S. 1160 (99th): Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1986

An original bill to authorize appropriations for the military functions of the Department of Defense and to prescribe personnel levels for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 1986, to authorize certain construction at military installations for such fiscal year, to authorize appropriations for the Department of Energy for national security programs for such fiscal year, 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.



May 16, 1985
99th Congress, 1985–1986


Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 8, 1985

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 8, 1985.


Pub.L. 99-145


Barry Goldwater

Senator from Arizona



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Last Updated: Nov 8, 1985


May 15, 1985
Reported by Committee

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May 16, 1985

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Jun 5, 1985
Passed Senate

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Jun 27, 1985
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.

Jul 30, 1985
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.

Nov 8, 1985
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Nov 8, 1985
Text Published

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

S. 1160 (99th) 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 99th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 18, 1986. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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