H.R. 3610 (104th): Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997

Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, and for other purposes.

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).



Jun 11, 1996
104th Congress, 1995–1996


Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 30, 1996

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 30, 1996.


Pub.L. 104-208


W. Bill Young

Representative for Florida's 10th congressional district



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Last Updated: Jul 18, 1996
Length: 113 pages


Jun 5, 1996
Reported by Committee

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Jun 11, 1996

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Jun 13, 1996
Passed House

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Jul 18, 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.

Jul 18, 1996
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Public Print.

Sep 28, 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 30, 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. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 30, 1996
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 3610 (104th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 104th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 1995 to Oct 4, 1996. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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