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Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills: FY1961-FY2020

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Technical Report

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Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress Washington United States

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The passage of the Department of Defense DOD authorization and appropriations bills through Congress often does not follow the course laid out in textbooks on legislative procedure. Tracking DOD authorization or appropriation bills can be confusing and time-consuming. This has been particularly true in recent years, when continuing resolutions CRs and consolidated appropriations bills containing the DOD and other appropriations bills have been enacted in lieu of the 12 regular appropriations bills for the entire U.S. government. This report is a research aid that lists the DOD authorization bills Table 1 and Table 2 and appropriations bills Table 3 and Table 4 for FY1961-FY2020. This report includes pertinent information on the passage of these bills through the legislative process bill numbers, report numbers, dates reported and passed, recorded vote numbers and vote tallies, dates of passage of the conference reports with their numbers and votes, vetoes, substitutions, dates of final passage, and public law numbers. Significant definitions are also included. This report will be updated as legislative activity warrants. For information on current defense authorization and appropriations, see the CRS Appropriations Status Table FY2020.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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