S. 673 (96th): Department of Energy National Security and Military Applications of Nuclear Energy Authorization Act of 1980

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.

Mar 15, 1979
96th Congress, 1979–1980


Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 29, 1979

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 29, 1979.


Pub.L. 96-164


Henry “Scoop” Jackson

Senator from Washington



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Last Updated: Dec 29, 1979

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Full Title

An act to authorize appropriations for the Department of Energy for national security programs for fiscal year 1980, and for other purposes.

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Mar 15, 1979

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Jun 18, 1979
Passed Senate

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Nov 9, 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.

Dec 29, 1979
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Dec 29, 1979
Text Published

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