H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
This was a vote to pass H.R. 1735 in the Senate. 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.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a comprehensive defense spending bill. At almost 1,000 pages long it will direct funding for procurement, research, and operation of defense technology, establish military policy, and address other matters pertaining to national defense. It has been passed by the House with 19 amendments, and is currently being reviewed by the Senate with 333 amendments proposed.
Unfortunately GovTrack does not have the staff to summarize the contents of the whole bill and all proposed amendments. We have instead included summaries of recent amendments agreed to and rejected on June 4.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) proposed an amendment to “allow for $371 million to support research and development and procurement of 81 Stryker vehicles with an upgraded weapon system. These vehicles would serve the only armored brigade currently in Europe.” (Press release)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) proposed an amendment to relocate nine upgraded C-130H aircrafts to Pope Airfield at Fort Bragg. (Press release)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) proposed an amendment “that prohibits the Department of Defense from spending taxpayer dollars to honor American soldiers at sporting events.” (Press release)
Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) proposed an amendment to extend veterans’ benefits to same-sex married couples. (Press release)
- On the Conference Report in the Senate
- Conference Report Agreed to
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