Choosing your Sources
When you set an email alert in CQ Federal, the first and most important step is selecting the sources you would like to pull from in your search. In this article, we will help you understand what our sources are so you can make the most of our recommendations.
Choosing your sources (found by navigating to 'Advanced Search' → 'Show All Sources') is similar to choosing items off of a menu for breakfast: whatever food items (sources) you choose will be what your search returns and what you consume for breakfast (email inbox).
Breakdown of all CQ Federal Sources
Below are descriptions of all sources available in CQ Federal. Bear in mind that the sources you have access to is dependent upon the package your organization has purchased. If you have any questions regarding the above, please. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amendment Text: Amendments made during hearings to bills.
Bill Text: Full text of all proposed bills.
Bill Analysis: Summaries of big ticket legislation, written by CQ's Editorial and Research teams.
Bill Track: Like Twitter for legislation. CQ reporters on the floor send updates of bills as they move, and you can follow those updates as they happen
Committee Rosters: Rosters and jurisdiction of various committees.
Congressional Record:Congress’s daily report of what they did. Think of it as Congress’s version of BillTrack or a binder reporting what occurred that day.
CRS Bill Digest: Summaries of all bills once they have been introduced.
Floor Video: Running closed captions of all floor proceedings with a minute and a half delay.
Floor Votes: Summaries and breakdowns of all floor votes by position; member or party.
Public Law Text: Text of bills passed and enacted to law.
U.S. Code: Public law once its codified into US code.
News and Schedule Sources
BNN Frontrunner and White House Bulletin: External news content platform that scrape hundreds of different sources.
CQ Budget: All CQ stories ever published on budget and appropriations.
CQ Magazine: A collection of in-depth, targeted, analytical news pieces released weekly.
CQ News: Granular, straightforward policy articles around all things happening on Capitol Hill.
CQ Health: All health articles from the CQ health newsletter.
Member Profiles: Summary on members with info on their districts; key legislation; key votes over their tenure; staff information, etc
Schedules: All scheduling info of policy events.
CQ Senate: Briefing-style format of everything upcoming and currently happening in the Senate.
Committee Testimony: Prepared statements of those testifying in committee hearings.
Congressional Transcripts: Verbatim coverage of all key Congressional hearings.
Financial Transcripts: All financially relevant transcripts from Congressional and Newsmaker transcript coverage.
Newsmaker Transcripts: Verbatim coverage of any event an elected official or popular policy maker speaks on a news outlet; during a press briefing; on the White House lawn, etc.
Documents & Analysis
Committee Coverage: Comprehensive summary of all full and subcommittee markups. Also includes vote breakdowns, markups and all committee amendments, released within 1-2 days of markups. CQ's version of committee reports, but non-partisan and without omitting information.
Committee Reports: Publicly available reports on markups.
CRS Reports: Detailed reports on anything, as requested by Congress.
Federal Register: All proposed rules, notices, etc for implementing laws.
Hot Docs: Cache of all policy documents, including CBO cost estimates; White House documents; Congressional press releases; draft bill text; draft amendment text, and more.
CQ House: Best-in-class analysis and database of the most important happenings on the House floor, both daily and weekly, for everything from bills to be considered; amendments to be considered, and upcoming votes.