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Senate practice today generally concedes to the Majority Leader the prerogative of arranging the floor schedule of the Senate and making unanimous consent requests and motions to proceed to consider bills and other items of business. The Majority Leader is also chiefly responsible for negotiating unanimous consent agreements governing the consideration of items of business.
In the House, after a measure has been reported from committee, it is placed on a calendar. Whether the measure comes off its respective calendar and receives floor consideration is the responsibility of the majority-party leadership. Leadership is also responsible for influencing the way in which a measure is considered.
Also see Congressional Leadership and Committees.
- Calendar of Business (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Calendar of Motions to Discharge Committees (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Congressional Calendars – Govinfo.gov
- House Calendars – Govinfo.gov
- Senate Calendars – Govinfo.gov
- Congressional Schedules
- “House Schedule: Recent Practices and Proposed Options,” CRS Report RL30825 (17-page PDF)
- “Hearings in the House of Representatives,” CRS Report RL30539 (34-page PDF)
- “House and Senate Rules of Procedure: A Comparison,” CRS Report RL30945 (19-page PDF)
- “‘Holds’ in the Senate,” CRS Report 98-712 (7-page PDF)
- “Considering Regular Appropriations Bills on the House Floor,” CRS Report RS22711 (11-page PDF)
- “House Committee Hearings,” CRS Report RS22637 (8-page PDF)
- “Hearings in the U.S. Senate,” CRS Report RL30548 (30-page PDF)
Also see § 6.70 House Floor: Scheduling and Privilege, and § 6.160 Senate Scheduling, in Congressional Deskbook; Chapter 3.D. Hearings in Committees, Chapter 4.B. Scheduling of Legislation (House), Chapter 5.B. Scheduling of Legislation (Senate), in Congressional Procedure.
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