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H.R. 3979 (113th): Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015

Concurring in the Senate Amendment in the House

Passed · Dec 4, 2014 at 2:37 p.m. ET · Source: house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3979 (113th) in the House. 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.

This bill became, most recently, the vehicle for the passage of the defense authorization (spending) bill for fiscal year 2015.

The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta as the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. It was passed by the House in this form on March 11, 2014.

The Senate subsequently used the bill as the (ultimately failed) vehicle for passage of another bill. On April 7, 2014, the Senate replaced the text the bill completely with new text, making it the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014. Although the Senate passed it in that form, the bill in that form was not enacted.

On December 4, 2014, the House used the bill again as the vehicle for passage of a third bill, by replacing its text completely and turning it into the bill it is now, the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. The Senate agreed to the change on December 12, 2014 and the bill was signed into law shortly thereafter.

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 69%
 
 
300
194
 
106
 
Nay 27%
 
 
119
32
 
87
 
Not Voting 3%
 
 
15
7
 
8
 
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