Bowsher v. Synar

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Bowsher v. Synar
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 478 U.S. 714 (1986)
Date decided 1986

Facts

The President signed into law the Balanced Budget


Issues

Whether the assignment by Congress to the Comptroller General of the United States of certain functions under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 violates the separation of powers doctrine.


Holding

The constitution does not permit such intrusion.


Rules

Congress cannot grant Executive power to the Comptroller to curb spending after it has already been passed.