Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Library of Congress: The Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is an agency within the Library of Congress that works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate.


The purpose of this two-year program grant is to support the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in its work to enhance and expand the scope of public policy and legislative issue seminars and services offered to Freshmen Members of Congress and their staff. CRS developed programming and services that focuses on “big-picture” bipartisan dialogue among congressional colleagues. The grant supports the following three programs:

1. The New Member Seminar (NMS) introduces newly elected Members to legislative process and procedures, examines the most salient policy issues anticipated for the coming Congress.

2. The Staff Seminar is held annually with the same goals of supporting the information needs of congressional staffers.

3. Building upon the NMS, the Freshmen Member Series consists of bipartisan discussions held in collaboration with the freshman class presidents throughout the 115th Congress.

CRS consists of a staff of approximately 600 employees dedicated to helping provide for a more informed national legislature, including lawyers, economists, reference librarians, and analysts in the social, natural, and physical sciences. The breadth and depth of CRS’s expertise enables the Service to assist Members, committees and congressional staff throughout the legislative process.


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Total Commitment

2015: Up to $100,000 over two years.