H.R. 7590 (96th): Energy and Water Development Appropriation Act, 1981

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program. (Authorizations direct how federal funds should or should not be used.) Appropriations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

Jun 16, 1980
96th Congress, 1979–1980


Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 1, 1980

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 1, 1980.


Pub.L. 96-367


Tom Bevill

Representative for Alabama's 4th congressional district



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Last Updated: Oct 1, 1980

About the bill

Full Title

A bill making appropriations for Energy and Water Development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1981, and for other purposes.

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Jun 16, 1980

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Jun 25, 1980
Passed House

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Sep 10, 1980
Passed Senate with Changes

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Oct 1, 1980
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Oct 1, 1980
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