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S. 1790: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

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An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 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 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

James “Jim” Inhofe

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 17, 2019
Length: 1928 pages
Jun 11, 2019

Parts Incorporated Into Other Measures

The conference report for this bill was agreed to in the House on December 11, 2019. The Senate must also approve it. A conference committee, comprising members of both chambers, issued the report to resolve the differences between the two forms of the bill as passed in each chamber. 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)
2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

SASC Chairman Inhofe Introduces Bill to Maintain National Defense, Support for Troops
    — Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK] (Sponsor) on Oct 29, 2019

DeSaulnier Effort Honoring the Port Chicago 50 Passes in House
    — Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11] on Dec 11, 2019

Congress Passes the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, with Two Congresswoman Johnson Amendments
    — Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30] on Dec 12, 2019

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Jun 11, 2019

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

Jun 11, 2019
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 27, 2019
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Sep 17, 2019
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 17, 2019
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Dec 9, 2019
On House Schedule

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

Dec 11, 2019
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.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
Conference Report Agreed to by Senate

Signed by the President

S. 1790 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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