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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Bowsher v. Synar
Citation:478 U.S. 714 (1986)
The Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act gives the Comptroller General has the ultimate authority to determine the budget cuts to be made. The Comptroller General also commands the President himself to carry out the directive as to budget reductions. Under the Act, the Comptroller General must exercise judgment and interpret the provisions of the Act to determine what budgetary calculations are required. Within hours of the President’s signing of the Act, Congressman Synar, who had voted against the Act, filed a complaint alleging that the Act was unconstitutional. Synar and eleven other members argued that the Comptroller General is subservient to Congress and must follow its order.
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