Sunday Sessions of the Senate (since 1861) 
This list is not comprehensive for dates before 1945. Additional Sunday sessions may have occurred for which no records have been found.

Date

Votes

Topic of Debate

Time In

Time Out

Dec 15, 2013

0

Budget resolution; Defense authorization

1:00 p.m.

1:20 p.m.

Oct 13, 2013

Dec 30, 2012

0

2

Debt Limit

Fiscal Cliff

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

4:46 p.m.

7:26 p.m.

Jul 31, 2011

1

Debt limit

12:00 p.m.

8:36 p.m.

Dec 19, 2010

2

New Start Treaty

12:00 p.m.

7:12 p.m.

Dec 20, 2009

0

Health care reform

1:00 p.m.

11:31 p.m.

Dec 13, 2009

1

Omnibus spending bill; Health care reform

1:30 p.m.

5:01 p.m.

Dec 6, 2009

2

Health care reform

12:30 p.m.

5:24 p.m.

Jan 11, 2009

1

Omnibus Public Land Management bill

1:00 p.m.

2:24 p.m.

Jul 27, 2008

0

Pro forma session

10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Dec 23, 2007

0

Pro forma session

11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Dec 18, 2005

0

Awaiting various conference reports

6:00 p.m.

8:37 p.m.

Mar 20, 2005

0

Relief of the parents of Terri Schiavo

2:00 p.m.

4:40 p.m.

Oct 10, 2004

1

JOBS bill (corporate tax)

10:30 a.m.

9:20 p.m.

Nov 23, 2003

0

Medicare prescription drugs

1:00 p.m.

10:45 p.m.

Oct 29, 2000

1

Continuing resolution

4:00 p.m.

7:58 p.m.

Nov 9, 1997

0

Appropriations

1:00 p.m.

8:50 p.m.

Dec 31, 1995

0

Continuing resolution; furloughed agencies

12:00 p.m.

1:40 p.m.

Dec 17, 1995

0

Continuing resolution; furloughed agencies

5:00 p.m.

6:13 p.m.

Nov 19, 1995

0

Continuing resolution; furloughed agencies

2:30 p.m.

7:28 p.m.

Oct 28, 1990

3

Clean air; year-end measures

  (Continued session from 10/27/90)

9:00 a.m.

  (10/27/90)

2:17 a.m.*

  (10/28/90)

Oct 7, 1990

0

Budget resolution

6:00 p.m.

6:10 p.m.

Sep 30, 1990

0

Continuing resolution; debt limit

6:30 p.m.

7:34 p.m.

Nov 19, 1989

0

Labor/HHS approps.; catastrophic health

1:00 p.m.

10:45 p.m.

Dec 20, 1987

0

Continuing appropriations

6:00 p.m.

8:28 p.m.

Oct 6, 1985

2

Public debt; balanced budget

3:00 p.m.

6:12 p.m.

Dec 19, 1982

4

Gas tax; highways

2:00 p.m.

8:34 p.m.

Nov 22, 1981

2

Continuing appropriations

1:30 p.m.

10:34 p.m.

Oct 15, 1978

7

Energy tax; income tax

  (Continued session from 10/14/78)

9:00 a.m.

  (10/14/78)

7:16 p.m.*

  (10/15/78)

Dec 2, 1973

3

Public debt limit; campaign finance

10:00 a.m.

11:58 a.m.

Jul 3, 1960

3

Sugar Act

  (Continued Session from 7/2/60)

10:00 a.m.

  (7/2/60)

8:33 a.m.

  (7/3/60)

Jul 6, 1952

4

Supplemental appropriations FY 1953

  (Continued session from 7/5/52)

12:00 p.m.

  (7/5/52)

5:09 p.m.

  (7/6/52)

Jul 27, 1947

4

Second supp. approps.; conference rpts.

  (Continued session from 7/26/47)

12:00 p.m.

  (7/26/47)

3:50 a.m.

  (7/27/47)

Mar 3, 1929

1

Enlarging Capitol grounds

11:23 a.m.

11:40 a.m.

Mar 4, 1923

0

Sugar bill

10:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Dec 15, 1918

0

Memorial addresses for Senator Tillman

11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Mar 3, 1861

20

Slavery; Constitution

12:30 p.m.

Time not

   recorded*