Introduction To American Politics Online Course Discussion Powers Of The President

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Question

Q: Powers of the President (and checks on those powers):

What, exactly, are the powers of the president, including the veto power? Other than the War Powers Resolution, which is addressed in another discussion topic in depth, discuss how the powers of the president may be “checked”. Checked by what or who, or under what circumstances? On the specific issue of the veto powers, how easy or difficult is it for Congress to overcome a veto? Is it any easier for the most recently elected Congress? Why or why not? Describe and discuss (thinking critically) the limitations or restraints. Discuss in some depth. Cite.

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From Exploring Constitutional Conflicts, the president would have the power by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, if they were to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur. He would also nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers, and Consuls, Judges of the supreme court and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law. But the Congress would by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts, or in the Heads of Departments. The President would also have the power to fill up all Vacancies that could happen during the Recess of the Senate, which would grant Commissions which would expire at the End of their session. From an explanation on Vetoes by the United States Senate, it would seem that it would be difficult to overcome a veto. The president would have to decline a bill that would be considered “veto,” then would be rationalized by the president to the House. The difficult aspect in my personal opinion would be that the president doesn’t agree on the bill then more processes would be made to explain why the bill is declined and why the bill is necessary.

Work Cited

Linder, Doug. “What Powers Does the Constitution Give to the President?” Presidential Powers under the U. S. Constitution, law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/prespowers.html.

“Vetoes.” U.S. Senate: Vetoes, 22 May 2020, www.senate.gov/reference/reference_index_subjects/Vetoes_vrd.htm.

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