Inside the Senate Appropriations Committee
Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution provides that "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." Translated into English, this means that Congress has the “power of the purse,” the authority to decide how your tax dollars will be allocated to the various federal programs.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have jurisdiction over this process. Since there are 12 spending bills there are 12 appropriations subcommittees, each charged with writing one appropriations bill that provides funding for agencies, departments, and programs within the subcommittee’s purview. For instance, the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee annually decides how much money wi....
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