H.R. 3979 (113th): Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015

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.

Jan 31, 2014
113th Congress, 2013–2015


Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 19, 2014

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 19, 2014.


Pub.L. 113-291


Lou Barletta

Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district



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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2014
Length: 697 pages

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Full Title

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2015 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.


This bill became, most recently, the vehicle for the passage of the defense authorization (spending) bill for fiscal year 2015.

The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta as the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. It was passed by the House in this form on March 11, 2014.

The Senate subsequently used the bill as the (ultimately ...

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Jan 31, 2014

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Feb 4, 2014
Reported by Committee

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Mar 11, 2014
Passed House

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Apr 7, 2014
Passed Senate with Changes

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Dec 4, 2014
Passed House with Changes

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Dec 12, 2014
Senate Agreed to Changes

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Dec 19, 2014
Enacted — Signed by the President

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106 cosponsors (91R, 15D) (show)
Committee Assignments

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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Mar 11, 2014 7:02 p.m.
Passed 410/0
Mar 27, 2014 2:10 p.m.
Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to 65/34
Apr 2, 2014 10:01 a.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 61/38
Apr 2, 2014 4:59 p.m.
Motion to Table Agreed to 67/29
Apr 3, 2014 3:02 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 61/35
Apr 7, 2014 5:32 p.m.
Bill Passed 59/38
Concurring in the Senate Amendment
Dec 4, 2014 2:37 p.m.
Passed 300/119
Dec 11, 2014 10:33 a.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 85/14
Dec 12, 2014 4:01 p.m.
Motion to Refer Rejected 18/82
Dec 12, 2014 4:29 p.m.
Decision of Chair Sustained 55/45
On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3979)
Dec 12, 2014 4:48 p.m.
Motion Agreed to 89/11

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