H.R.5136: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011

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Bill provisions

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 authorizes appropriations for the Department of Defense for the Fiscal Year of 2011. It authorizes $567 billion in the budget for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. Additionally, the bill authorizes $159 billion for overseas operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and humanitarian efforts for Haiti relief. There is an amendment, introduced by Rep. Patrick Murphy(D-PA) to the bill that would end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals in the military service. [1] This repeal has been supported by President Obama, however, because this amendment is attached to an item that continues a program that funnel funds to General Electric and Rolls Royce to create an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Striker Fighter jet, the Obama Administration have threatened to veto this bill, meaning the continued implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy in the military. [2]

Bill History

"The bill was introduced by Representative Ike Skeleton (D-MO) on April 26th, 2010 and was passed by the House on May 28th, 2010. [3]