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Congress and The Presidency

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Julia Gaan (jgaan7@yahoo.com) Dr. Sell Political Science 120 Congress and The Presidency Congress as a whole makes laws. When Bills are addressed they must meet the approval of both the House and the Senate in order to become a Law, and then the President can always veto it. Congress also deals with matters of public concern be it something that needs to be investigated or something that needs to be put before the public to raise awareness. ...read more.


The House of Representatives has the authority to propose taxes, but the Senate must approve the bill first. In the House of Representative, the Speaker has a lot more say in how things are run than Senate leaders, who have to rely on persuasion to manage business.(Burns, 306) The House members form committees and subcommittees to debate issues. "Congress tends to have more power in domestic than foreign affairs." (Sell Lecture Notes, p.6) Congress shares responsibility with the president in declaring war, negotiating treaties with other countries and proving funds for soldiers and weapons. ...read more.


The President is also responsible proposing yearly budgets and helping boost economic development. The many divided tasks between Congress and the Presidency has made it difficult for agreements to be made and has caused much conflict. This is what the framers of the Constitution was relying on when they divided the powers and responsibilities so that checks and balances were put in place for all three branches of the government. (Burns, 329) Examples of issues in conflict are decisions on how health insurance should be reformed and Social Security policies. ...read more.

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