Congress, the President, and the Lever of Appropriations

Abstract

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.
Published
2014-07-10
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: <https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/HJP/article/view/1238>. Date accessed: 24 may 2024.
Section
Public Official Opinion Essays

Keywords

Politics; Government