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. Other sections are provided to address special situations in which floor actions have been deferred and to show the status of both bills in conference and of appropriations bills.
The sections of the calendar described below can be viewed individually from the GPO website.
Cover and Special Orders
A list of senators and the year in which their term expires
Other, select and special committees
Joint committees of Congress
Index of General Orders with corresponding order numbers.
This section 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.
This is a list of all Senate and House measures placed on the Senate's Legislative Calendar, pursuant to Senate Rule VIII. The measures are sequenced by order number and are eligible for Senate floor consideration. Most measures are placed under this heading.
Notice of Intent to Object
This section lists the instances when a senator has notified the appropriate leader, or their designee, and submitted in writing for inclusion in the Congressional Record and Calendar of Business their objection to an unanimous consent agreement to the “proceeding to” or “passage of” a measure. (Sec. 512, P.L. 110-81)
Subjects on the Table, Motions for Reconsideration
This section lists topics that are still eligible for consideration and lists all motions that senators have entered for later Senate consideration.
Bills in Conference
This document identifies and describes the current status of all bills and resolutions for which a joint House/Senate conference has been requested and conferees appointed.
This links to a chart which identifies and describes the current status of all appropriations bills introduced in the current Congress.
For additional information about this topic, read the CRS report The Senate's Calendar of Business.