollette, Sr. was approved with a provision to establish a Legislative Reference Division in the Library of Congress. It enabled the Librarian of Congress for the first time "to employ competent persons...to gather, classify, and make available...data for or bearing upon legislation, and to render such data serviceable to Congress and committees and members thereof." What came to be called the Legislative Reference Service, now the Congressional Research Service (CRS), was patterned after state legislative reference bureaus, the first of which was created in Wisconsin.
WHO: Sen. Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.) and Rep. David R. Obey (D- Wis.) are expected to speak to commemorate this occasion. CRS and Library staff, members of Congress, and congressional staff have been invited.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. The main entrance on the west side of the Jefferson Building will be open for the event.
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