H.R. 3666 (104th): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies 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).

Jun 18, 1996
104th Congress, 1995–1996


Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 26, 1996

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 26, 1996.


Pub.L. 104-204


Jerry Lewis

Representative for California's 40th congressional district



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Last Updated: Sep 25, 1996
Length: 77 pages

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Full Title

Making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, and for other purposes.

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Jun 13, 1996
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jun 18, 1996

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Jun 26, 1996
Passed House

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Jul 11, 1996
Text Published

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

Sep 5, 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.

Sep 6, 1996
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Public Print.

Sep 24, 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 25, 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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 26, 1996
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

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Committee Assignments

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

Jun 25, 1996 9:10 p.m.
Failed 138/277
Jun 26, 1996 11:29 a.m.
Agreed to 353/61
Jun 26, 1996 11:37 a.m.
Failed 177/236
Jun 26, 1996 11:44 a.m.
Agreed to 358/55
Jun 26, 1996 11:51 a.m.
Agreed to 260/157
Jun 26, 1996 3:12 p.m.
Failed 183/240
Jun 26, 1996 9:07 p.m.
Agreed to 245/170
Jun 26, 1996 10:49 p.m.
Failed 142/274
Jun 26, 1996 11 p.m.
Agreed to 244/171
Jun 26, 1996 11:42 p.m.
Passed 269/147
Sep 4, 1996 2:15 p.m.
Motion to Table Failed 42/54
Sep 5, 1996 8:58 p.m.
Bill Passed 95/2
On the Conference Report
Sep 24, 1996 8:42 p.m.
Passed 388/25

Subject Areas
Related Bills

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H.R. 3927 (Related)
Agent Orange Benefits Act of 1996

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 31, 1996

H.Res. 456 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Jun 25, 1996

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