H.R. 2055 (112th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

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).

May 31, 2011
112th Congress, 2011–2013


Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 23, 2011

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 23, 2011.


Pub.L. 112-74


John Culberson

Representative for Texas's 7th congressional district



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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2011
Length: 486 pages

About the bill

Full Title

Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

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May 31, 2011

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 31, 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.

Jun 14, 2011
Passed House

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

Jun 30, 2011
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Reported by Senate Committee.

Jul 20, 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.

Jul 20, 2011
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Public Print.

Jul 21, 2011
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the Senate (Engrossed) with an Amendment.

Dec 16, 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 17, 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 23, 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.


Committee Assignments

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

Jun 13, 2011 6:54 p.m.
Agreed to 204/203
Jun 13, 2011 7:07 p.m.
Agreed to 248/163
Jun 14, 2011 2:26 p.m.
Passed 411/5
Jul 13, 2011 11:10 a.m.
Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to 89/11
Jul 14, 2011 3:38 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 71/26
Jul 20, 2011 5:23 p.m.
Bill Passed 97/2
On the Conference Report
Dec 16, 2011 1:46 p.m.
Passed 296/121
On the Conference Report
Dec 17, 2011 10:44 a.m.
Conference Report Agreed to 67/32

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.

H.R. 3671 (Related)
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 14, 2011

H.R. 5856 (Related)
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013

Passed House
Last Action: Jul 19, 2012

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