S. 429 (96th): Department of Defense Supplemental Appropriation Authorization Act of 1979

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.

Feb 9, 1979
96th Congress, 1979–1980


Enacted — Signed by the President on Jun 27, 1979

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on June 27, 1979.


Pub.L. 96-29


John Stennis

Senator from Mississippi



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Last Updated: Jun 27, 1979

About the bill

Full Title

An act to authorize supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 1979 for procurement of aircraft, missiles, and naval vessels for research, development, test, and evaluation for the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

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Feb 9, 1979

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Apr 6, 1979
Reported by Committee

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May 3, 1979
Passed Senate

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May 31, 1979
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.

Jun 27, 1979
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Jun 27, 1979
Text Published

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