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HR 1530 - Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department - Key Vote

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Legislation - Veto Override Passed (House) (240-156) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to override a Presidential veto on a bill appropriating $267.24 billion to the Department of Defense for weapon procurement, personnel, research, and other military activities.

Highlights:
  • Sets end strengths for active duty personnel as of September 30, 1996 at: 495,000 for the Army, 428,340 for the Navy, 388,200 for the Air Force, and 174,000 for the Marine Corps.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop at the earliest practical date advanced theater missile defense (TMD) systems.
  • Increases the rates of basic pay and allowance for the subsistence of members of the uniformed for by 2.4 percent and increases the rate of basic allowance for quarters of members of the uniformed services by 5.2 percent.
  • Requires the mandatory discharge or immediate retirement of an HIV-positive member of the armed forces.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Energy to jointly submit a report on the plans and programs of the Department of Defense to prepare for and respond to emergencies resulting from a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack.
  • Expresses the sense of the Congress that the United States and all other parties to the START II and Chemical Weapons Convention should promptly ratify and implement the convention.
  • Prohibits Department of Defense funds from being used for assistance to terrorist countries.
  • $92.72 billion for operation and maintenance funding, including $21.49 billion for the Navy, $18.75 billion for the Army, and $18.72 billion for the Air Force.
  • $69.2 billion for military personnel.
  • $43.14 billion for weapons procurement, including $16.18 billion for the Navy and Marine Corps, $16.9 for the Air Force, and $7.93 billion for the Army.
  • $35.82 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation.
  • $11.55 for Department of Energy National Security programs, including $2.03 billion for stockpile management.
Note:

NOTE: A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF THOSE PRESENT AND VOTING IS REQUIRED TO OVERRIDE A PRESIDENTIAL VETO.

Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (51-43) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that appropriates $265.46 billion to the Department of Defense for weapon procurement, personnel, research, and other military activities.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop a National Missile Defense (NMD) system with an initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of 2003. 
  • Increases the rates of basic pay and allowance for the subsistence of members of the uniformed services by 2.4 percent and increases the rate of basic allowance for housing of members of the uniformed services by 5.2 percent.
  • Requires the mandatory discharge or immediate retirement of an HIV-positive member of the armed forces.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Energy to jointly submit a report on the plans and programs of the Department of Defense to prepare for and respond to emergencies resulting from a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack.
  • Expresses the sense of the Congress that the United States and all other parties to the START II and Chemical Weapons Convention should promptly ratify and implement the treaties.
  • Prohibits Department of Defense funds from being used for assistance to terrorist countries.
  • Amends the Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act of 1992 to require sanctions on individuals or governments that help Iran or Iraq acquire chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, unless there is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance.
  • Bans the use of any medical treatment facility or Department of Defense facility for performance of an abortion unless the health of the woman is endangered, or if the pregnancy is the result of a rape or incest.
  • $92.62 billion for operation and maintenance funding, including $21.49 billion for the Navy, $18.75 billion for the Army, and $18.72 billion for the Air Force.
  • $69.19 billion for military personnel.
  • $43.14 billion for weapons procurement, including $16.18 billion for the Navy and Marine Corps, $16.9 billion for the Air Force, and $6.53 billion for the Army.
  • $35.82 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation.
  • $11.07 billion for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing.
  • $10.62 billion for Department of Energy National Security programs, including $2.03 billion for stockpile management.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (267-149) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that appropriates $265.46 billion to the Department of Defense for weapon procurement, personnel, research, and other military activities.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop a National Missile Defense (NMD) system with an initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of 2003. 
  • Increases the rates of basic pay and allowance for the subsistence of members of the uniformed services by 2.4 percent and increases the rate of basic allowance for housing of members of the uniformed services by 5.2 percent.
  • Requires the mandatory discharge or immediate retirement of an HIV-positive member of the armed forces.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Energy to jointly submit a report on the plans and programs of the Department of Defense to prepare for and respond to emergencies resulting from a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack.
  • Expresses the sense of the Congress that the United States and all other parties to the START II and Chemical Weapons Convention should promptly ratify and implement the treaties.
  • Prohibits Department of Defense funds from being used for assistance to terrorist countries.
  • Amends the Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act of 1992 to require sanctions on individuals or governments that help Iran or Iraq acquire chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, unless there is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance.
  • Bans the use of any medical treatment facility or Department of Defense facility for performance of an abortion unless the health of the woman is endangered, or if the pregnancy is the result of a rape or incest.
  • $92.62 billion for operation and maintenance funding, including $21.49 billion for the Navy, $18.75 billion for the Army, and $18.72 billion for the Air Force.
  • $69.19 billion for military personnel.
  • $43.14 billion for weapons procurement, including $16.18 billion for the Navy and Marine Corps, $16.9 billion for the Air Force, and $6.53 billion for the Army.
  • $35.82 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation.
  • $11.07 billion for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing.
  • $10.62 billion for Department of Energy National Security programs, including $2.03 billion for stockpile management.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (64-34) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill appropriating $270.76 billion to the Department of Defense for weapon procurement, personnel, research, and other military activities.

