H.J.Res. 631 (97th): Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 1983

A joint resolution making further continuing appropriations and providing for productive employment for the fiscal year 1983, and for other purposes.

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).



Dec 10, 1982
97th Congress, 1981–1982


Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 21, 1982

This resolution was enacted after being signed by the President on December 21, 1982.


Pub.L. 97-377


Jamie Whitten

Representative for Mississippi's 1st congressional district



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Last Updated: Dec 21, 1982


Dec 10, 1982

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Dec 10, 1982
Ordered Reported by Committee

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Dec 14, 1982
Passed House

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Dec 19, 1982
Passed Senate with Changes

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

Dec 20, 1982
Conference Report Agreed to by Senate

A conference committee was formed, comprising members of both the House and Senate, to resolve the differences in how each chamber passed the bill. The Senate approved the committee's report proposing the final form of the bill for consideration in both chambers. The House must also approve the conference report.

Dec 21, 1982
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Dec 21, 1982
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill.

H.J.Res. 631 (97th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 97th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 1981 to Dec 23, 1982. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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