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H.R. 1735 (114th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016

About the bill

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a comprehensive defense spending bill. At almost 1,000 pages long it will direct funding for procurement, research, and operation of defense technology, establish military policy, and address other matters pertaining to national defense. It has been passed by the House with 19 amendments, and is currently being reviewed by the Senate with 333 amendments proposed.

Unfortunately GovTrack does not have the staff to summarize the contents of the whole bill and all proposed amendments. We have instead included summaries of recent amendments agreed to and rejected on June 4.

Agreed to:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) proposed an amendment to “allow for $371 million to support research and development and procurement of 81 Stryker vehicles with an upgraded weapon system. These …

Sponsor and status

Mac Thornberry

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 13th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2016
Length: 581 pages
Apr 13, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)

Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.

This bill was incorporated into:

S. 1356: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 25, 2015. (compare text)

1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Statement for the Record Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1735 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
    — Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN4] on Oct 23, 2015

Scott Statement on President Obamas Veto of FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
    — Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3] on Oct 22, 2015

Olson Slams President Obama Veto of National Defense Authorization Act
    — Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22, 2009-2020] on Oct 22, 2015

More statements at ProPublica Represent...


Apr 13, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 22, 2015
Considered by Readiness

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Apr 23, 2015
Considered by Tactical Air and Land Forces

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Apr 29, 2015
Considered by House Committee on Armed Services

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Apr 30, 2015
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue 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 15, 2015
Passed House (Senate next)

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

Jun 18, 2015
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

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

Jun 18, 2015
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Printed as Passed.

Oct 1, 2015
Conference Report Agreed to by House (Senate next)

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.

Oct 7, 2015
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.

Oct 22, 2015

The President vetoed the bill. Congress may attempt to override the veto.

H.R. 1735 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1735. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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