power of the purse

The influence that legislatures have over public policy because of their power to vote money for public purposes. The United States Congress must authorize the president's budget requests to fund agencies and programs of the executive branch. (See appropriation.)


Nearby words

  1. power lunch,
  2. power mower,
  3. power nap,
  4. power of appointment,
  5. power of attorney,
  6. power pack,
  7. power plant,
  8. power play,
  9. power point,
  10. power politics

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