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Congressional Roll Call 2009

Congressional Roll Call 2009

by CQ Press Editors (Editor)

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Published annually since 1972, Historic Documents is a compilation containing an eclectic range of primary sources. Among this year's 70 entries are the inauguration speeches of Barack Obama and Iceland's first female prime minister, the Dubai credit crisis press releases, the FBI dispatches on the attempted Christmas Day bombing, and a South Korean report on Bill Clinton's visit to North Korea. Documents on congressional actions and policy statements are also well represented. The introductory essay provides an informative overview of the year's major events, while a useful introduction similarly precedes each document (arranged chronologically by month). This volume also contains a helpful keyword-accessible cumulative five year index.Since many Americans—especially budding activists—want to know the voting records of their elected representatives, these citizens, along with students and many others, would benefit from the latest Congressional Roll Call. This well-organized work has three sections: key votes on President-sponsored and other major legislation, legislative summaries, and a comprehensive compilation of roll call votes in the House and Senate during the first session of the 111th Congress. An excellent index by subject provides quick access to an individual representative's voting record by issue. BOTTOM LINE Historic Documents is an outstanding compilation containing both interesting and hard-to-locate primary sources. Libraries that can afford the expensive CQ online version will benefit users wanting its almost four-decade collection, searchable by keyword. Otherwise, the far less costly single-year print edition may suffice. Similarly, current and past congressional votes are available in other CQ-bundled databases, but cost again may be a crucial factor. While the free THOMAS website from the Library of Congress provides some congressional voting material, both the CQ online database and the less-expensive but also less-comprehensive print version of Congressional Roll Call offer distinctive information, accessibility, and analysis.

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