Comrade wrote:You could be correct about that. However, there is still no authorization for the President to spend money that has not been approved by Congress through passing of a law.
That would definitely be a violation of the separation of powers, but fortunately no one's talking about doing that. What's going on here is that Congress has specifically told
the president to spend money on various things. But another piece of legislation (the debt limit) says he can't borrow money.
So there's two contradictory laws here. Unless Congress fixes this problem, the president basically is going to be forced to violate one law (the budget) or the other (the debt ceiling), just because it's mathematically impossible to follow both.
Nobody is talking about the president spending money that hasn't been authorized by Congress. The question is whether he can borrow
money to pay for the spending that Congress has already required.
For some people, the most important thing is to not borrow any more money. Those people say that the president should cut off spending on some things that Congress has said we should pay for. There are two problems with this:
(1) It would mean the US government defaulting on obligations it's already incurred. For example, refusing to pay defense contractors for work they've already performed, or refusing to pay employees their wages, or yanking student loans from students who are in college, or whatever.
(2) It would give the president much more power than he's historically had. Future presidents would be able to claim that this precedent would allow them to decide what acts of Congress they want to obey and what they want to ignore. History shows that once the president has gained additional powers, future presidents pretty much never give them up. So that's a dangerous precedent to set.
But, in any case, the president is not going to be spending money that hasn't been approved by Congress. The only question is how he's going to pay for the spending that Congress has already written into law, or whether he would perhaps delay or cancel spending that Congress has required.