H.R. 5968 (97th): Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1983

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 25, 1982
97th Congress, 1981–1982

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 25, 1982, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Charles Price

Representative for Illinois's 23rd congressional district


See Instead:

H.R. 6030 (same title)
Passed House — Jul 29, 1982

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A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1983 for procurement, for research, development, test, and evaluation, and for operation and maintenance for the Armed Forces, to prescribe personnel strengths for the Armed Forces and for civilian personnel of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

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Mar 25, 1982

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