Congressional Power of the Purse Act

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The Constitution gave the power of the purse – the nation’s checkbook – to Congress. The Founders believed that this separation of powers would protect against monarchy and provide an important check on the executive branch. Congress has crafted longstanding, foundational laws that aim to prevent federal agencies from misspending – like the Antideficiency Act and the Impoundment Control Act.

But over time, both Presidents and agencies have pushed the boundaries of these, and other laws designed to prevent executive overreach, exploiting secrecy and limitations on enforcement to push their own agenda.

The reforms included in Chairman John Yarmuth’s Congressional Power of the Purse (CPP) Act will help Congress reclaim its Constitutional spending authority and safeguard our nation’s separation of powers.

Congressional Power of the Purse Act (Bill Text)

Section-by-Section Analysis


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