Calendar Wednesday (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Calendar Wednesday

Three Wisemen's camels, by bobosh_t

Three Wisemen's camels, by bobosh_t

On Wednesdays in the House, committees may be called in the order in which they appear in Rule X of the House, for the purpose of bringing up any of their bills for either the House or the Union Calendar, except bills that are privileged. General debate is limited to two hours. Bills called up from the Union Calendar are considered in the Committee of the Whole. It is primarily a method for circumventing the Rules Committee’s refusal to report special rules granting privilege to those measures. Calendar Wednesday is not observed during the last two weeks of a session and may be dispensed with at other times by a two-thirds vote. This procedure is rarely used and is routinely dispensed with by unanimous consent.

Also see Regular Meeting Day; Legislative Day; Union Calendar; § 6.70 House Floor: Scheduling and Privilege, in Congressional Deskbook.

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