[House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House]
[Chapter 9. Calendars]
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                           CHAPTER 9 - CALENDARS

                              HOUSE PRACTICE

  Sec. 1. In General; Kinds of Calendars
  Sec. 2. Referrals to Calendars
  Sec. 3. -- Erroneous Referrals
  Sec. 4. Discharge From Calendars
  Sec. 5. The Corrections Calendar
        Research References
          4 Hinds Sec. Sec. 3115-3118
          7 Cannon Sec. Sec. 881-1023
          Deschler Ch 22 Sec. Sec. 1, 2
          Manual Sec. Sec. 828-830, 892, 898

  Sec. 1 . In General; Kinds of Calendars

      Under rule XIII clause 1, the House maintains various calendars to 
  facilitate the scheduling and consideration of its legislative 
  business. These include:

     The House Calendar. This calendar receives referrals of public 
         bills that do not raise revenue or directly or indirectly make 
         or require an appropriation of money or property. Manual 
         Sec. 828.
     The Union Calendar. Measures belonging on the Union Calendar 
         are those on subjects which fall within the jurisdiction of the 
         Committee of the Whole. Deschler Ch 22 Sec. 2. Subjects which 
         must be considered in the Committee of the Whole are specified 
         in rule XVIII clause 3. Bills appropriating money or property 
         are referred to the Union Calendar. Manual Sec. Sec. 828, 973. 
         The same is true of bills authorizing an undertaking by a 
         governmental agency which will incur an expense to the 
         government, however small. 8 Cannon Sec. 2401.
     The Private Calendar (to which are referred bills of a private 
         character). See Private Calendar.
     The Corrections Calendar. Sec. 5, infra.
     The Discharge Calendar (to which are referred motions to 
         discharge committees). Manual Sec. Sec. 830, 892; see 
         Discharging Measures From Committees.

      These calendars--the Discharge Calendar excepted--consist 
  primarily of lists of measures on which committee action has been 
  completed and

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  which are ready for floor action. They are printed daily and appear in 
  Calendars of the United States House of Representatives.
      Calendar Wednesday and Suspension of the Rules are not legislative 
  calendars. Calendar Wednesday refers to the procedure for the call of 
  committees on Wednesday for the consideration of unprivileged bills on 
  the House and Union Calendars. See Calendar Wednesday. Suspension of 
  the Rules refers to the procedure under which the House considers 
  motions to suspend the rules on Monday and Tuesday. See Suspension of 
  Rules.


  Sec. 2 . Referrals to Calendars

                        Measures Reported Favorably

      Bills that are favorably reported from a committee are referred to 
  the appropriate calendar under the direction of the Speaker unless 
  referred to other committees under rule XII clause 2. Manual Sec. 816. 
  Public bills favorably reported are referred either to the Union 
  Calendar or to the House Calendar. Deschler Ch 22 Sec. 2. Bills 
  favorably reported and placed on either calendar may be placed on the 
  Corrections Calendar under the procedures prescribed in rule XV clause 
  6.
      The reference of a bill to a particular calendar is governed by 
  the text of the bill as referred to committee, and amendments reported 
  by a committee are not considered in making this determination. 8 
  Cannon Sec. 2392.

                       Measures Reported Unfavorably

      Bills and resolutions that are adversely reported from committee 
  are not referred to a calendar unless a request to that effect is made 
  by the committee or a Member. Deschler Ch 22 Sec. 1.1. Under rule XIII 
  clause 2(a)(2), Members have three days in which to request such a 
  referral. Manual Sec. 832. Such request is normally communicated by 
  the committee to the Clerk at the time of reporting, although it also 
  may be made by a Member from the floor. Absent such a request, an 
  adversely reported measure is laid on the table. Manual Sec. 832. 
  Thereafter, it may be taken from the table and placed on the calendar 
  only by unanimous consent. 6 Cannon Sec. 750.
      Privileged measures are excepted from the general rule that only 
  favorably reported bills are referred to a calendar. Adverse reports 
  on privileged resolutions (including resolutions of inquiry) are 
  automatically referred to the proper calendar by the Speaker. 6 Cannon 
  Sec. 411.

                       Measures Reported Improperly

      A bill that has been improperly reported from a committee is not 
  entitled to a place on the calendar, and should be recommitted. 4 
  Hinds Sec. 3117.

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  Sec. 3 . -- Erroneous Referrals

      A bill that is on the wrong calendar is subject to a point of 
  order when it is called up for consideration. Manual Sec. 828; 6 
  Cannon Sec. Sec. 746, 747. Such a point of order is untimely if made 
  after consideration of the measure has begun. 7 Cannon Sec. 856.
      The Speaker has general authority to correct an erroneous 
  reference by him of a reported bill to a calendar, and to transfer the 
  bill to the proper calendar. Manual Sec. 828; 7 Cannon Sec. 859. Thus, 
  a private bill erroneously referred to the Union Calendar may be 
  transferred to the Private Calendar by direction of the Speaker. 
  Manual Sec. 828. The transfer of the bill to the proper calendar may 
  be made effective as of the date of the original reference. Deschler 
  Ch 22 Sec. 1.2. The Speaker may correct such a reference at any time 
  before consideration of the bill begins and while the question of 
  consideration is pending. 6 Cannon Sec. 748. The authority of the 
  Speaker to correct a calendar reference does not apply where the 
  reference was made by the House itself. 6 Cannon Sec. 749.
      An error in the referral of a bill to a calendar may also be 
  corrected pursuant to motion. Such a motion presents a question of the 
  privileges of the House. 3 Hinds Sec. Sec. 2614, 2615. However, a mere 
  clerical error in the calendar, such as an incorrect date, does not 
  give rise to such a question. 3 Hinds Sec. 2616.


  Sec. 4 . Discharge From Calendars

      Although the Speaker has no specific authority under the House 
  rules to remove a reported bill from the Union Calendar, he may 
  discharge such a bill for reference to another committee pursuant to 
  his general responsibility under rule XII clause 2 to fashion 
  sequential referrals where appropriate. Manual Sec. 816. Section 
  401(b) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and rule X clause 
  4(a)(2) give the Speaker discretionary authority to discharge a bill 
  from the Union Calendar and refer for 15 days to the Committee on 
  Appropriations bills reported by another committee providing certain 
  new entitlement authority. Manual Sec. Sec. 747, 1127.


  Sec. 5 . The Corrections Calendar

      Under rule XV clause 6, bills favorably reported from committee 
  and on the House or Union Calendar are also eligible for placement on 
  the Corrections Calendar. Placement on the calendar is by direction of 
  the Speaker in his discretion (after consultation with the Minority 
  Leader). The Speaker

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  may discharge a bill from the Corrections Calendar at any time. Manual 
  Sec. 898.
      Bills on the calendar may be called up for consideration in the 
  House on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at any time and 
  in any order. Manual Sec. 898. Such bills are debatable for one hour 
  but are not subject to amendment unless offered by the committee of 
  primary jurisdiction or its chairman or his designee. Bills called up 
  under this procedure require a three-fifths vote for passage. Manual 
  Sec. 898.