Every year thousands of pieces of legislation are introduced in the Senate. These measures are divided into four types: bills (the most common), joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions. Every piece of legislation introduced in the Senate is assigned a number and sent to the Government Printing Office where it is then made available to the public a short time later. There are multiple ways in which individuals can access legislation:
In addition to the "On the Senate Floor" report, the Senate Calendar of Business and the Daily Digest portion of the Congressional Record, which are all published daily when the Senate is in session, are useful for identifying current legislation. Legislation listed in these resources can then be searched for on THOMAS.