H.R. 4194 (105th): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999

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).

Jul 8, 1998
105th Congress, 1997–1998


Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 21, 1998

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 21, 1998.


Pub.L. 105-276


Jerry Lewis

Representative for California's 40th congressional district



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Last Updated: Oct 8, 1998
Length: 220 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, 1999, and for other purposes.

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Jun 25, 1998
Reported by Committee

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Jul 8, 1998

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Jul 29, 1998
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Jul 30, 1998
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.

Jul 30, 1998
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Public Print.

Oct 6, 1998
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.

Oct 8, 1998
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.

Oct 21, 1998
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.

Jul 17, 1998 1:01 p.m.
Failed 201/215
Jul 17, 1998 1:08 p.m.
Agreed to 230/181
Jul 23, 1998 5:11 p.m.
Agreed to 226/198
Jul 23, 1998 10:48 p.m.
Failed 176/243
Jul 29, 1998 6:23 p.m.
Failed 109/323
Jul 29, 1998 6:32 p.m.
Failed 146/285
Jul 29, 1998 6:40 p.m.
Agreed to 231/200
Jul 29, 1998 8:16 p.m.
Agreed to 214/212
Jul 29, 1998 8:36 p.m.
Agreed to 351/73
Jul 29, 1998 9:13 p.m.
Passed 259/164
On the Conference Report
Oct 6, 1998 1:34 p.m.
Passed 409/14
On the Conference Report
Oct 8, 1998 11:04 a.m.
Conference Report Agreed to 96/1

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S. 2168 (Included-In)
Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, ...

Passed Senate
Last Action: Jul 17, 1998

H.Res. 574 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Oct 6, 1998

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