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S. 1376 (114th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016

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About the bill

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a comprehensive defense spending bill. At over 1,000 pages long it will appropriate 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

John McCain

Sponsor. Senator for Arizona. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 19, 2015
Length: 902 pages
May 19, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 19, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).

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

Position statements

What legislators are saying

sasc chairman john McCain responds to white house veto threat of national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2016
    — Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018] (Sponsor) on Jun 5, 2015

Heinrich: Expansion of U.S. Drone Flights Prompts Concern Over Personnel Shortfalls
    — Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM] on Sep 3, 2015

Rep. Gosar Votes to Give Troops Necessary Resources to Support Critical Military Objectives
    — Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ4] on Oct 1, 2015

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May 19, 2015

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May 19, 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. The Senate Committee on Armed Services issued the report which may provide insight into the purpose of the legislation.

S. 1376 (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 S. 1376. 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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