H.R. 3081 (111th): Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

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 26, 2009
111th Congress, 2009–2010


Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 30, 2010

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 30, 2010.


Pub.L. 111-242


Nita Lowey

Representative for New York's 18th congressional district



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Last Updated: Oct 1, 2010
Length: 10 pages

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Full Title

Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes.

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Jun 26, 2009

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Jun 26, 2009
Reported by Committee

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Jul 9, 2009
Passed House

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

Sep 29, 2010
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 30, 2010
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Sep 30, 2010
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.


Committee Assignments

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

Jul 9, 2009 6 p.m.
Agreed to 261/168
Jul 9, 2009 6:09 p.m.
Failed 156/271
Jul 9, 2009 6:15 p.m.
Failed 172/259
Jul 9, 2009 6:24 p.m.
Agreed to 297/135
Jul 9, 2009 6:31 p.m.
Failed 174/256
Jul 9, 2009 6:39 p.m.
Agreed to 429/2
Jul 9, 2009 6:46 p.m.
Failed 164/268
Jul 9, 2009 7:49 p.m.
Passed 318/106
Sep 28, 2010 12:19 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 84/14
Sep 29, 2010 7:51 p.m.
Bill Passed 69/30
Concurring in the Senate Amendment
Sep 30, 2010 12:18 a.m.
Passed 228/194

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. 1434 (identical)

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jul 9, 2009

H.Res. 1682 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Sep 29, 2010

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