Statistics and Historical Comparison

Here are counts of bills and resolutions by status and by when they were introduced or enacted.

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Bills by Final Status

This table breaks down the bills and resolutions introduced in each two-year Congress by their final status. Note that the current Congress is not yet finished.

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Congress Enacted Laws Passed Resolutions Got A Vote Failed Legislation Vetoed Bills (w/o Override) Other Legislation TOTAL
114th
Jan 6, 2015
-present
2%
6%
6%
0%
0%
86%
12,021
113th
Jan 3, 2013
-Jan 2, 2015
3%
6%
4%
0%
0%
86%
10,637
112th
Jan 5, 2011
-Jan 3, 2013
2%
6%
3%
0%
0%
88%
12,299
111th
Jan 6, 2009
-Dec 22, 2010
3%
11%
4%
0%
0%
82%
13,675
110th
Jan 4, 2007
-Jan 3, 2009
3%
10%
6%
0%
0%
80%
14,042
109th
Jan 4, 2005
-Dec 9, 2006
4%
8%
5%
0%
0%
84%
13,072
108th
Jan 7, 2003
-Dec 9, 2004
5%
8%
7%
0%
0%
81%
10,669
107th
Jan 3, 2001
-Nov 22, 2002
4%
6%
6%
0%
0%
84%
10,789
106th
Jan 6, 1999
-Dec 15, 2000
6%
7%
6%
0%
0%
81%
10,840
105th
Jan 7, 1997
-Dec 19, 1998
4%
7%
6%
0%
0%
82%
9,141
104th
Jan 4, 1995
-Oct 4, 1996
4%
7%
6%
0%
0%
82%
7,991
103rd
Jan 5, 1993
-Dec 1, 1994
5%
5%
5%
0%
0%
85%
9,822
102nd
Jan 3, 1991
-Oct 9, 1992
5%
5%
5%
0%
0%
84%
12,016
101st
Jan 3, 1989
-Oct 28, 1990
6%
5%
5%
0%
0%
84%
11,787
100th
Jan 6, 1987
-Oct 22, 1988
7%
3%
5%
0%
0%
85%
11,278
99th
Jan 3, 1985
-Oct 18, 1986
6%
3%
5%
0%
0%
86%
11,602
98th
Jan 3, 1983
-Oct 12, 1984
6%
3%
5%
0%
0%
87%
12,202
97th
Jan 5, 1981
-Dec 23, 1982
4%
3%
4%
0%
0%
89%
13,236
96th
Jan 15, 1979
-Dec 16, 1980
5%
6%
4%
0%
0%
85%
14,590
95th
Jan 4, 1977
-Oct 15, 1978
4%
4%
3%
0%
0%
89%
22,313
94th
Jan 14, 1975
-Oct 1, 1976
3%
4%
3%
0%
0%
90%
24,285
93rd
Jan 3, 1973
-Dec 20, 1974
3%
3%
2%
0%
0%
91%
26,222

Here is what we mean in each column:

When does Congressional activity occur?

These charts show when during the course of the two-year Congressional sessions activity tends to occur. Note that each Congress starts a few days into January and finishes a few days into January two calendar years later.

This first chart shows when bills and resolutions tend to be introduced. It shows that legislation tends to be introduced early on in the session.

This next chart shows when bills and joint resolutions tend to be enacted (either by being signed by the president or by a veto being overridden). It shows that about half of all legislation that will be enacted is enacted only in the final quarter of the session.

Use the cumulative percent charts to estimate how much has yet to occur in the current session of Congress. For instance, the cumulative percent of bills enacted for December in the first year of a session is 33%, meaning that while the session is half over, only one-third of the number of bills that will be enacted have been enacted by that point.