Congress Should Stop Abrogating Its Spending Power and Rein in the USDA Slush Fund

Daren Bakst and Joshua Sewell, “Congress Should Stop Abrogating Its Spending Power and Rein in the USDA Slush Fund,” Heritage Foundation Issue Brief No. 6052, February 19, 2021.

9 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2021

Date Written: February 19, 2021

Abstract

Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set a terrible precedent by greatly expanding its use of the Agriculture Secretary’s discretionary spending authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act. This new and expansive use of the CCC creates a USDA slush fund that allows the Agriculture Secretary to spend money on almost anything. The USDA’s use of the CCC in recent years for trade aid to farmers was based on questionable authority, and now the Biden Administration may push for programs that are even less likely to be authorized under the law, such as climate change programs. Congress needs to stop abrogating its spending power and restore some normalcy back to the discretionary use of the CCC, which had generally been used in a limited manner.

Keywords: spending power, separation of powers, congress, constitution, delegation, climate change, carbon, agriculture, subsidies, commodity credit corporation

JEL Classification: d72, d73, h1, h2, h11, h25, h50, h60, h84, k23, k32, p16, p28, q10, q13, q18, q20, q28, q50, q58

Suggested Citation

Bakst, Daren, Congress Should Stop Abrogating Its Spending Power and Rein in the USDA Slush Fund (February 19, 2021). Daren Bakst and Joshua Sewell, “Congress Should Stop Abrogating Its Spending Power and Rein in the USDA Slush Fund,” Heritage Foundation Issue Brief No. 6052, February 19, 2021., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3793679

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