Opinion on the Purposes for Which Appropriated Funds for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project Might Be Used Should a Bill Become Law

B-164105: Dec 5, 1977

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This document addresses a request for an opinion on the purposes for which funds contained in H.R. 9375 for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project might be used should the bill be enacted into law. In essence, the question is whether the President may properly use such funds to terminate the project or carry it forward on a basis different from that prescribed in the initial authorizing legislation. GAO found that there is not justification for considering the funds contained in H.R. 9375 for "the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project" as being unrestrained by the provisions of section 106 of P.L. 91-273. There is only one project that conceivably can come under that name and there is no legislation which removes the project from the constrains of section 106 relating to it. GAO found that appropriated funds "shall be applied solely to the objects for which they are respectively made, and for no others."

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