Highlights:
  • Sets end strengths for active duty personnel as of September 30, 1996 at: 495,000 for the Army, 428,340 for the Navy, 388,200 for the Air Force, and 174,000 for the Marine Corps.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop at the earliest practical date advanced theater missile defense (TMD) systems.
  • Increases the rates of basic pay and allowance for the subsistence of members of the uniformed for by 2.4 percent and increases the rate of basic allowance for quarters of members of the uniformed services by 5.2 percent.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Energy to jointly submit a report on the plans and programs of the Department of Defense to prepare for and respond to emergencies resulting from a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack.
  • Expresses the sense of the Congress that the United States and all other parties to the START II and Chemical Weapons Convention should promptly ratify and implement the convention.
  • Prohibits Department of Defense funds from being used for assistance to terrorist countries.
  • $91.39 billion for operation and maintenance funding, including $21.34 billion for the Navy, $18.07 billion for the Army, and $18.22 billion for the Air Force.
  • $68.9 billion for military personnel.
  • $44.16 billion for weapons procurement, including $16.96 billion for the Navy and Marine Corps, $16.46 for the Air Force, and $7.73 billion for the Army.
  • $36.09 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation, including $3.4 billion for Ballistic Missile Defense programs.
  • $11.62 for Department of Energy National Security programs, including $2.04 billion for stockpile management.
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (300-126) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill appropriating $270.76 billion to the Department of Defense for weapon procurement, personnel, research, and other military activities.

Highlights:
  • Sets end strengths for active duty personnel as of September 30, 1996 at: 495,000 for the Army, 428,000 for the Navy, 388,000 for the Air Force, and 174,000 for the Marine Corps.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop and deploy at the earliest practical date advanced theater missile defense (TMD) systems.
  • Requires the mandatory discharge or immediate retirement of an HIV-positive member of the armed forces.
  • Increases the rates of basic pay and allowance for the subsistence of members of the uniformed for by 2.4 percent and increases the rate of basic allowance for quarters of members of the uniformed services by 5.2 percent.
  • Orders the reorganization of the Department of Defense to reduce the number personnel employed in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by 25 percent over a period of 4 years and to increase organizational efficiency and civilian control within the department.
  • Expresses the sense of the Congress that the United States should signify its commitment to reducing the chemical weapons threat by ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention.
  • $94.42 billion for operation and maintenance funding, including $21.68 billion for the Navy, $19.34 billion for the Army, and $18.98 billion for the Air Force.
  • $68.95 billion for military personnel.
  • $43.08 billion for weapons procurement, including $17.57 for the Air Force, $15.28 billion for the Navy and Marine Corps, and $7.25 billion for the Army.
  • $36.02 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation, including $3.07 billion for Ballistic Missile Defense programs.
  • $13.47 for Department of Energy National Security programs, including $3.61 billion for stockpile stewardship.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department

Sponsors

  • Floyd Davidson Spence (SC - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Ronald V. Dellums (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
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