Congressional Procedures, Rules and Norms

We provide summary information on how bills become laws, but what if you need the details?

The Congressional Research Service (aka CRS) can help. We’ve arranged a selection of up-to-date Congressional Research Service guides on procedures, rules and norms by legislative step, and where appropriate, chamber. Since all of these things do change, you can expect this page to be updated periodically.

Reports via EveryCRSReport.com.

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Comprehensive Legislative Research Guides

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General Guides to Procedures and Best Practices

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Senate

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Offices and Special Positions

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Senate

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Parliamentary Procedure

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Senate

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Non-Legislative Powers

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Introducing a Bill

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Senate

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Types of Legislation

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Appropriations Procedures

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Budget Procedures

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Budget Reconciliation Procedures

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Committee Consideration

Committee Types

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Senate

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Calendars and Scheduling

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Senate

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Floor Action

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Senate

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Cloture

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Resolving Differences

While the first three reports do overlap some, they each go into detail on different aspects of the resolving differences stage.

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Senate

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Enrollment of Legislation

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