Since the President's proposed federal budget for 2008 has just been released, it is worthwhile to consider the meaning of the the words "authorization" and "appropriation". Fortunately, Paul Jenks on GalleryWatch.com has written an easy to understand explanation of what these words mean for Congress. He also describes some of the tricks Congress plays when they "authorize" an action, but do not "appropriate" money to pay for it. One must not only listen to what Congress says, but watch what they do.
You may also remember from the Library's December display that Congress did not pass the 2007 budget. Congress is having to deal with this issue as well as looking ahead to 2008.
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