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November 12,  2001

Capitol Spotlight, http://www.c-span.org/capitolspotlight/

Capitol Spotlight is a website dedicated to monitoring and reporting on key votes in the U.S. Congress. It is a joint effort of Congressional Quarterly (a leader in political journalism) and C-SPAN (a political network created by America's cable companies) provided free of charge. Each week that Congress is in session, Capitol Spotlight provides in depth reporting and video coverage of important legislation. On the website you will find:

  • Key Vote Preview Story: brief articles by CQ reporters on featured pieces of legislation including background on the bills.
  • Key Vote Preview Interview: video and transcripts of interviews with CQ reporters on prominent legislation (produced by C-SPAN). For example, during the week of Nov. 5, 2001 Samuel Goldreich was interviewed about the bioterrorism legislation introduced by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN).
  • "Ask the Expert":  the general public asks CQ reporters questions about the week's featured vote.
  • Key Vote Story:  CQ reporters post a key vote story the day of a featured vote including vote results and party vote breakdowns.
  • Bills to Watch: a weekly update on important bills before Congress, including links to the full text of the bills on the Library of Congress Thomas website, http://thomas.loc.gov/.
  • Web Resources: links to websites related to the featured legislation.

The website contains an archive of key vote stories, preview stories, bills to watch, and chat transcripts from July 16, 2001 to the current time.

2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington