A bill reported out of an authorizing committee (e.g. House Public Works & Transportation Committee) which authorizes a government program and recommends the funds necessary to finance it.
Legislation setting up or continuing programs; sets general aims and purpose and may set a ceiling for funding. Usually enacted before appropriation bill is passed.
gives someone the right to continue or legally set up the operation of a Federal agency or program.The authorization bill also gives the legal right to sanction a specified type of expenditure or obligation.