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H.R. 4188 (114th): Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 is an act of the United States that governs the activities of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The act also authorizes appropriations totaling about $17.5 billion, primarily for ongoing USCG operations over the 2016-2017 period. The act was introduced during the 114th United States Congress as ... Continue reading »
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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.



Dec 8, 2015
114th Congress, 2015–2017


Enacted — Signed by the President on Feb 8, 2016

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on February 8, 2016.


Pub.L. 114-120


Duncan Hunter

Representative for California's 50th congressional district



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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2016
Length: 59 pages

Incorporated Legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 1987: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015

Passed House (Senate next) on May 18, 2015. 69% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1611: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015

Ordered Reported on Jun 25, 2015. 21% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1316: Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act

Introduced on May 13, 2015. 51% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2284: Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act

Introduced on May 12, 2015. 51% incorporated. (compare text)


Dec 8, 2015

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

Dec 10, 2015
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 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. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Feb 1, 2016
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Feb 8, 2016
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 4188 (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.

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

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