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Lecture8 - Lecture #24: The Budget: President vs. Congress...

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Lecture #24: The Budget: President vs. Congress Who spends? o Everyone says ‘congress spends’ o But if you look at the Presidential proposed budget, it will be almost identical to the Congressional one passed o Legally, they both do Appropriations are passed by Congress, and signed by the President The Power of the Purse o The power to spend or not to spend money is the central basis of Congressional power o If Congress controls the purse, then the President must respect congressional preferences in other areas as well o How do you control the purse? Control comes from cutting budgets, not passing them as requested If Congress gives the President what it wants, then it ceases to have any power that matters But if it cuts requests, it imposes its own priorities and puts the President in a position of always having to beg for more o Congress passes appropriations Lays out in great detail where and what money can be spent on o Authorization must occur first o Two step process Authorization
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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Lecture8 - Lecture #24: The Budget: President vs. Congress...

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