This page provides sources to help you research current and historical defense legislation, both tracking the legislative process and viewing the text of legislation. Senate and Congressional committee web sites can also be useful. See the tab in this guide for Congressional Links.
CRS produces numerous reports about the Defense budget, bills, etc. See particularly the detailed one they produce each year on the Defense Authorization and Appropriations bills for that year, with the title Defense: FY**** Authorization and Appropriations. Those for the past five years are linked below with their report numbers.
The sources below are useful for tracking the passage of defense budget legislation in a given year from initiation in Congress through to signing of the final law by the President. Each presents the information a little differently, so it can be helpful to review them all. Most will also link to the full text of each bill, report, law, etc.
Legislation & Records
This U.S. Senate web site has a lot of useful links for researching current and past legislation.
Listed below are some good sources for finding the full text of bills, public laws, Congressional conference and committee reports, and legislative histories of US public laws.