Unauthorized Spending Act 2016 with Tom Schatz of Citizens Against Government Waste - 5:57
"A program that may not be effective might be eliminated or reformed, or a new program might be initiated that could do the job better than an old program. What happens without the authorization is that a lot of things that have been going on for many years just keep going, because the appropriators really cannot make those decisions."
Posted Apr 01, 2016
Taxes fund critical infrastructure like schools and bridges. But, according to the Congressional Budget Office, in fiscal year 2016, Congress appropriated $310 Billion to 256 programs that are no longer authorized. A discussion with Thomas Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste. Schatz explains, "There's an authorized amount of money and then there's an appropriated amount of money, or an outlay, That's what actually gets spent. The authorization is really permission to spend the money. And when that step is skipped, the appropriations committees have to do all the work, and it's not really their job. ... a program that may not be effective might be eliminated or ?reformed, or a new program might be initiated? that could do the job better than an old program. What happens without the authorization?is that a lot of things that have been going on for many years just keep going, because the appropriators really cannot make those decisions." Visit CAGW on the web, on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
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