On May 12, 2011, the Senate Committee on
Armed Services introduced
S. 981, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal
Year 2012 This bill quickly died in Committee.
However, it included an explanatory
press release (pdf) from
the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
On June 22, 2011,
S. 1253, the National Defense Authorization Act for
Fiscal Year 2012, was introduced. This bill was
reported by the Senate Committee on Armed Services with S. Rpt
112-26. This bill was never voted upon by the Senate.
On November, 15, 2011,
S. 1867, was reported by the Chairman, Senate Committee on
Armed Services without a written report. This bill
included many of the sections of S. 1253 but was amended many
times before it passed the Senate on December 1, 2011 as a
substitute for H. R. 1540. This is the bill that is
mentioned as the Senate Amendment.
House of Representatives
On April 14, 2011,
H. R. 1540, was introduced as the National
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. On May 17,
2011, it was reported by the House Committee on Armed Services
with H. Rpt.
On May 25, 2011, the House agreed to
H. Res. 276 which was a measure that managed the amendments
to H. R. 1540 and incorporated the amendments into H. Rpt.
On May 26, H. R. 1540 passed the House.
Since the Senate amendment to H. R. 1540
substituted S. 1867, there needed to be a conference. A
conference was held during the first part of December 2011 and a
conference report was filed as H. Rpt.
112-329. The House and Senate agreed to the conference
report and H. R. 1540 became
P. L. 112-81 on December 31, 2011.
Since P. L. 112-81 included a conference
report, its provisions can be tracked to the conference report.
In the section by section analysis, the
specific sections of P. L. 112-81 are shown in the left hand
column. At the top of the right hand column, the specific
section of the conference is shown. Below that is the
section from S. Rpt No. 112-26 and H. Rpt. 112-78.
References are made to H. Rpt. 112-88 and other sources.
The legislative provisions not adopted (LPNA)
are included for Title VIII only.