Deficiency Appropriation (

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Deficiency Appropriation

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An appropriation made to pay obligations for which sufficient funds are not available. The need often results from violations of the Antideficiency Act. Though technically distinct from a supplemental appropriation, Congress has stopped passing separate deficiency appropriations and the distinction therefore has become obscured since the 1960s. (See Antideficiency Act; Supplemental Appropriation.)



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