The cloture rule (Senate Rule 22) is the only formal procedure that Senate rules provide for breaking a filibuster. A filibuster is an attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter. This guide explains the process.
This article from the Brooklyn Law Review discusses the Supreme Court's use of legislative history to confirm or reinforce what it already has concluded is the plain meaning of statutory text. 76 Brook. L. Rev. 901 (2010-2011).
These video tutorials explain the following topics: Overview of the Legislative Process, Introduction and Referral of Bills, Committee Consideration, Calendars and Scheduling, House Floor, Senate Floor, Executive Business in the Senate, Resolving Differences, and Presidential Actions
This book provides a guide to conducting Congressional hearings. It covers formal procedures and rules, and common committee practices. It discusses hearings preparation, such as scheduling, invitations to witnesses, and publicity and media considerations; and procedural elements, such as quorums for taking testimony, oaths and questioning witnesses.
The House Rules and Manual is published by the House Parliamentarian's Office. This document is formally entitled Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and Rules of the House of Representatives and contains the fundamental source material for parliamentary procedure used in the House of Representatives.
The Nutshell Series from West offers short, easy to use, plain English legal guides. This Legal Research guide is no exception. The chapter on Legislative Information includes a section on legislative history sources.
This CRS Report provides an overview of federal legislative history research, the legislative process, and where to find congressional documents. The report also summarizes some of the reasons researchers are interested in legislative history, briefly describes the actions a piece of legislation might undergo during the legislative process, and provides a list of easily accessible print and electronic resources.
This article from the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law analyzes the use of legislative history in Supreme Court opinions on workplace law from 1969-2006. The authors propose that legislative history reliance is associated with a constraining set of results. 29 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 117 (2008).
Interesting legal research guide presented in a question and answer format. The chapter on Legislative History addresses questions on the use of legislative history, legislative process, types of legislative materials, sources for locating materials, etc.
The legislative process on the Senate floor is governed by a set of standing rules, a body of precedents created by rulings of presiding officers or by votes of the Senate, a variety of established and customary practices, and ad hoc arrangements the Senate makes to meet specific parliamentary and political circumstances.
Recognized as a core text on statutory construction, this resource lays out the principles of statutory interpretation. Topics include legislative power, legislative organization and procedure, legislative form, legislative applicability, statutory interpretation, and application of the principles of statutory construction in selected areas of substantive law.
This article from the South Western University Law Review examines Supreme Court cases decided during the 1992 Term to illustrate how the Court uses legislative history, what sources it relies on, and whether it should be used at all. 23 Sw. U. L. Rev. 47 (1993-1994).