National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

(P. L. 113-66)

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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, P. L. 113-66 (H. R. 3304) began life on October 22, 2013, as a bill to authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat of the United States Army for acts of valor during the Vietnam Conflict and to authorize the award of the Medal of Honor to certain other veterans who were previously recommended for award of the Medal of Honor.  This 3-section bill passed the House on October 28, 2013.  On November 19, 2013, the bill passed the Senate with minor amendments, which of course, went back to the House for approval.  On December 12, 2013, the House agreed to the Senate's minor amendment and added an amendment of its own.  That amendment included the adoption of House Resolution 441, which upon its passage, approved the Senate amendments and added a National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA).  This was a new version of the NDAA.  This new version included a Section 4 under Sec. 4, Organization of Act Into Divisions; Table of Contents.  That Section 4 was the "Explanatory Statement."  This statement explains:

The explanatory statement regarding this Act, printed in the House section of the Congressional Record on or about December 11, 2013, by the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives, shall have the same effect with respect to the implementation of this Act as if it were a joint explanatory statement of a committee of conference.

The House amendment states there is no conference committee report and that there only is an explanatory statement in the Congressional Record.  On December 19, 2013, the Senate passed the bill and on December 26, 2013, it was signed into law as P. L. 113-66.

The 2 original versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 had varying amounts of trouble getting through Congress.  The House version was H. R. 1960 and was reported by the House Committee on Armed Services with H. Rpt. 113-102 on June 7, 2013.  It was amended and passed by the House on June 14, 2013.  On June 20, 2013, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services reported S. 1197 with S. Rpt. 113-044S. 1197 was considered in the Senate on December 9, 2013 without passing.

H. R. 3304, now P. L. 113-66, was available to amend with an NDAA and it was used to pass it.  Fortunately, the explanatory statement serves the purpose of a conference committee report.  Many of the sections that were incorporated into H. R. 3304 from H. R. 1960 and S. 1197 were explained in H. Rpt. 113-102 and S. Rpt. 113-044.  Some sections that made it into law were added after the 2 reports were issued leaving only the explanatory statement to explain the purpose of the section. 

The starting point for your review is the NDAA Contents linked above.  That lists the sections subjectively selected from the NDAA.  The individual sections list P. L. 113-66's sections in the left column.  In the right column, the corresponding section from the explanatory statement is listed first, then the sections from the House and/or Senate Reports that are named in the explanatory statement are listed below



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