The Congress Aims to Curtail Executive Power Through The Power of the Purse

November 8th, 2011

No, congress is not trying to defund a war effort. A US Senator wants to limit DOJ’s budget to prevent them from bringing suits challenging state immigration policies.

So, the president has the power as the commander in chief to execute a war. What happens if Congress, opposed to the war, defunds it?

Now, the president has a duty to take care that the laws–including federal immigration laws that may be frustrated by state laws–are faithfully executed. What happens if Congress, who supports the state laws, defunds such law suits by DOJ?

Is there a difference?

We always hear about the power of the purse and power of the sword rhetoric. The rubber meets the road here, I suppose.