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U.S. Congress - Resources at duPont-Ball Library: Common versions of Bills

Definitions and abbreviations of bill versions

There may be many versions of a bill as it moves through the legislative process.  Some of the more common versions are:

 

Version

Version

Abbreviation

Definition

         Chambers

Agreed to House

ath

An alternate name for this version is Agreed to by House.   This version is a simple or concurrent resolution as agreed to in the House of Representatives.

         House

Agreed to Senate

ats

An alternate name for this version is Agreed to by Senate.   This version is a simple or concurrent resolution as agreed to in the Senate.

         Senate

Considered and Passed House

cph

An alternate name for this version is Considered and Passed by House. This version is a bill or joint resolution as considered and passed.

         House

Considered and Passed Senate

cps

An alternate name for this version is Considered and Passed by Senate. This version is a bill or joint resolution as considered and passed.

         Senate
         House

Engrossed in House

eh

An alternate name for this version is Engrossed as Agreed   to or Passed by House. This version is the official copy of the bill or joint resolution as passed, including the text as amended by floor action, and certified by the Clerk of the House before it is sent to the Senate.

         House

Enrolled Bill

enr

An alternate name for this version is Enrolled as Agreed   to or Passed by Both House and Senate. This version is the final official copy of the bill or joint resolution which both the House and the Senate have passed in identical form. After it is certified by the chief officer of the house in which it originated (the Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate), then signed by the House Speaker and the Senate President ProTempore, the measure is sent to the President for signature.

         Joint
         Senate
         House

Engrossed in Senate

es    

An alternate name for this version is Engrossed as Agreed   to or Passed by Senate. This version is the official copy of the bill or joint resolution as passed, including the text as amended by floor action, and certified by the Secretary of the Senate before it is sent to the House.

         Senate

Failed Passage House

fph

Bill or resolution that failed to pass the House.

         House

Failed Passage Senate

fps

Bill or resolution that failed to pass the Senate. 

         Senate

Introduced in House

ih

This version is a bill or resolution as formally presented by a member of Congress to a clerk when the House is in session.

         House

Introduced in Senate

is

This version is a bill or resolution as formally presented by a member of Congress to a clerk when the Senate is in session.

         Senate

Placed on Calendar House

pch

This version is a bill or resolution as placed on one of the five House calendars. It is eligible for floor consideration, but a place on a calendar does not guarantee consideration.

         House
         Senate

Placed on Calendar Senate

pcs

This version is a bill or resolution as placed on one of the two Senate calendars. It is eligible for floor consideration, but a place on a calendar does not guarantee consideration.

         Senate
         House

Received in House

rdh

An alternate name for this bill version is Received in House from Senate. This version is a bill or resolution as passed or agreed to in the Senate which has been sent to and received in the House.

         House

Received in Senate

rds

An alternate name for this bill version is Received in Senate from House. This version is a bill or resolution as it was passed or agreed to in the House which has been sent to and received in the Senate.

         Senate

Referred in House

rfh

An alternate name for this bill version is Referred to House Committee after being Received from Senate. This version is a bill or resolution as passed or agreed to in the Senate which has been sent to, received in the House, and referred to House committee or committees.

         Senate
         House

Referred in Senate

rfs

An alternate name for this bill version is Referred to Senate Committee after being Received from House. This version is a bill or resolution as passed or agreed to in the House which has been sent to, received in the Senate, and referred to Senate committee or committees.

         House
         Senate

Reported in House

rh

This version is a bill or resolution as reported by the committee or one of the committees to which it was referred, including changes, if any, made in committee. The bill or resolution is usually accompanied by a committee report which describes the measure, the committee's views on it, its costs, and the changes it proposes to make in existing law. The bill or resolution is then available for floor consideration. This version occurs to both House and Senate bills.

         House
         Senate

Reported in Senate

rs

This version is a bill or resolution as reported by the committee or one of the committees to which it was referred, including changes, if any, made in committee. The bill or resolution is usually accompanied by a committee report which describes the measure, the committee's views on it, its costs, and the changes it proposes to make in existing law. The bill or resolution is then available for floor consideration.

         Senate
         House

Referred to Committee House

rth

Bill or resolution as referred or re-referred to a House committee or committees.

         House

Referred to Committee Senate

rts

Bill or resolution as referred or re-referred to a Senate committee or committees.

         Senate

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