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About the Senate Legislative Calendar

The Senate's Calendar of Business 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
    • Date when each session of the current Congress convened and adjourned sine die
    • Provides the number of days the Senate has met during each session
    • Displays time and date the Senate is next scheduled to convene
    • Lists any unfinished or pending business
    • Lists any unanimous consent agreements that continue to apply to legislative business the Senate is considering
  • Senate Membership

    A list of senators and the year in which their term expires

  • Committee Assignments
  • Other, Select and Special Committees
  • Joint Committees of Congress
  • Cross Index

    Index of General Orders with corresponding order numbers.

    This section provides all Senate and House measures placed on the Senate's 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 Calendar of Business, 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.

  • Appropriations

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

    Read the CRS report The Senate's Calendar of Business (PDF) for additional information about the Calendar of Business.