How Measures Are Brought to the House Floor: A Brief Introduction [Updated January 11, 2005] [open pdf - 35KB]
"This report presents a brief description of the five methods used to bring proposed legislation to the House floor for consideration. These methods allow for consideration as a privileged matter, under the limited privilege of a special calendar or day, under suspension of the rules, under the terms of a special rule, or by unanimous consent. This report will be updated to reflect any changes in the rules or practices of the House."
CRS Report for Congress, RS20067