Congress spent $310 billion last year on some 250 agencies and programs that were no longer — as required under the law and Congress’s own rules — authorized to receive and spend funds. This problem of “expired authorizations” has grown with the ever-expanding size of government; and it contributes to that expansion by undoing long-established restrictions on spending.
Some of the unauthorized expenditures, documented in a recent Congressional Budget Office report, are for small-budget programs. Among hundreds of items, there is $22.5 million in grants for bulletproof vests for police and $3 million for implementing the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act, neither of which has been authorized since 2013….(Read more at the Weekly Standard)