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Language in legislation or in legislative documents that restricts the availability of an appropriation by limiting its use or amount.

A restriction on the amount, purpose, or period of availability of budget authority. While limitations are most often established through appropriations acts, they may also be established through authorization legislation. Limitations may be placed on the availability of funds for program levels, administrative expenses, direct loan obligations, loan guarantee commitments, or other purposes.

Also see: Administrative Division or Subdivision of Funds; Appropriation; Appropriation Act; Appropriation Rider; Authorizing Legislation; Earmarks; § 7.81 Limitations, Earmarks, and General Provisions, in Congressional Deskbook.







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