Download congressional authorizations and appropriations how congress exercises the power of the purse through authorizing legislation appropriations measures supplemental appropriations earmarks and enforcing the authorization appropriations process or read online here in pdf or epub. The congressional authorization and appropriation processes authors eric rosenbach aki j peritz this power of the purse a two step process of appropriation and authorization over federal spending provides opportunities for accountability from the intelligence community ic to congress as budgets are drafted and appropriations . For discretionary spending the role of the authorizing committees is to enact legislation that serves as the basis for operating a program and that provides guidance to the appropriations committees as to an appropriate level of funding for the program that guidance typically is expressed in terms of an authorization of appropriations. Appropriations by congress the power to appropriate funds gives congress influence over all activities of the federal government article 1 section 9 of the us constitution specifies that no money shall be drawn from the treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law through . Appropriations measures are under the jurisdiction of the house and senate appropriations committees congress has also established an authorization appropriation process that provides for two separate types of measures authorization bills and appropriation bills these measures perform different functions and are to be considered in sequence
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