January 9, 2019


Instead of following the process outlined in the 1974 Budget Act, Congress has resorted to continuing resolutions, omnibus packages, and government shutdowns. The Constitution, however, grants to Congress (and the House of Representatives in particular) the power to tax and spend public money.

So what happens when Congress fails to utilize its “power of the purse”? Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3) discusses the deterioration of the federal budget process.




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