One of Congress’s responsibilities is more commonly known as “power of the purse”, or control of the use of the nation’s money. Congress, and Congress alone, approves of the nation’s spending. Most importantly, Congress can enforce taxes on the people of the nation. The Congress is a part of the government that is the closest, so to speak, to the people. The people elect members to Congress every two years. The people play a large part in who is elected to Congress, so consequently the people play a large part in how the nation’s money is spent. As part of the checks and balances system established in the Constitution, Congress tracks all spending, and these records are available to the public. If the people are unhappy with the ways in which the money is used, they can elect new members to Congress biannually. This is debatably Congress’s most important power.
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