appropriation act -- Legislation under the jurisdiction of the
House and Senate Committees on Appropriations that provides budget authority
for federal programs or agencies. By law, such an act has a particular
style and title--for example, "An act making appropriations for the Department
of Defense for the year ending September 30, 2001." Generally, 13 regular
appropriation acts are considered annually to fund the operations of the
federal government; the Congress may also consider supplemental or continuing
appropriation acts, but each follows the statutory style and title.
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