What's Going on in Washington?
If you are looking for up to the minute, up to the day, or long-term coverage of a policy or funding in issue in Washington, there is an online resource available for your use.
Q. What is happening on the House or Senate floor right now?
A. The House of Representatives tracks floor action and posts votes within a few minutes of action. The Senate does not provide floor tracking to the general public.
Q. How can I find out what happened yesterday on the House or Senate floor?
Q. How can I research the legislative history of an issue?
A. The relevant professional societies/associations track specific issues over the longer term. Additionally, Congressional Quarterly has a "Top Docs"
feature that has a directory of many Congressional Research Service reports for your use. These reports are prepared for Congress and their staff but are available for public use if a Member shares them with CQ or a constituent. If you do not see a report that covers the issue you are interested in, we can always call a Congressional Office
and ask them to do a search for a specific report.
Q. The Appropriations Committee just marked-up a bill that might have an earmark for my campus - where can I find this information as soon as possible?
A. If the document is not yet loaded into www.congress.gov
in the Appropriations chart, I suggest that you look in the "Top Docs"
section of Congressional Quarterly. CQ will be the first online source for these documents. However, always feel free to call your Member of Congress
to see if their staff can call the Committee to look at the bill for you.