According to a news source, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, approved by Congress on January 16, 2014, includes a provision requiring the federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education parts of the legislation with research budgets exceeding $100 million to give the public online access to the research they fund within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition said in a news release that the provision will make some $31 billion of the total $60 billion annual U.S. taxpayer- funded research openly accessible. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who helped launch a National Institutes of Health public access program in 2008, reportedly  said, “Expanding this policy to public health and education research is a step toward a more transparent government and better science.” Increased accessibility to this information could help products-liability litigants who rely on scientific research to support their general-causation claims. See The Washington Post, January 17, 2014.