H.R. 4909: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual federal spending bill that sets funding levels and outlines spending priorities for the military. Defense spending constituted $602 billion or 16 percent of the federal budget last year, and 54 percent of so-called “discretionary spending” over which Congress exercises yearly control. This makes the NDAA one of the most important bills ...

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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.

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Apr 12, 2016


Passed House on May 18, 2016

This bill passed in the House on May 18, 2016 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


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Last Updated: May 26, 2016
Length: 1576 pages


28% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details)

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S. 2943 (same title)
Passed House & Senate — Jul 7, 2016


Apr 12, 2016

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Apr 28, 2016
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 18, 2016
Passed House

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

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 4909 is 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.

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