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The United States Congress$
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Ross English

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063084

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.001.0001

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President and Congress

President and Congress

Chapter:
(p.120) 7 President and Congress
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The United States Congress
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Ross M. English

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.003.0007

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

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