Congressional Calendars

Last updated on 12-14-2017

Congressional Calendars, 104th Congress (1995-1996) to Present

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About Congressional Calendars

What are Congressional Calendars?

The Congressional Calendars collection is includes the Calendars of the U.S. House of Representatives and History of Legislation and the Senate Calendar of Business. The Calendars of the U.S. House of Representatives and History of Legislation is prepared under the direction of the Clerk of the House of Representatives by the Office of Legislative Operations. It is published daily by 8:00 a.m. when the House is in session. The Senate Calendar of Business is prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Legislative Clerk. It is updated each day the Senate is in session.

Calendars of the U.S. House of Representatives and History of Legislation

The House Calendar contains a history of both House and Senate bills and resolutions that have been reported or considered by either house. In addition, the issue for the first legislative day of each week that the House is in session includes a legislative history of bills through conference, an index of short titles, an index of major subject headings, and an alphabetical index. If Congress is not in session on a Monday, these sections will be printed on either the prior Friday or the next day that the House is in session.

 

What is available?

govinfo contains the daily issues of the House Calendar for the current session of Congress, as well as the final calendars for the previous sessions of Congress back to the 104th Congress. The current session's collections are updated daily when Congress is in session. Each day's calendar is cumulative from the start of the current congressional session.

Senate Calendar of Business

The Senate Calendar of Business is prepared under the direction of Nancy Erickson, Secretary of the Senate, by Kathleen Alvarez Tritak, Legislative Clerk, and identifies bills and resolutions awaiting Senate floor actions. It is updated each day the Senate is in session. The Senate calendar consists of the following sections:

  • General Orders
  • Resolutions/Orders to Lie Over
  • Bills in Conference
  • Reconsideration Motions
  • Pending Business
  • Joint Resolutions
  • Appropriations

Most measures are placed on the calendar under the heading "General Orders" in the sequence in which they were added to the calendar. Other sections are provided to address special situations in which floor actions have been deferred and to show the status of bills in conference and of appropriations bills.


Searching Congressional Calendars

You can find and search Congressional Calendars:

  • Using Basic Search for keyword and metadata fielded searches,
  • Using Advanced Search; fields specific to Congressional Calendars will display after you select Congressional Calendars in the Refine by Collection column,
  • Refining search results by clicking on links in the Refine Your Search panel on the left hand side of the page (the sections under Refine Your Search correspond to the metadata available for the documents), and
  • Browsing the Congressional Calendars browse page.

General govinfo Search Tips

Search Examples

Search by Congress Number and Chamber - For example, calendars from the House of Representatives from the 110th congress.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:ccal congress:110 chamber:house
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Calendars under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select “Congress Number” from the first box and enter 110 in the next box; then click + Additional Criteria and select Chamber from the first added text box that appears and select house from the second added text box

Search by Edition – For example,final calendars.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:ccal edition:final
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Calendars under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Calendar Edition from the first box and select Final from the next box

Search by Keywords – For example, calendars with the keyword “final.”

  • Using Basic Search, enter: final collection:ccal
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Calendars under Refine by Collection, then under Search In enter final in the second text box

Search by Bill Number – For example, calendars that reference H.R. 1388.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:ccal billscitation:"h.r. 1388"
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Calendars under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Bill Number Citation from the first box and enter "h.r. 1388" in the next box

Search by Report Number – For example, calendars that reference H. Rept. 106-103.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:ccal crptcitation:"h. rept. 106-103"
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Calendars under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Congressional Report Citation from the first box and enter :"h. rept. 106-103" in the next box

Search by Calendar Number – For example, calendars with Private Calendar No. 1 as the calendar number.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:ccal ccalcitation:"Private Calendar No. 1"
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Calendars under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Citation from the first box and enter Private Calendar No. 1  in the next box

Sample Congressional Calendars URLs

govinfo uses two key pieces of information to construct predictable URLs to documents and Details pages.

  • The Granule ID is used to identify the specific part within a calendar and the
  • Package ID is used to identify the entire calendar.

Identifier

Structure/Metadata Field

Example

Package ID

For House Calendars:

CCAL-{Congress Number}hcal

 

For Daily Senate Calendars:

CCAL-{Congress Number}scal-{Publication Date} (in YYYY-MM-DD format)

 

For Final Senate Calendars:

CCAL-{Congress Number}scal-S{Session Number}

 

For Interim Senate Calendars:

CCAL-{Congress Number}scal-S{Session Number}INTERIM{Edition Number}

For House Calendars:

CCAL-111hcal

 

For Daily Senate Calendars:

CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01

 

For Final Senate Calendars:

CCAL-105scal2

 

For Interim Senate Calendars:

CCAL-110scal-S2INTERIM2

Granule ID

{Package ID}-pt{Part Number}

For House Calendars:

CCAL-111hcal-pt3

 

For Daily Senate Calendars:

CAL-111scal-2011-12-01-pt3

 

For Final Senate Calendars:

