Magazine article The World Today

Roadblocks to Executive Power

Magazine article The World Today

Roadblocks to Executive Power

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Attention in the US election is focused on the President, but his or her power is constrained in many ways, as the drafters of the Constitution intended

Within the executive branch itself, the president has the powers to manage national affairs and the workings of the government. The president can issue rules, regulations and instructions called executive orders, which have the binding force of law upon federal agencies but do not require congressional approval. They are, however, subject to judicial review and interpretation.

Congress has authority over financial and budgetary matters, through the powers enumerated in the Constitution to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.

The House of Representatives has the power to impeach a government official, in effect serving as prosecutor. …

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