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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: Jun 27, 2019
Length: 1728 pages
Jun 11, 2019

Passed Senate (House next) on Jun 27, 2019

This bill passed in the Senate on June 27, 2019 and goes to the House next for consideration.

97% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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H.R. 2500 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — Jul 12, 2019


Position statements

What legislators are saying

ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Introduces the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on the Senate Floor
    — Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK] (Sponsor) on Jun 19, 2019

SASC Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed Praise Senate Passage Of Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act
    — Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI] on Jun 27, 2019

Senators Hirono, Murkowski, and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings
    — Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI] on Jun 18, 2019

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Jun 11, 2019

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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.

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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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