Congress, the President, and the Lever of Appropriations


The humorist P.J. O’Rourke said, “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” It is a witty but sadly accurate statement. One of my goals in Congress is to reduce the size and role of the federal government. When I leave Congress, I hope to have less power than when I arrived. Another goal is to make the unelected bureaucracy of federal agencies more accountable to Congress and, by extension, to the American people. In November 2013, I was asked to join the House Appropriations Committee, which provides a unique opportunity to work on both goals.
How to Cite
. Congress, the President, and the Lever of Appropriations. Hinckley Journal of Politics, [S.l.], v. 15, july 2014. ISSN 2163-0798. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 may 2024.
Public Official Opinion Essays


Politics; Government