- What is an Alert?
- How to create an alert via advanced search
- Example Alerts
What is an Alert?
CQ Federal alerts are real-time or scheduled customizable emails meant to update you on all the bills; committees; Congressional events; members and keywords/issues you care about.
Bear in mind that the alerts you can create are based off of the package you have access to within CQ Federal.
How to create an alert via advanced search
To set an alert, create your advanced search. Once you have the results you'd like, simply:
- Head to the upper right hand corner of the results page;
- Click 'Save as Alert';
- Name the alert; set the time you'd like it to arrive, and save.
Hearings & Markups
If you're looking to track what happens in hearings or markups for a specific committee or subcommittee, follow these steps:
1. Select 'Committee Coverage' and 'Hot Docs' as your sources.
2. Select 'Committees' as your subtopic and choose the specific committee/subcommittee you'd like to track.
3. Or, select 'Bills' as your subtopic and select the bills you'd like to track.
4. Click 'Search.'
5. Click 'Save as Alert' in the upper righthand corner.
6. Then, you'll get a real-time email whenever a transcript for a hearing is released; when CQ's proprietary coverage of markups is released; when votes occur, and so on.
Keywords & Bills
If you have a specific bill or set of bills you'd like to track, you may want to set an alert to be notified about any releveant updates as they relate to the bill(s). Here's how:
1. Select the sources you see below.
2. Select 'Bills' as a subtopic.
3. Enter the bill numbers you'd like to track.
4. Hit 'Search.'
5. Click 'Save as Alert' in upper righthand corner.
If you'd like to be alerted about major actions, speeches, proposed amendments or co-sponsorships of a specific member of Congress, select the appropriate sources, (see below for an example), and then 'Members' as a subtopic.