Members of Congress have lost control over spending

Package deals over budgets mean that individual members find it hard to make a mark.

This analysis was originally published by the Washington Post, here.

Editors’ note: This article is part of “Rethinking Our Democracy,” a series on institutional reforms to Congress and the presidency, which is a joint initiative by the Center for Effective Government at the University of Chicago and Protect Democracy. All other articles within this series can be found here.

The Constitution affords Congress the “power of the purse”: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” In recent decades, the rise of all-encompassing omnibus spending bills and other changes to the legislative process have eroded Congress’s exercise of this authority, limiting the influence of Congress and individual lawmakers over the course of federal spending.

Here’s why the process has broken down — and what Congress might do to fix the system…

Read the entire analysis at the Washington Post, here.

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