Bowsher v. Synar - Significance, The Court Refines The Meaning Of Separation Of Powers, The Balanced Budget And Emergency Deficit Control Act
Charles A. Bowsher, Comptroller General of the United States
Mike Synar, Member of Congress
That a provision of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Reduction Program of 1985, giving budget-cutting authority--an executive function--to the comptroller general--a legislative branch employee--did not violate the principle of separation of powers.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Lloyd M. Cutler
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Alan B. Morrison
Justices for the Court
William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens
Harry A. Blackmun, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
7 July 1986
By a vote of 7-2, the Supreme Court struck down the contested provision.
- Myers v. United States, 272 U.S. 52 (1926).
- Humphrey's Executor v. United States, 295 U.S. 602 (1935).
- Wiener v. United States, 357 U.S. 349 (1958).
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