Current House Proceedings
Current House Proceedings Provided by the Clerk: You can see up to the minute text summaries of floor procedures when the House of Representatives is in session. If you are watching House floor proceedings live on C-SPAN, use your web browser's "refresh" function periodically. Updates will appear in reverse chronological order.
Watch Live Video Footage Provided by C-SPAN: House proceedings live on your home, office or classroom computer via C-SPAN's website.
Current Legislative Schedules:
The Minority Whip (D) and the Majority Whip (R) publish a schedule of legislation the House intends to consider for the current week. This document is refered to as a "Whip Notice." (What is a Whip?)
Minority Whip Notice: Daily/weekly legislative calendar from the Democratic caucus.
Congressional Daily Schedule: The Congressional schedule for the day. Please be aware daily schedules are subject to change, so make sure to check the Whip's page for update.
Other Congressional Schedules and Information:
The United States Senate: The Senate homepage contains information on its current floor schedule. Additionally, in the Legislation and Records section, you can access information about recent senate legislative activity and votes.
Explaining the Legislative Process
Laws begin as ideas. First, a representative sponsors a bill. The bill is then assigned to a committee for study. If released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended. If the bill passes by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee and, if released, debated and voted on. Again, a simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill. Finally, a conference committee made of House and Senate members works out any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The resulting bill returns to the House and Senate for final approval. The Government Printing Office prints the revised bill in a process called enrolling. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.
For a less boring refresher, take a moment and watch this classic School House Rock explanation:
This page contains links to educational documents related to the federal legislative process.
- Tying It All Together: Explains the legislative process
- How Our Laws Are Made: A detailed description broken down in chapters of how a bill becomes a law