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im pownd muhnt

  • n  placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law

  • But even without impoundment, there is looming over the court a phantom docket of cases that have not yet been formally presented to the Justices but almost certainly will be.
  • That would undercut the Budget Act of 1974, which was passed after President Nixon repeatedly used impoundment to control the flow of federal spending in defiance of congressional .
  • Claiming he had a presidential right of impoundment, Nixon simply refused to spend at least $16 billion appropriated by Congress for a variety of projects.

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