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H.R. 2500: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

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To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

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

Adam Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 12, 2019
Length: 1976 pages
May 2, 2019

Parts Incorporated Into Other Measures

This bill passed in the House on July 12, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

H.R. 2938: HAVEN Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 23, 2019. (compare text)
84% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Sep 9, 2019

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    — Rep. Sean Duffy [R-WI7, 2011-2019] on Jul 25, 2019

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May 2, 2019

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Jun 4, 2019
Considered by Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities

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

Jun 5, 2019
Considered by Readiness

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

Jun 12, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Jul 12, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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Signed by the President

H.R. 2500 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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