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Antecedents : Legislative Finance Committees in Great Britain and America

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Title: Antecedents : Legislative Finance Committees in Great Britain and America  
Author: Federal Depository Library
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Federal Depository Library Program, Political science.
Collections: Federal Depository Library Collection
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Excerpts: The control over public finance lay at the very heart of the development of representative government in the Anglo-American tradition. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the elected representatives of the people in both Parliament and the American colonial legislatures sought to limit the autocratic power of the Crown or its representatives to levy taxes without their prior consent. The Constitution of the United States in 1787, moreover, institutionalized this concept by bestowing upon Congress the power to levy taxes. When the First Federal Congress assembled in New York City in the spring of 1789, its members were in virtual agreement that the popularly elected house of the legislature should initiate money bills. There was less agreement on how public finance was to be administered.


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