H.R. 3517 (104th): Military Construction Appropriations Act, 1997

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program. (Authorizations direct how federal funds should or should not be used.) Appropriations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

May 23, 1996
104th Congress, 1995–1996


Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 16, 1996

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 16, 1996.


Pub.L. 104-196


Barbara Vucanovich

Representative for Nevada's 2nd congressional district



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Last Updated: Sep 5, 1996
Length: 9 pages

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Full Title

Making appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, and for other purposes.

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May 23, 1996

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May 23, 1996
Reported by Committee

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May 30, 1996
Passed House

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Jun 20, 1996
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

Jun 26, 1996
Passed Senate with Changes

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jun 27, 1996
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Public Print.

Aug 1, 1996
Conference Report Agreed to by House

A conference committee was formed, comprising members of both the House and Senate, to resolve the differences in how each chamber passed the bill. The House approved the committee's report proposing the final form of the bill for consideration in both chambers. The Senate must also approve the conference report.

Sep 5, 1996
Conference Report Agreed to by Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Sep 16, 1996
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

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May 30, 1996 1:22 p.m.
Passed 369/43
On the Conference Report
Aug 1, 1996 8:47 p.m.
Passed 396/26
On the Conference Report
Sep 5, 1996 10 a.m.
Conference Report Agreed to 92/6

Subject Areas
Related Bills

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H.Res. 497 (rule)

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jul 31, 1996

H.Res. 442 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
May 30, 1996

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