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Writing of the Declaration of Independence


The term appropriation refers to the allocation of money or assets for a specific purpose.




Appropriations bills passed by the House Committee on Appropriations determine and authorize the expenditures of the government.


U.S. Senate Definition:


The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization and then appropriation. Legislation status tables and information about the appropriations process are available on the Appropriations page.



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