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H.R. 5211 (115th): It’s About Time Act

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Congress’s fiscal year runs beginning every October 1, not January 1. It last synced with the calendar in 1842 — but a new bill in the House would bring that schedule back.


A fiscal year is a period of time used for accounting or finance purposes, which doesn’t necessarily line up with the start and end of the calendar year. Congress passes — or at least is supposed to pass — appropriations and funding to coincide with the fiscal year.

The government’s fiscal year did indeed line up with the calendar year for its first few decades of existence. However, in 1842 Congress moved it from January 1 to July 1. Then Congress moved it one more time in 1977, from July 1 to the current October 1. (The ...

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Michael Turner

Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Mar 7, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 7, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Mar 7, 2018

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

H.R. 5211 (115th) 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 H.R. 5211. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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