Dec
6

WSJ to Congress: Cede the Power of the Purse
By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON

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James Madison Is The Father Of The ConstitutionJames Madison had a very different take on this matter.  In Federalist 58, he called the power of the purse “a constitutional and infallible resource” for Congress, and specifically for members of the House of Representatives, to use “to accomplish their just purposes.”

Madison wrote, “The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government.  They, in a word, hold the purse — that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the people gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the government.”

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