Where in the Constitution does it say that Congress should prepare a budget?

Each year, Congress, in conjunction with th President, creates a Federal budget for the purpose of spending money on projects for the benefits of the citizens of the US. Where in the Constitution does it say that Congress should prepare a budget?

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  • Paco
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    1 decade ago
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    It is not part of the constitution. In fact the "President's Budget" which is released every year in February dates back to 1921.


    The Federal budget cycle can be divided into three distinct phases that are generally sequential and yet intertwined. The first phase, which culminates in the transmittal of the President's budget proposals to Congress, is called the budget formulation phase. In the next phase, Congress acts upon laws that together constitute the enacted budget. Once the laws have been enacted, executive agencies carry out the laws in the budget execution phase. The Federal budget cycle is governed mainly by the following six laws,

    1 Budget and Accounting Act.

    2 Congressional Budget Act.

    3 Antideficiency Act.

    4 Impoundment Control Act.

    5 Government Performance and Results Act.

    6 Federal Credit Reform Act.

    Why is the Budget and Accounting Act important?

    Before this law, which was enacted in 1921, there was no annual centralized budgeting in the executive branch. Federal Government agencies usually sent budget requests independently to Congressional committees with no coordination of the various requests in formulating the Federal Government's budget. The Budget and Accounting Act required the President to coordinate the budget requests for all Government agencies and to send a comprehensive budget to Congress. It created the Bureau of the Budget, now the Office of Management and Budget, to help the President implement these requirements. It also required the President to include certain information in the budget. Congress has amended the requirements many times and has codified them as Chapter 11, Title 31, U.S. Code. These are some of the requirements:

    * "On or after the first Monday in January but not later than the first Monday in February of each year, the President shall submit a budget of the United States Government for the following fiscal year."

    * "Each budget shall include a budget message and summary and supporting information. The President shall include in each budget the following...." The provision goes on to list about thirty items, such as expenditures and receipts for the past year through the fourth year following the budget year, information on debt, financial information, and information on employment levels.

    * "Under regulations prescribed by the President, each agency shall provide information required by the President in carrying out this chapter. The President has access to, and may inspect, records of an agency to obtain information."

    * "Estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations for the legislative branch and the judicial branch...shall be submitted to the President before October 16 of each year and included in the budget by the President without change."

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  • 6 years ago

    The U.S. Constitution says in Article 1, Section 7, "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills...." Furthermore it says in Article 1, Section 9, "....No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law...."

    This gives the House of Representatives sole responsibility for originating the federal budget.

    Under President Obama and Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, as of January 2014 the U.S. has for five years been using the same budget that was proposed and passed by the Democratic House of Representative in 2009, and each year the President and the Democratic Senate have unconstitutionally refused to accept any new budget originated in the House of Representatives but instead have insisted on "amendments" which allow them to keep borrowing a Trillion plus dollars each year under the 2009 budget. And - to this day - they blame it on President Bush or the GOP House each time the 2009 budget's debt ceiling has to be amended again (i.e. "renegotiated"). In the time between the adoption of the current budget in 2009 and January of 2014 the national debt has gone up from roughly 10 Trillion dollars to about 17.5 Trillion dollars, an increase of almost $25,000 for every man, woman and newborn child in the U.S. Each person's share of the national debt is now around $55,000.

    • Flipper5 years agoReport

      Reading fail. "Revenue" is not the same as "budget." I'm surprised your partisan lie didn't get laughed off this page.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It doesn't. Article One says all bills for appropriations have to originate in the House. It is the Executive Branch which proposes a budget and it is the Congress which approves or disapproves it. The President proposes. The Congress disposes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It doesn't say that at all. What it says is that the President will create the budget and the Congress will approve ir or disapprove it. It says that Congress shall regulate currency -- but -- BIG BUT -- in 1913 during the Christmas break the Congress approved The Fereral Reserve a secret cartel of bankers to take over that function and Wilson signed it into law, abrogating the right of the people to determine the value of their own currency. The function of that cartel is to make money for itself. It is not -- NOT -- part of the federal government. Hope that helps.

    Source(s): Arron Russo: From Freedom to Fascism
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    • Mike E6 years agoReport

      Fool, it does NOT say anything about the president making ANY budget. That is BEYOND his duties.
      Before you TRY and tell people what the Constitution DOES say, perhaps you should READ it first.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The first article of the Constitution deals with Congress.

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  • DAR
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The President has that role, but if he doesn't take Congress's opinions into account they won't vote to pass it.

    • Mike E6 years agoReport

      President does NOT have that role. READ the Constitution, BEFORE remarking on what you WISH it says.

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  • 5 years ago

    The word "budget" is not in the Constitution.

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  • 1 decade ago

    WESTFIELD, BULLDOGS!!! (ruff ruff)

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