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.

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

Details

Cosponsors
1 cosponsors (1D) (show)
Committee Assignments

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

Votes
May 25, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Failed 83/334
May 25, 2011 6:34 p.m.
Failed 203/213
May 25, 2011 6:38 p.m.
Failed 198/225
May 25, 2011 6:42 p.m.
Failed 208/212
May 25, 2011 6:48 p.m.
Agreed to 261/163
May 25, 2011 6:53 p.m.
Failed 168/256
May 25, 2011 6:57 p.m.
Failed 176/248
May 25, 2011 7:03 p.m.
Failed 184/240
May 25, 2011 7:08 p.m.
Failed 191/232
May 25, 2011 7:11 p.m.
Failed 178/246
May 25, 2011 7:15 p.m.
Failed 177/246
May 26, 2011 12:51 p.m.
Agreed to 260/160
May 26, 2011 12:57 p.m.
Agreed to 246/172
May 26, 2011 1:04 p.m.
Agreed to 246/173
May 26, 2011 1:12 p.m.
Agreed to 227/193
May 26, 2011 1:16 p.m.
Failed 172/246
May 26, 2011 1:21 p.m.
Failed 187/234
May 26, 2011 1:31 p.m.
Failed 123/294
May 26, 2011 1:39 p.m.
Agreed to 416/5
May 26, 2011 1:44 p.m.
Agreed to 269/151
May 26, 2011 1:47 p.m.
Failed 176/241
May 26, 2011 1:50 p.m.
Failed 184/234
May 26, 2011 1:54 p.m.
Agreed to 419/0
May 26, 2011 1:57 p.m.
Agreed to 300/120
May 26, 2011 2:01 p.m.
Agreed to 226/194
May 26, 2011 2:05 p.m.
Failed 204/215
May 26, 2011 2:40 p.m.
Passed 322/96
On the Conference Report
Dec 14, 2011 6:58 p.m.
Passed 283/136
On the Conference Report
Dec 15, 2011 4:02 p.m.
Conference Report Agreed to 86/13

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. 1867 (Included-In)
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

Passed Senate
Last Action: Dec 1, 2011

S. 981 (Related)
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 12, 2011

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