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S. 428 (96th): Department of Defense Appropriation Authorization Act of 1980

An act to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1980 for procurement of aircraft, missiles, naval vessels, tracked combat vehicles, torpedoes, and other weapons and for research, development, test, and evaluation for the Armed Forces, to prescribe the authorized personnel strength for each active duty component and the Selected Reserve of each Reserve component of the Armed Forces and for civilian personnel of the Department of Defense, to authorize the military training student loads, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1980 for civil defense, 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.

Sponsor and status

Feb 9, 1979
96th Congress (1979–1980)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 9, 1979

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 9, 1979.

Pub.L. 96-107

John Stennis

Senator for Mississippi



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Last Updated: Nov 9, 1979


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Feb 9, 1979

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May 31, 1979
Ordered Reported

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Jun 13, 1979
Passed Senate (House next)

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Sep 14, 1979
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

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, 1979
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Nov 9, 1979
Text Published

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S. 428 (96th) 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 428. This is the one from the 96th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from Jan 15, 1979 to Dec 16, 1980. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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