How Tightly Can Congress Draw the Purse Strings?

  title={How Tightly Can Congress Draw the Purse Strings?},
  author={Louis Fisher},
  journal={American Journal of International Law},
  pages={758 - 766}
  • Louis Fisher
  • Published 1 October 1989
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of International Law
Of all the revelations emanating from the Iran-contra hearings, the most startling constitutional claim was the assertion that Congress cannot control foreign affairs by withholding appropriations. According to the argument advanced by some administration officials, if Congress prohibits the use of appropriations for foreign policy objectives—as it did with the Boland amendment—the President can nevertheless continue his goals by soliciting funds from the private sector and from foreign… 
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