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Bills and Resolutions

Around 10,000 bills and resolutions are considered by the U.S. Congress in each two-year session, but of those only about 4% will become law. The current two-year session is called the 114th Congress.

Coming Up This Week

2 bills and resolutions are on the House and Senate calendars for the coming days. Once bills are scheduled for floor action, they typically have enough support to pass.

The Senate added the bill to its floor schedule for the following day on May 22, 2015.

Status: This bill is provisionally dead due to a failed vote for cloture on May 12, 2015. Cloture is required to move past a Senate filibuster or the threat of a filibuster and takes a 3/5ths vote. In practice, most bills must pass cloture to move forward in the Senate.

The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on May 13, 2015.

Browse Bills by Status

Here is a breakdown of all 4,611 bills and resolutions currently before Congress:

Enacted Laws

There are 18 enacted bills and joint resolutions so far in this session of Congress.

Passed Resolutions

There are 181 passed resolutions so far in this session of Congress (for joint and concurrent resolutions, passed both chambers).

Got A Vote

There are 126 bills and joint/concurrent resolutions that had a significant vote in one chamber, making them likely to have further action.

Failed Legislation

There are 4 bills and resolutions that failed a vote on passage and are now dead or failed a significant vote such as cloture, passage under suspension, or resolving differences:

Vetoed Bills (w/o Override)

There are 2 bills that were vetoed and the veto was not overridden by Congress:

Other Legislation

There are 4,280 bills and resolutions that have been introduced, referred to committee, or reported by committee and await further action.

Browse Bills by Subject

NEW: Browse bills by the section of the United States Code they refer to.

Use the Library of Congress’s subject categorization of bills and resolutions to explore pending legislation in Congress.