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S. 2943 (114th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 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.

Sponsor and status

John McCain

Sponsor. Senator for Arizona. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2016
Length: 969 pages

May 18, 2016
114th Congress, 2015–2017


Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 23, 2016

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 23, 2016.


Pub.L. 114-328

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

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

Passed House (Senate next) on May 18, 2016. 43% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2814: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

Introduced on Apr 19, 2016. 21% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4741: Acquisition Agility Act

Introduced on Mar 15, 2016. 58% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1864: Department of Homeland Security Border Security Metrics Act of 2015

Ordered Reported on Jul 29, 2015. 62% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 284: Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

Passed Senate (House next) on Dec 17, 2015. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5060: Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act

Introduced on Apr 26, 2016. 74% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4999: Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act

Introduced on Apr 20, 2016. 74% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2826: Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act of 2016

Introduced on Apr 20, 2016. 75% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4935: Stepping up for American Workers and Troops Act

Introduced on Apr 13, 2016. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2825: Buy American Act of 2016

Introduced on Apr 20, 2016. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2861: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Medication Prescribing Improvement Act of 2016

Introduced on Apr 27, 2016. 98% incorporated. (compare text)


May 18, 2016

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May 18, 2016
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.

Jun 14, 2016
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Jun 21, 2016
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Printed as Passed.

Jul 7, 2016
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 2, 2016
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.

Dec 8, 2016
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.

Dec 23, 2016
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 2943 (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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