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Bills and Resolutions

2 bills and resolutions are on the House and Senate calendars for the coming days.

The Senate added the bill to its floor schedule for the following day on Dec 2, 2016.

This bill has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on October 6, 2015.

The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Nov 25, 2016.

Once bills are scheduled for floor action they typically have enough support to pass!

There are 11,853 bills and resolutions currently before the United States Congress, but of those only about 4% will become law.

Congress works in two-year legislative sessions tied to the elections. The current session is called the 114th Congress and it began on Jan 6, 2015. All bills not enacted by the end of the session on Jan 3, 2017 die, and Congress will start over.

Because there are so many bills and resolutions, it can be difficult to find the one you are looking for. Please consider your options:

Suggested ways to find a bill

Start by using the subject areas listed on this page.

Or use our advanced search to find bills by status, subject area, sponsor, or other fields.

Search for bills whose text contains a keyword

Since bills often contain legal terminology in place of everyday words, it is often easier to find a bill using one of the other methods above.

Advanced tools

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

Subject areas

Subject areas are assigned to bills by the Library of Congress.

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  • New Bills and Resolutions
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Other ways to get alerts

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If you are interested in a particular bill, start by finding that bill.

You can also get alerts for subject areas and bills assigned to committees.

If you are interested in the legislative activity of your representative and senators, start by finding who represents you.

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Since bills often contain legal terminology in place of everyday words, we only recommend this for legislative professionals.

You can also get alerts based on citations to the United States Code.

Here is a breakdown of all 11,853 bills and resolutions currently before Congress:

Enacted Laws

There are 248 enacted bills and joint resolutions so far in this session of Congress.

Passed Resolutions

There are 689 passed resolutions so far in this session of Congress (for joint and concurrent resolutions, passed both chambers).

Got A Vote

There are 696 bills and joint/concurrent resolutions that had a significant vote in one chamber, making them likely to have further action.

Failed Legislation

There are 22 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 9 bills that were vetoed and the veto was not overridden by Congress:

Other Legislation

There are 10,189 bills and resolutions that have been introduced, referred to committee, or reported by committee and await further action.


Historical Information

We’ve also compiled historical statistics about how many bills are enacted and when during the legislative session activity tends to occur.

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