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H.R. 5515: John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5515 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2019. The bill complies with the bipartisan budget agreement and authorizes $639.1 billion in base funding. Further, the bill authorizes an additional $69 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund to cover contingency operations. When factoring in $8.9 billion for mandatory defense spending, a total of $717 billion is authorized to be appropriated. Significant provisions of the legislation include:

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Sponsor and status

Mac Thornberry

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 13th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2018
Length: 788 pages

Apr 13, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019


Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 13, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 13, 2018.


Pub.L. 115-232

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 2987: John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

Ordered Reported on Jun 5, 2018. 44% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5326: Maritime Technical Corrections Act of 2018

Introduced on Mar 19, 2018. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1887: Direct Hire of Students and Recent Graduates Act of 2017

Ordered Reported on Oct 4, 2017. 96% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5348: Military Career Intermission Program Act of 2018

Introduced on Mar 20, 2018. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5681: Global Engagement Center Authorities Act of 2018

Ordered Reported on May 9, 2018. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2867: JROTC Act

Introduced on May 16, 2018. 66% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5929: United States Virgin Islands Small Business Contracting Assistance Act of 2018

Introduced on May 23, 2018. 84% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6141: To require the Secretary of Energy to develop a report on a pilot program to site, construct, and operate micro-reactors at critical national security locations, and for other purposes.

Introduced on Jun 19, 2018. 88% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1800: To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain Federal land to facilitate scientific research supporting Federal space and defense programs.

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 13, 2018. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5707: START Act

Introduced on May 8, 2018. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 526: Microloan Modernization Act of 2018

Passed Senate (House next) on Jul 18, 2018. 87% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2056: Microloan Modernization Act of 2017

Passed House (Senate next) on Jul 24, 2017. 88% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2893: A bill to provide for prompt payments to small business contractors, and for other purposes.

Introduced on May 22, 2018. 91% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4754: Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act

Passed House (Senate next) on May 8, 2018. 99% incorporated. (compare text)


Apr 13, 2018

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

Apr 26, 2018
Considered by Tactical Air and Land Forces

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 9, 2018
Considered by House Committee on Armed Services

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

May 10, 2018
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.

May 24, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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

Jun 18, 2018
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

Jun 19, 2018
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Printed as Passed.

Jul 23, 2018
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this bill would be considered in the week ahead.

Jul 26, 2018
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.

Aug 1, 2018
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.

Aug 13, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 5515 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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