Sorry. I should have said by law... not the Constitution...
Originally Posted by General Buck Turgidson
Anyway, the budgets as we know them didn't start until 1921.
The Congress passed a law requiring the Executive to centralize the requests from the agencies.
The Federal Budget Cycle is governed mainly by these six laws:
1 Budget and Accounting Act.
2 Congressional Budget Act.
3 Antideficiency Act.
4 Impoundment Control Act.
5 Government Performance and Results Act.
6 Federal Credit Reform Act.
Before the first of these (passed as explained before in 1921) there was no centralized budgeting. Each of the agencies would request allocations which went before various Congressional Committees. That law centralized the functions and required the Senate to pass a budget each year setting expenditures.
Secondary Appropriations are for stuff that is not included on that budget even if Dung thinks I don't know what I am talking about.
Some problems I have with the way we do things is we have a bunch of stuff that automatically grows each year set on a baseline. This is called baseline budgeting, IMO each of the agencies should be required to request allocation of funds in the budget. I do like the centralization I simply dislike the accounting method. As well as the fact that we cannot seem to get our act together and get a balanced budget amendment passed, twice we missed by one vote...
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