H.R. 4546 (107th): Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent law.

Apr 23, 2002
107th Congress, 2001–2002


Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 2, 2002

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 2, 2002.


Pub.L. 107-314


Robert Stump

Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district



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Last Updated: Nov 19, 2002
Length: 305 pages

About the bill

Full Title

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2003 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

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Apr 23, 2002

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May 1, 2002
Reported by Committee

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May 10, 2002
Passed House

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

Jun 27, 2002
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 3, 2002
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the Senate (Engrossed) with an Amendment.

Jul 25, 2002
Passed House with Changes

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 12, 2002
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. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 13, 2002
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.

Dec 2, 2002
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

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


1 cosponsors (1D) (show)
Committee Assignments

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

May 9, 2002 5:38 p.m.
Failed 172/243
May 9, 2002 5:49 p.m.
Agreed to 362/53
May 9, 2002 7:35 p.m.
Failed 159/253
May 10, 2002 12:44 a.m.
Failed 202/215
May 10, 2002 12:52 a.m.
Agreed to 232/183
May 10, 2002 1 a.m.
Agreed to 264/152
May 10, 2002 1:06 a.m.
Agreed to 412/2
May 10, 2002 1:47 a.m.
Passed 359/58

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S. 2514 (identical)

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Last Action: Jun 27, 2002

H.Res. 500 (rule)

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jul 25, 2002

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