CCAL-105scal2-pt3

 

For Interim Senate Calendars:

CAL-110scal-S2INTERIM2-pt3

 

Details Page for Part of a Calendar

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/{Package ID}/{Granule ID}

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01-pt1

 

PDF File for a Part of a Calendar

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/pdf/{Granule ID}.pdf

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01/pdf/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01-pt1.pdf

 

HTML File for a Part of a Calendar

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/html/{Granule ID}.htm

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01/html/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01-pt1.htm

 

Details Page for an Entire Calendar

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/{Package ID}

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01

 

PDF File for an Entire Calendar

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/pdf/{Package ID}.pdf

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01/pdf/CCAL-111scal-2010-12-01.pdf


Congressional Calendars Metadata Fields and Values

Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. The metadata fields available for Congressional Calendars are listed in the table below. Metadata fields and values are used throughout govinfo for

  • Narrowing Your Search,
  • Browsing Government Publications,
  • Field Operators,
  • Advanced Search, and
  • Display on Details Pages.

Metadata fields and values can be entered into the Basic Search box using field operators. The field operators available for the Federal Register are listed in the table below, along with examples for each metadata field. Using Field Operators

Some of these metadata fields are made available for use in Advanced Search. The metadata values can be entered in the same format for the fields available on the Advanced Search Page.Using Advanced Search

Metadata Field Display Name

Metadata Field Definition

Field Operator

Field Operator Example

Collection

The collection to which the document belongs. Typically the same as the publication or series.

collection:

collection:ccal

 

"ccal” is used for Calendars

Government Author

The names of the Government organizations responsible for authoring or assembling the document.

governmentauthor:

governmentauthor:senate

Publication Date

The date the document was first made available to the public.

publishdate:

publishdate:2006-09-30

 

Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Language

The language code of the original document, from the ISO639-2b standard.

language:

language:en

Former Package ID

The document ID of the "package" as originally specified on www.gpoaccess.gov.

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":______)

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":"f:hc11.txt")

SuDoc Class Number

The SuDoc class number from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents which classifies Government publications by publishing agency.

sudocclass:

sudocclass:"Y 1.2/2:"

 

Y 1.2/2: for house

Y 1.3/3: for senate

 

The SuDoc Class Numbers in govinfo are generally at the class stem level, not the book number level.

Ingestion Date

The date the document was ingested into the FDsys preservation repository.

ingestdate:

 ingestdate:2009-01-12

 

Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Electronic Location (URL)

The URL where the document or the document in context (the content detail page) is located.

url:

url:"http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/

pkg/CCAL-110hcal/pdf/CCAL-110hcal-pt1.pdf"

Publisher

The government organization who publishes the document or publication. Not typically the Government Publishing Office (who serves as the printer and distributor), except in the case of Congressional publications.

publisher:

publisher:"u.s. government printing office"

Branch

The branch of Government responsible for the document's contents.

branch:

branch:legislative

 

Possible Values: executive,

Legislative, judicial

Type of Resource

The media type for the document, typically "text". Defined as part of the Library of Congress MODS standard.

typeofresource:

typeofresource:text

WAIS Database Name

The name of the WAIS database to which the document belonged in the former GPO Access system.

waisdbname:

waisdbname:110_senate_calendar

Record Origin

How the record was originally generated. Typically "machine generated."

recordorigin:

recordorigin:"machine generated"

Title

The title of the document or article as published. For serials, will contain the name of the larger publication (for example "Federal Register") as well as the name of the individual article (for example, "Consolidation of the Fruit Fly Regulations").

title:

title:"bills in conference"

Congress Number

The number of the Congress responsible for the document. Congresses last for two years, so for example, the 110th Congress was in session from 2007 through 2008.

congress:

congress:109

Congress Session

The session of congress which produced the calendar.

session:

session:2

 

Possible Values: 1, 2

Chamber of Congress

The chamber of congress who produced the calendar.

chamber:

chamber:senate

 

Possible Values: house, senate

Calendar Edition

The edition of the calendar.

edition:

edition:final

 

Possible Values: final, interim,

daily

Calendar Section

The type of section the calendar granule represents. For example, "Union Calendar" or "Bills Through Conference".

ccalsection:

ccalsection:("Unanimous Consent Agreements")

Citation

The GPO standard method for searching citation references from the selected publication.

citation:

citation:"Private Calendar No. 1"

Bill Number Citation

Reference to a bill number within the text of the calendar. For example, "H.R. 132" or "H. Con. Res. 132".

billscitation:

billscitation:"h.r. 1234"

Congressional Report Citation

Reference to a congressional report within the text of the calendar. For example, "H. Rept. 110-32".

crptcitation:

crptcitation:110-32

Calendar Number Citation

Reference to a calendar number within the text of the calendar. For example, "Union Calendar No. 132".

ccalcitation:

 

ccalcitation:"Private Calendar No. 1"

Reference Citation

Reference to another document within the text of a document.

refcitation:

refcitation:"H.R. 1"


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