Sep 2, 2014

Elimination of “Such Sums” Discretionary Authorizations

Purpose

This protocol is designed to improve transparency and accountability in the authorization of discretionary programs.

Protocol

Any bill or joint resolution authorizing discretionary appropriations shall specify the actual amount of funds being authorized. Authorizations shall not utilize terms such as “such sums as may be necessary” or similar language that fails to specify the actual amount of funding being authorized.