The Shrunken Power of the Purse
Boston University - School of Law
March 18, 2009
Boston University Law Review, Vol. 89, pp. 101-112, 2009
Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 09-14
The Constitution places control of the federal government's funds in the hands of Congress. This article examines Congress' exercise of discretion in connection with expenditures, impoundments, debt and taxation. It concludes that its actual control over the government's funds has become limited over time and makes recommendations for more robust exercise of its traditional authority.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: expenditure, impoundment, debt limit, taxation, power of the purse
JEL Classification: K19, K34, K49
Date posted: March 19, 2009
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