Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 3237; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 134
(House of Representatives - October 02, 2013)

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            By Mr. STUTZMAN:
        H.R. 3237.
        Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant 
     to the following:
       The principal constitutional authority for this legislation 
     is clause 7 of section 9 of article I of the Constitution of 
     the United States (the appropriation power), which states:
       ``No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in 
     Consequence of Appropriations made by Law . . .'' In 
     addition, clause 1 of section 8 of article I of the 
     Constitution (the spending power) provides: ``The Congress 
     shall have the Power . . . to pay the Debts and provide for 
     the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States. 
     . . .'' Together, these specific constitutional provisions 
     establish the congressional power of the purse, granting 
     Congress the authority to appropriate funds, to determine 
     their purpose, amount, and period of availability, and to set 
     forth terms and conditions governing their use.