S. 3151 (95th): Department of Justice Appropriation Authorization Act

A bill to authorize appropriations for the purpose of carrying out the activities of the Department of Justice for fiscal year 1979, and for other purposes.

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.



May 25, 1978
95th Congress, 1977–1978


Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 9, 1978

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 9, 1978.


Pub.L. 95-624


James Eastland

Senator from Mississippi



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Last Updated: Nov 9, 1978


May 25, 1978

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May 25, 1978
Reported by Committee

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Jul 10, 1978
Passed Senate

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Sep 28, 1978
Passed House with Changes

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

Nov 9, 1978
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Nov 9, 1978
Text Published

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S. 3151 (95th) 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.

This bill was introduced in the 95th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 1977 to Oct 15, 1978. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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