S. 815 (97th): Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1982

An act to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1982 for the Armed Forces for procurement, for research, development, test, and evaluation, and for operation and maintenance, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces and for civilian employees of the Department of Defense, to authorize appropriations for such fiscal year 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.



Mar 26, 1981
97th Congress, 1981–1982


Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 1, 1981

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 1, 1981.


Pub.L. 97-86


John Tower

Senator from Texas



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Last Updated: Dec 1, 1981


Mar 26, 1981

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Apr 28, 1981
Reported by Committee

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May 14, 1981
Passed Senate

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Jul 16, 1981
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. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 5, 1981
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. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 1, 1981
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Dec 1, 1981
Text Published

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

S. 815 (97th) 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.

This bill 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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