H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

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.
Introduced:

Apr 14, 2011
112th Congress, 2011–2013

Status:

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 31, 2011

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 31, 2011.

Law:

Pub.L. 112-81

Sponsor:

Howard “Buck” McKeon

Representative for California's 25th congressional district

Republican

Text:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2011
Length: 565 pages

About the bill

Full Title

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

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History

Apr 14, 2011
 
Introduced

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 11, 2011
 
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

May 26, 2011
 
Passed House

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

Dec 1, 2011
 
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.

Dec 1, 2011
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Public Print.

Dec 14, 2011
 
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.

Dec 15, 2011
 
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.

Dec 15, 2011
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House (Engrossed).

Dec 31, 2011
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

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