Closing a Congressional Office: Overview and Guide to House and Senate Practices

Closing a Congressional Office: Overview and Guide to House and Senate Practices

Date: September 8, 2010
Creator: Petersen, R. Eric
Description: Turnover of membership in the House and Senate necessitates closing congressional offices. The closure of a congressional office requires an outgoing Member of Congress to evaluate pertinent information regarding his or her staff; the disposal of personal and official records; and final disposition of office accounts, facilities, and equipment. In the past several years, the House and Senate have developed extensive resources to assist Members in closing their offices. This report, which will be updated as warranted, is one of several CRS products focusing on various aspects of congressional operations and administration.
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The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the Senate Floor

The First Day of a New Congress: A Guide to Proceedings on the Senate Floor

Date: December 1, 2010
Creator: Schneider, Judy & Koempel, Michael L.
Description: This report briefly discusses procedures on the first day of a new Congress, specifically focusing on Senate proceedings.
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How Measures Are Brought to the Senate Floor: A Brief Introduction

How Measures Are Brought to the Senate Floor: A Brief Introduction

Date: November 25, 2013
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: This report discusses two basic methods that are used by the Senate to bring legislation to the floor for consideration. The Senate, at the majority leader's request, grants unanimous consent to take up a matter or agrees to his motion to proceed to consider it. Because the motion to proceed is subject to debate in most circumstances, it is less frequently used. Both methods are derived from the basic premise that the Senate as a body may decide what matters it considers.
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Invoking Cloture in the Senate

Invoking Cloture in the Senate

Date: November 25, 2013
Creator: Davis, Christopher M.
Description: This report discusses cloture, the only procedure by which the Senate can vote to set an end to a debate without also rejecting the bill, amendment, conference report, motion, or other matter it has been debating.
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Resolving Legislative Differences in Congress: Conference Committees and Amendments Between the Houses

Resolving Legislative Differences in Congress: Conference Committees and Amendments Between the Houses

Date: November 26, 2008
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth
Description: This report summarizes the procedures the two houses of Congress use most frequently to resolve their legislative differences. It is based upon an interpretation of the rules and published precedents of the House and Senate, and an analysis of the application of these rules and precedents in recent practice. It bears emphasizing that this report is not exhaustive nor is it in any way an official statement of House or Senate procedures. It may serve as a useful introduction or general guide, but it should not be considered an adequate substitute for a study of House and Senate rules and precedents themselves, or for consultations with the parliamentarians of the House and Senate on the meaning and possible application of the rules and precedents.
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The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction

The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction

Date: December 1, 2010
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report provides a brief introduction to the legislative process on the Senate floor, including filibusters and cloture, restraint and delay, scheduling legislative business, unanimous consent agreements, the daily order of business, the amending process, and quorum calls and rollcall votes.
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Conference Committee and Related Procedures: An Introduction

Conference Committee and Related Procedures: An Introduction

Date: December 2, 2010
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth
Description: This report is a brief summary of House and Senate procedures for reaching agreement on legislation. It discusses the provisions of House Rule XXII and Senate Rule XXVIII as well as other applicable rules, precedents, and practices. The report focuses on the most common and customary procedures.
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Majority Cloture for Nominations: Implications and the "Nuclear" Proceedings

Majority Cloture for Nominations: Implications and the "Nuclear" Proceedings

Date: December 6, 2013
Creator: Heitshusen, Valerie
Description: This report explains the procedural context within which the precedent was set and addresses the precedent's effects on floor consideration of nominations (as well as noting other potential effects on the nominations process). In addition, since the parliamentary circumstances under which the precedent was set fall within proceedings often called the "nuclear option," the report concludes by briefly noting the precedent's relevance for future proposals to alter or reinterpret Senate rules through the establishment of new precedent.
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Senate Consideration of Presidential Nominations: Committee and Floor Procedure

Senate Consideration of Presidential Nominations: Committee and Floor Procedure

Date: November 25, 2013
Creator: Rybicki, Elizabeth
Description: This report describes the process by which the Senate provides advice and consent on presidential nominations, including receipt and referral of nominations, committee practices, and floor procedure. The report was updated to reflect the changes resulting from Senate actions on November 21, 2013.
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Senate Amendment Process: General Conditions and Principles

Senate Amendment Process: General Conditions and Principles

Date: February 20, 2001
Creator: Oleszek, Walter J
Description: None
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