President and Congress

Ross M. English

in The United States Congress

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063084
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700228 | DOI:
President and Congress

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This chapter studies the powers given to the President and Congress, showing that the United States Constitution ensures that every power given to the President and Congress is checked by the other government branch. It notes that Congress is the only body which can pass federal laws, and that it acts as an overseer of the executive branch. On the other hand, the President has the power to veto legislation that is passed by Congress, even if two thirds of the Senate and the House agree. The chapter also studies the concept of divided government, which has become frequent in the United States over the years.

Keywords: powers; checks; President; Congress; federal laws; executive branch; veto; divided government

Chapter.  6619 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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