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CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY INTRODUCES HILLFAX, MAJOR COMMITTEE VOTES; INNOVATIVE HILLFAX SERVICE PROVIDES INSTANT CONGRESSIONAL UPDATES

 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressional Quarterly Inc. (CQ) today announced a series of new features designed to keep CQ on the cutting-edge of daily news and information services that cover Capitol Hill. The most significant announcement is today's national launch of HillFax, a research and information service that provides instant custom reports via fax on congressional, legislative and related topics to anyone with a touch- tone phone and fax machine.
 "HillFax is the vanguard of the next generation of research tools," said CQ editor and publisher Neil Skene. "We've already made the leap from stacks of dusty newspapers to a few keystrokes on a computer database. Now you don't even need a computer. HillFax is available 24 hours a day to anyone who has access to a touch-tone telephone and a fax machine, wherever and whenever they need it -- at work, at home, in a hotel or an airport."
 In addition to the introduction of HillFax, CQ also announced two other notable changes to the Congressional Monitor, CQ's daily newsletter: the addition of major committee votes and the introduction of paid advertisements. These are the first of several changes expected over the next 90 days. The Congressional Monitor will now the be the only daily publication to provide summaries of major committee votes in Congress. CQ will report on the major votes of the previous day, provide a narrative capsule of the committee action and summarize each member's vote on specific bills.
 "These changes will ensure that CQ remains the premiere authority on Congress and national politics," said Skene. "We not only provide more information about Capitol Hill than anyone else but get it to you whenever you need it most."
 HillFax provides instant access to summaries and status of House and Senate legislation, committee schedules, profiles of individual members of Congress, articles from the CQ Weekly Report and daily CQ news items. The information on HillFax, compiled by CQ's staff of 100 reporters, researchers and editors, is updated several times a day.
 "This makes HillFax the perfect tool for government relations professionals, lobbyists, political consultants and anyone else who needs up-to-the-minute information on Congress," said Skene.
 Within each of CQ's HillFax subject areas -- bills, members, Weekly Report articles, schedules and news -- callers can request reports which are automatically faxed back to them.
 Reports from CQ's HillFax cost $5 per page, with a maximum charge per report of $50 -- there is no minimum charge or subscription fee. Callers will be prompted to enter a credit card number, and CQ subscribers have the option of being billed monthly. If the caller's fax machine is busy, CQ's HillFax will automatically redial until the fax goes through.
 "Once again, CQ is taking the lead in developing a user-friendly way to follow the people, events and issues on Capitol Hill," said Skene. "This first stage of redesign has broadened CQ into an around-the-clock news and information source. And more changes are yet to come."
 Congressional Quarterly is the nation's leading non-partisan authority on Congress and American politics. Since 1945, CQ's Weekly Report has been the "bible" on Congress -- providing complete, accurate, objective coverage of all significant events on Capitol Hill. Every office in the Senate and 99 percent of the offices in the House of Representatives have subscriptions to CQ's Weekly Report.
 In addition to publication, CQ also provides a wide array of research and information services, including:
 -- Washington Alert Online Service -- an electronic publishing
 service on Congress, politics and national affairs:
 -- Professional Education Service -- intensive, thorough seminars
 that provide a personal link to the processes and policies of
 government and politics; and
 -- Professional Reference and College Textbooks -- library
 references, books and college texts on Congress, American
 Government and public policy.
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 /NOTE: HillFax is a trademark./
 /CONTACT: David Glass or Andrew Weinstein for Congressional Quarterly, 202-667-0901/


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