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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:24 AM

22. You also raise an excellent point.

A shutdown should only occur through a gross screw-up by congress. I fully agree, and that is a great idea you make reference to.
Also, in the future, for routine governmental functions established by law the necessary appropriations could be attached to each bill to be good for as long as the bill remains a law.
That only works for non-military appropriations. The constitution delegates the power to congress: "To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;" Note "to that Use" , no such limitation applies to any other money appropriation. It is understandable that in time of war, expenditures go way up. So for the military spending congress needs to have the two year oversight to make adjustments if needed to prevent waste.
The paragraph saying: "No Money shall be drawn...." also requires that a regular statement of account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time, but that is regular bookkeeping. The way I read it, it has nothing to do with making the appropriations, just an accounting where did the money come from (from the bill with the appropriation attached to it) and where was it spent (paid the controllers and the park rangers).


Thanks for your comments.

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