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CQ Almanac

CQ Almanac is the definitive annual reference for studying the U.S. Congress. Building on the in-depth reporting and analysis done throughout the year by CQ Roll Call's award-winning news staff, the Almanac offers original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered, including how bills are changed, derailed, or ultimately passed, during a congressional session. Arranged thematically, CQ Almanac organizes, distills, and cross-indexes for permanent reference the full year in Congress and in national politics since 1945. Its clear and concise language makes the Almanac an essential resource for scholars, journalists, interested citizens, and students of the U.S. legislative system.

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Content and Features

  • Key votes chosen as the most critical in determining the outcome of congressional action
  • Analysis of roll call votes cast in Congress with easy-to-read tables
  • Legislative profiles, including bills enacted into law during the year
  • Policy Tracker can be used to explore a specific policy topic and see how it has changed over the years
  • Available annually as an online edition, or as a fully archived backfile collection dating from 1945 to present


How CQ Almanac supports research

  • With a retrospective, unbiased perspective on the issues that mattered most in a given year, CQ Almanac supports research in American government, politics, public policy, U.S. history, current events, and international relations.

Also available! CQ Almanac Archive

  • The CQ Almanac Archive offers digital access and ownership of more than 70 years of congressional activity as covered in this renowned legacy publication.