H.R. 2647 (111th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010

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.

Jun 2, 2009
111th Congress, 2009–2010


Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 28, 2009

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 28, 2009.


Pub.L. 111-84


Ike Skelton

Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district



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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010
Length: 655 pages

About the bill

Full Title

The title was amended in conference to read as follows: "to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2010, and for other purposes".

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Jun 2, 2009

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Jun 16, 2009
Reported by Committee

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Jun 25, 2009
Passed House

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

Jul 23, 2009
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.

Oct 8, 2009
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 22, 2009
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 28, 2009
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 (1R) (show)
Committee Assignments

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

Jun 25, 2009 2:47 p.m.
Failed 138/278
Jun 25, 2009 2:52 p.m.
Agreed to 224/190
Jun 25, 2009 2:56 p.m.
Failed 171/244
Jun 25, 2009 2:59 p.m.
Failed 186/226
Jun 25, 2009 3:05 p.m.
Agreed to 224/193
Jun 25, 2009 3:09 p.m.
Agreed to 416/0
Jun 25, 2009 3:50 p.m.
Passed 389/22
On the Conference Report
Oct 8, 2009 3:24 p.m.
Passed 281/146
Oct 22, 2009 11:54 a.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 64/35
On the Conference Report
Oct 22, 2009 4:37 p.m.
Conference Report Agreed to 68/29

Subject Areas
Related Bills

Legislative action may be ocurring on one of these bills in lieu of or in parallel to action on this bill.

S. 1390 (identical)

Passed Senate
Last Action: Jul 23, 2009

H.Res. 808 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Oct 8, 2009

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