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About the Senate Legislative Calendar

The Senate's Legislative Calendar is updated each day the Senate is in session. The calendar, composed of several sections, identifies bills and resolutions awaiting Senate floor actions. Most measures are placed on the calendar under the heading "General Orders" in the sequence in which they were added to the calendar. Other sections are provided to address special situations in which floor actions have been deferred and to show the status of bills in conference and of appropriations bills.

The sections of the calendar described below can be viewed individually from the GPO Web site.

Cross Index

This link to GPO provides all Senate and House measures placed on the Senate's Legislative Calendar under "General Orders" along with a cross index to the order number under which it is listed.

General Orders

This is a list of all Senate and House measures placed on the Senate's Legislative Calendar, pursuant to Senate Rule VIII, under "General Orders", sequenced by order number and eligible for Senate floor consideration

Resolutions / Orders to Lie Over

This document at GPO identifies all resolutions and motions ordered to "Lie Over, Under the Rule" when objection was heard to a request for immediate consideration. These measures will be laid before the Senate on the next legislative day for consideration unless, by unanimous consent, the Senate shall otherwise direct. (Rule XIV, Paragraph 6).

Bills in Conference

This document at GPO identifies and describes the current status of all bills and resolutions for which a joint House/Senate conference has been requested and conferees appointed.

Reconsideration Motions

This document at GPO identifies motions for reconsideration of a vote made or entered by a Senator from the prevailing side, or by a Senator who did not vote, and not yet acted on by the Senate as provided by Rule XIII, Paragraph 1.

Pending Business

Identifies the title and date of the Senate's Calendar of Business (Legislative). Items of pending and unfinished business are also described. Pending business represents measures or motions taken up by the Senate but not yet disposed of. Pending business becomes unfinished business when the Senate reconvenes following an adjournment to begin a new legislative day.

Joint Resolutions

This document identifies all bills and joint resolutions for which a Senator objected to proceeding to a second reading. These measures will be laid before the Senate during morning business of the next legislative day for the second reading. (Rule XIV, Paragraph 2.)


This links to a chart which identifies and describes the current status of all appropriations bills introduced in the current Congress.


View the House of Representatives Calendars.

These calendars list the days the Senate met for each session of Congress.

Use this guide to help you find the full text of recent bills and resolutions on the Web, or order them from the Senate or House Document Rooms, or you can find them in a library.