H.R. 4986 (110th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

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.

Jan 16, 2008
110th Congress, 2007–2009


Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 28, 2008

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 28, 2008.


Pub.L. 110-181


Ike Skelton

Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district



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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2008
Length: 602 pages

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Full Title

To provide for the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, as previously enrolled, with certain modifications to address the foreign sovereign immunities provisions of title 28, United States Code, with respect to the attachment of property in certain judgements against Iraq, the lapse of statutory authorities for the payment of bonuses, special pays, and similar benefits for members of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

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Jan 16, 2008

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Jan 16, 2008
Passed House

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Jan 22, 2008
Passed Senate

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Jan 28, 2008
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

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1 cosponsors (1R) (show)
Committee Assignments

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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
Jan 16, 2008 4:51 p.m.
Passed 369/46
Jan 22, 2008 5:32 p.m.
Bill Passed 91/3

Subject Areas
Related Bills

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H.R. 1585 (Related)
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

Vetoed (No Override Attempt)
Last Action: Dec 28, 2007

S. 986 (Related)
Combat-Related Special Compensation Act of 2007

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 26, 2007

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