ICYMI: Members of Congress have lost control over spending

September 30, 2020
(This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post.) The Constitution affords Congress the “power of the purse”: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations… Read More

Twelve Ways to Find Dirt in “Clean” Appropriations Bills

September 29, 2020
(This piece originally appeared in Legislative Procedure.) If Congress does not act soon, funding for approximately one-third of the Federal government will expire on Thursday, at the end of… Read More

What’s really driving the national debt?

August 6, 2020
Last week, Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis tweeted an idea for a “fun data project:” “For every senator give them a deficit score. / What is the net deficit as scored by… Read More

COVID-19’s punishing effects on the federal deficit and debt

July 13, 2020
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) has a new report on COVID-19’s deleterious effects on the feral budget. CRFB projects: Deficits will expand by $5.7 trillion over… Read More

The power of the Spending Tracker

July 11, 2020
Over the last few months, Congress has appropriated trillions of dollars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid this flurry of spending, annual deficits are projected to be nearly $4 trillion… Read More

ICYMI: Broad coalition supports strengthening the legislative branch by providing additional funding

July 10, 2020
The Honorable Nita LoweyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Richard ShelbyChairCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States SenateThe Honorable Kay GrangerRanking MemberCommittee on AppropriationsUnited States House of RepresentativesThe Honorable Patrick LeahyRanking… Read More

Broad coalition calls for improved oversight of COVID-19 spending

July 7, 2020
When Congress comes back from its recess in a few weeks, at the top of its priority list will be a potential new round of fiscal relief. One item that’s… Read More

Congress should reassert its ‘power of the purse’

June 12, 2020
Source: WashingtonPost.com President Trump recently escalated a brewing battle over funding for the World Health Organization. In a letter to the WHO, he threatened a permanent funding freeze and reconsideration… Read More

Important COVID-19 update to SpendingTracker.org

May 1, 2020
In the last two months, multiple spending bills have been signed into law with the intention of alleviating the threat of the coronavirus pandemic and providing relief to individuals and… Read More

Presidential purse snatching

April 30, 2020
Some constitutional language is necessarily open-textured, as when it forbids the “establishment” of religion or “unreasonable” searches, or when it guarantees the “free exercise” of religion, “due process” and “equal… Read More