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What is the definition of authorization legislation?

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December 13, 2011 3:00AM

Authorizing legislation: A bill that creates a new federal program, extends the life of an existing program, or repeals existing law. Authorizing bills usually set a limit on the amount of funds that can be spent annually by a program over a period of three to five years. But it's important to remember that an authorizing bill only establishes the framework for a federal program - it does not provide funds to operate the program.