Congress blocks money from being spent on everything from phone books to Chinese chicken and topless dancers

As Congress moves toward a vote this week on a long overdue budget plan to fund the operations of the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year, the fine print of that bipartisan deal again shows a variety of efforts by the Legislative Branch to rein in the use of taxpayer dollars, blocking everything from a military base closure commission, to spending government money on 'topless or nude entertainers.'

The provisions in the 1,665 page bill are headlined by the phrase, "None of the funds" - as the Congress tells the Executive Branch that taxpayer dollars cannot be spent on specific items or activities.

A search of the "Omnibus" spending deal uncovered over 460 instances where the Congress makes clear how money should not be spent.

Here are some of those restrictions:

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