S. 1356: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016

An act to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 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.

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.



May 14, 2015
114th Congress, 2015–2017


Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 25, 2015

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 25, 2015.


Pub.L. 114-92


Ron Johnson

Senior Senator from Wisconsin



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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2016
Length: 584 pages


May 14, 2015

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 14, 2015
Passed Senate

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

Nov 5, 2015
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.

Nov 10, 2015
Senate 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.

Nov 25, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1356 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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