Impoundment Control

If there is one thing I trust, it’s that when Mitch McConnell says he’s going to stop Congress from doing something, that thing will not get done. Dude is the spirit of obstruction made flesh. His very DNA reads “stop.”

So it seems like the State Department is in the clear, as are the National Institutes of Health and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

By the way, I don’t know if any of you are as paranoid as I am and worried that even if Congress were to fund a department, the president could sit on the money and not disperse it… no, he can’t. Nixon tried to do that, so Congress passed the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, which took that option away from the executive branch. They have to ask Congress if it’s ok to not spend something. Congress usually declines to even hold a vote, because they already said they wanted it spent.

So if you can successfully get your congresspeople to put money toward a program you like, that program will happen.